How to speed up Windows 7 shutdown times

It's a pain when your computer seems to be taking forever to shut down. There are a few things you can try to get Windows 7 to shut down more speedily. 

Fix 1: clear up your Startup items

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Windows 7 startup items system configuration

The Startup tab in the System Configuration will let you turn off some programs and services

As strange as this may sound, changing the way the computer starts up also has a big impact on how the computer shuts down. The more programs that're told to start when the computer starts, the more programs it has to close when the computer turns off. You might find you don't need a lot of what automatically starts up. 

To check which programs are set to start when you log in, follow our step-by-step instructions.

1.

Hold down the Windows key (usually found in the lower-left section of your keyboard) and press the letter R. This will open a Run box.

2.

In the text box which appears, type msconfig and click OK. This will launch a new window called System Configuration.

3.

The System Configuration Utility has a number of tabs along the top of the window. You'll need to find the Startup tab and click once on it to view the startup list.

4.

Here you'll see a list containing every process which is set to begin once you're signed in to your computer, with tickboxes next to each. An item with a tick in the box will start automatically, so removing the ticks will stop that program from opening until you tell it to.

Be careful with turning off important bits like your antivirus, as this can have a bad effect on your computer. Stick to turning off programs you recognise and you shouldn't have any problems.

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Windows tries to be as helpful as possible by indexing all your files and folders, making things much easier to search for. Unfortunately, not all of us utilise the search function very often. Turning off the 'indexing service' will give your PC much less to think about, so itll be able to do things like shut down more quickly.

To disable Search Indexing and stop your hard disk drives from keeping your computer awake, follow the short steps listed below.

1.

From the Start menu, find and click on Computer.

2.

Right-click on your primary hard drive (normally, this is called 'C:'). You can repeat the process for any other drives you may have installed in your machine afterwards.

3.

From the right-click menu, find and click on Properties.

4.

Untick Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties.

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Click OK to complete the process. If you have more than one hard disk drive, right-click on the next one (usually this will be your 'D:' drive) and repeat steps 3 and 4.

A more direct way of disabling the indexer entirely can be performed by following these next few steps. It's a bit more in-depth than the process listed above and as such is only recommended for those who feel comfortable with it.

1.

Press and hold the Windows key and tap the letter R to open the Run box.

2.

Type services.msc and click OK.

3.

Find and double-click on Windows search in the services list to view its properties.

4.

Click Stop.

Turning off this service means that searching using the Windows key + F shortcut will no longer work anywhere near as well as it did previously, so if you need to revert your changes to the service, simply follow these instructions again but tick the box or click Start to re-enable the Windows Search Index.

These are the most effective ways we have found to shut down your computer safely and speedily.

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