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Thread: Fix: Waiting for background programs to close in Windows

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    Default Fix: Waiting for background programs to close in Windows

    Hello :-)

    I keep getting "waiting for background programs to close" when I go to shut down. Problem is, nothing shows at all, the list is blank. So if there is nothing showing in the list, why do I keep getting "waiting for background programs to close"?


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    Thanx for the link!

    It's probably Firefox. Great browser, though it can be sometimes slow to close completely

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    Your Windows is closing background services and processes that you may not be even aware of, saving work, and it is taking a bit longer than expected. Hence you see this message. If any process, application or process fails to respond then too you may get tis message.

    You can see if this hotfix at KB975777 helps you.

    You can disable this warning as follows:

    Open HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop with name AutoEndTasks and give it value 1. This will enable auto-ending of tasks, without manual intervention.

    You could also:

    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SYSTEM / CurrentControlSet / Control. Click on the “Control” Folder. Select “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” Right click on it and select Modify. The default value is 20000. Setting it to a lower 4 digit value, (say 5000) will make your PC shutdown faster, but you could end up losing data, so use this tweak judiciously. Remember, Windows does not in any case, recognise a 3-digit numeral here.
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    Got that, thanx for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloudchase View Post
    Thanx for the link!

    It's probably Firefox. Great browser, though it can be sometimes slow to close completely
    Glad it was of help.
    Try Chrome instead

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