Forcing Unresponsive Applications to Close at Shutdown
If you are like me, nothing annoys you more then having Windows tell you that it cannot shut down your computer because one of your applications is unresponsive. At this point, if you want to close your PC, you'll need to go to the Task Manager and terminate the culprit by selecting it and pressing on the "End Now" button. There is a way to remedy this situation, and here's how to do it:
(Warning: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft or I cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.)
- Go to Start->Run, type regedit in the "open" text field and press OK
- Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop (as seen on the picture below)
- Find the string Value named AutoEndTasks, double click it and change its data value to 1
- Exit regedit, reboot, and voila! you're done!
The next time an application will be crashed when you try to turn off your PC, Windows will auto end it and proceed to shut down your computer automatically.