This is a pretty big pet peeve of mine: When trying to shut down the computer, I get message boxes telling me that a program is still running! I always close all programs before I shut down, but that doesn’t actually mean that the program has closed – some programs still run in the background!
This Registry Hack will automatically kill all programs that are running, either in the background or in the foreground, upon shutdown.
As always, please read this important information on editing the System Registry.
- Hit the Windows Key+R, type regedit into the run dialog and hit OK.
- Now that you’re in the the Registry, navigate to this key:
- Double click the AutoEndTasks key (in the right pane) and change the Value Data to
- Close the Registry and restart your machine to enable the change!
Now, when you shut down this computer, all programs will be killed and the computer shouldn’t be delayed!