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Slow Shutdown in Windows Server 2003


By steve - Posted on 08 April 2005

Why does it take Win2003 forever to shutdown? Exchange server is holding things up! A simple registry setting will help speed things along.

To resolve this problem, change the value of the WaitToKillServiceTimeout registry entry to two minutes. To do this, follow these steps.

Warning: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. I cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

  • Start Registry Editor. To do this, click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  • In the right pane, double-click the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value.
  • In the Value data box, type 120000, and then click OK.
  • Quit Registry Editor, and then restart Windows Server 2003.

See the original Microsoft KB article for more information.

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