Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Auto endtask to shut down a stubborn XP computer

This registry tweak automatically ends tasks and timeouts that prevent programs from shutting down and clears the Paging File on Exit.

1. Copy the following (everything bolded) into notepad.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]


2. Save the file as shutdown.reg (select save as, the type of file is "all files" from the drop down. Notepad defaults to saving everything as a txt extension. This will not work, and must be save as a reg extension.

3. Double click the file to import into your registry.

NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled.