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anything to speed up win2k shutdown process?

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February 9, 2006 10:17:25 AM

Okay I have 4 or 5 computers which I have installed win 2k pro on which i chose to use because i like the it the best out of any microsoft os. However it takes sooooo long to boot and even longer to shutdown. But it seems random too, on one machine which is an old dell p3 700mhz with a 8gb hd almost full and like 256 edo ram, it takes forever to boot (makes sense) but only a few seconds to turn off after you initiate shutdown. However on my newer machines with fast harddrives and p4's or amd's sometimes the shutdown process can take upwards of 30 seconds. It just sits there saying saving system settings or network settings, can't remember. Is there a magic setting or a few settings that will stop it from taking so long to shutdown? Non of these computers is in a server environment just stand alone, although some are networked to share internet.

I use NAV corp 10 with highest level of protection enabled, sp4 + all available updates, and a few anti spyware programs running, but as far as server apps or anything related to saving settings, there isn't anything.

Any help would be appriciated. :?:
February 13, 2006 4:37:30 PM

i honestly dont know. i had the same problem with win2k as well, long bootups long shutdowns. xp works much faster and with sp2 its just as good as 2000. try taking things out in the registry under local machine, software, microsoft, windows, current version, run. or do run, msconfig and disable some things on start up
February 15, 2006 9:37:18 AM

been there, tried that... I know xp is much faster on boot/shutdown, but i just like 2kpro's interface so much better and after bootup I find 2000 to be faster and more stable than xp. Someone must know what service is running when it spends 30 seconds "saving system settings" when you try to shut down...
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February 15, 2006 2:34:49 PM

yeah.. damm saving settings. id say just go xp and set it to classic settings. xp sp2 is a lot better than regular xp, and you may as well just upgrade and get used to it. soon, software will only support xp and up, so youll have to sooner or later.
September 27, 2006 5:41:57 PM

Windows XP stores a couple of values in its registry which are responsible for determining how long to wait before shutting down open applications and services once the shutdown command has been given.

By editing these two settings and changing them to lower values, you can considerably decrease the amount of time that Windows XP needs to successfully shut itself down. The first part of this tweak deals with setting the amount of time Windows will take to kill open applications on shutdown.


Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\’
Highlight the ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′.
Now highlight the ‘HungAppTimeout’ value
Set it to ‘1000′ also.

The second part of this tip changes the same settings, this time for all users on the system.

Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control

Panel\Desktop’
Highlight the ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′.
Now highlight the ‘HungAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′ also.

In the third part of this tip, we will alter a second registry setting to decrease the amount of time Windows XP will wait before shutting down active services after receiving a shut down command.

Open REGEDIT and navigate to

‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\’

Highlight the value ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’

Change this value to ‘1000.’

This should help to considerably speed up the time Windows XP takes to shut itself down.

Auto kill tasks on shutdown

By default, Windows XP will prompt the user for input if there are one or more applications which have crashed or are not responding and it receives a shut down command. This halts the shutdown process entirely until the user approves the stopping of the non-responsive app.

By altering the registry slightly, Windows XP can be set to close crashed applications automatically. While this does not technically speed up the shut down process, it does streamline it, and ensure that the user will not give the shutdown command then get up and leave, only to find the PC still powered on because Windows never received input on what to do with a hung application.

To allow Windows XP to close non-responsive applications automatically upon shutdown:

Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop’

Highlight the value ‘AutoEndTasks.’

Change the value to ‘1′

XP will now be able to close hung applications without user input during the shutdown process.
October 4, 2006 12:19:51 AM

Also check for BIOS updates for your machines. Had a IBM P4 workstation - Updated the BIOS, and startup/shutdown speed more than doubled. Interestingly, the update instructions said it resolved this issue on Win2000 & that 98, NT and XP were not affected by it. Don't know what the issue with Win2000 was, but it fixed it.
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