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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Make Your Windows Vista shut down services faster

Windows Vista can, after a while take progressively longer and longer to shut down. This is due to applications that install services that start at boot time and then take ages to stop and sometimes time out when Windows is being shut down. Luckily for us, there is a way to force Windows to shut down these services much quicker. Doing this will make Vista shut down much faster!

Here's how you do it:

-- Press Windows key + R (This will bring up the Run dialog)

-- In the Run dialog box type regedit and press Enter

-- Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

-- On the right hand window pane you will see multiple string values.

-- Look out for one called WaitToKillServiceTimeout. It should have a default
calue of 20000. This represents 20000 millisconds or 20 seconds.

-- Double click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and change the value to 5000 (Anylower value could cause system instability and likely errors)

-- Click OK and we're done!

You can now close the Registry Editor window.


Re-Enable Missing Hibernate Option In Windows Vista

One of the most common problem in Windows Vista is "Missing Hibernate option in startmenu".

The hibernate option disappears whenever you run "Disk Cleanup" because Disk Cleanup wizard also removes Hibernate files.

So if you use Hibernate then make sure you deselect "Hibernattion File Cleaner" option from the list in future.

To re-enable missing Hibernate option continue reading:

- Click on "Start button -> All Programs -> Accessories".

- Right-click on "Command Prompt" and select "Run As Administrator".

- If you are prompted to enter password, enter the password and continue.

- You can also open Command Prompt in Administrator mode by typing "cmd" in Startmenu Search box and press "Ctrl+Shift+Enter".


Unlock Hidden Vista’s Boot Screen

If you are bored with your Old Windows Vista Boot Screen and Want the new one, so here we let you know how to Unlock Hidden Vista’s Boot Screen.

Windows Vista has a hidden boot screen that you can activate, and it’s totally different. Instead of the boring progress bar, you’ll see a soft aurora against a black background.

- Click Start, type msconfig in the Search field and press .

- After you click through the UAC prompt, a system configuration window will open.

- Select the Boot tab.

- In the Boot tab, check the box marked No GUI boot.

- Click Apply and click OK.

- Windows will prompt you to restart the PC so click Restart.

The next time your computer reboots, you’ll see the aurora screen with a black background and the text ‘Starting Windows Vista’ at the bottom.

If you decide to restore the original startup screen, just to back into the system configuration tool and uncheck the No GUI boot option.


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