Decrease The Timeout Value For Non-Responsive Applications (XP)

When you shut down XP, it attempts to end all tasks that are currently running. If a task does not respond nor shuts down, XP will wait a specific amount of time before forcing the task to end. This time frame is referred to as the timeout. If you do not want XP to wait as long to end a non-responsive task, you can decrease the timeout value.

To accomplish this:

  1. Open the Registry Editor.

  2. Expand the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop.

  3. In the details pane, double click the WaitToKillAppTimeout. The default value is 20000 milliseconds or 20 seconds.
  4. Set the value lower than the default. The minimum value is 1 millisecond.
  5. Close the Registry Editor.
  6. Restart XP.

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