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Automatically Shutdown Not Responding Applications

(Windows NT)
Often when Windows NT shutdown, a task will return as 'Not Responding' and you are given the choice to 'End Task' enabling this function automatically ends the task.

1. Open the registry and find the key below.

2. Modify the value of 'AutoEndTasks' to equal '1' for enabled.

3. The default time-out before ending the task is defined by the value of 'WaitToKillAppTimeout' located in the same key, this value is in milliseconds (default=20000 i.e. 20 seconds). You can therefore additonally change this value to speed the process up.

Note: This change will affect all users but value can also be changed on a user basis by modifying [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop] and the same registry key.

Registry Settings:

Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
Value Name: AutoEndTasks
Data Type: REG_SZ
Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)


Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.


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