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Shutdown XP Faster
Like previous versions of windows, it takes long time to restart or shutdown windows XP when the "Exit Windows" sound is enabled. To solve this problem you must disable this useless sound.
Click Start button.
Go to settings > Control Panel > Sound, Speech and Audio devices > Sounds and Audio Devices > Sounds.
Then under program events and windows menu click on "Exit Windows" sub-menu and highlight it. Now from sounds you can select, choose "none" and then click Apply and OK.
Now you should see some improvements when shutting down your system
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Nice information, i adding another way to shutdown XP faster:
One of the biggest annoyances in Windows XP is waiting for what seems an eternity while it shuts down, so we have a couple of registry tweaks to help force Windows to shut down more quickly.
Usually what is happening is one or more applications is hanging up to 20 seconds (in the Registry all values are set to milliseconds) while the OS tries to shutdown. Before making any changes to the Registry it is highly advisable to create a back up
1.The first thing we need to do is access the Registry by going to Start \ Run and type in “regedit” (no quotes) then click OK.
2.Now with the Registry Editor open the first change we want to make is under HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop scroll down to HungAppTimeout and change the default 5000 to 1000 then click OK.
3.Then scroll down to WaitToKillAppTimeout from 20000 to 1000 then click OK. Keep the Registry Editor open as we have 3 more values to change in two different sections.
4.Next we are going to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control and double click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout to 1000 then click OK.
5.Finally, we need to navigate to HKEY_USERS \ DEFAULT \ Control Panel \ Desktop and change HungAppTimeout to 1000 and click OK.
Then scroll down to WaitToKillAppTimeout to 1000 and click OK.