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#1 fishcad

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 09:16 PM

We have two Win 7 Pro machines.  If a program is running when we shutdown the computer there is a warning that flashes on the screen but the screen stays up for FAR too short a time to do anything about it.  Fortunately we are both good about saving work and closing programs before shutting down.  Is there any way to adjust that warning to stay on the screen long enough to read it and take action in case we forget to save?



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:35 PM

How do you know that it's a warning...if you cannot read it?

 

FWIW:  IMO, it's not unusual for programs to be running when Windows attempts shutdown procedures.  Such normally have little impact on shutting down, IME.

 

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 06:06 AM

To accomplish your objective you need to edit the Windows Registry.
Before making any changes to the Registry, create a restore point.
If you have any doubt on how to proceed don't hesitate to ask for help.

You can follow this step-by-step guide but increasing the milliseconds instead of reducing it: How to Specify WaitToKillAppTimeout
 
 
If this change does not do what you expect, there are other related registry entries (and guides are at the bottom of the linked article).
 

WaitToKillAppTimeout
Determines how long the system waits for user processes to end after the user attempts to log off or to shut down Windows. When the time specified in this entry expires, the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the process did not respond. If the value of AutoEndTasks is 1, the system ends the process automatically.

  • Value expressed as milliseconds in decimal, i.e. 20000 (20 seconds)

AutoEndTasks
Determines whether user processes end automatically when the user either logs off or shuts down Windows.

  • A value of 0 means: The system waits until the process ends, and, if the process takes more time than the value of the HungAppTimeout entry, the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the application cannot respond to the End Task request.
  • A value of 1 means: Processes end automatically.

HungAppTimeout
Specifies how long the system waits for user processes to end after the user clicks the End Task command button in Task Manager. If this threshold is exceeded, the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the process did not respond.

  • Value expressed as milliseconds in decimal.


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 11:59 AM

If you are going to edit the registry you should be aware that if you make an error it could result in creating a very expensive door stop.  If you are new to editing the registry I would suggest not doing this.  If you do decide to do the edit you should backup the registry with a program like Tweaking.com's Registry Backup.  Creating a new restore point is a good idea, but these have been know to not work properly, and usually at the time you really need it to work.


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:40 PM

Please download MiniToolBox to your desktop.
 
Right-click on MiniToolBox.exe and select Run as Administrator.
 
You will see an image like the one below.
 
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Click on the following checkbox only:
 
• List last 10 Event Viewer log
 
Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, then copy it and paste it in your topic.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 02:31 PM

In my experience, programs notify you if you have not saved your work if you attempt to close it or shut down the computer so you have to click an option to save or not save your work.  However if you just have a program open Windows will flash a screen that you have a program running and it is shutting it down.  Depending on how many or how big it is and how long it takes to shut it down determines how long the screen displays.  In your case the one program must be very easy for windows to shut down so it just flashes.  Therefore, there does not seem to be anything wrong with your computers, they are behaving as they were designed to.



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 04:16 PM

Member last active day of original post.

 

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