By Richard Stokes

Slow PCIt’s 5:15pm and your old foe; ‘Atlanta traffic’ is waiting for you as soon as you get in your car.  You’re staring at your screen in the office, waiting for your PC to shut-down and wondering why on earth does it take so long?

And with every second that passes you know that the car volume is building and you’re that much further from getting home or to your next appointment or wherever it is you’re desperately trying to go.  Then a message pops up on your screen that says something like; “saving your settings” or “closing network connections” or “waiting for applications to close” and as you wait, you can feel your blood pressure rising – which is okay if you work in a doctor’s office but for the rest of us, not so much.

Admit it – we’ve all been there.  Now it’s totally possible that you have a bunch of applications running in the background that slow down the process anyway but here’s an easy trick that will speed that process up a little.

By default your PC plays an audio sound when you shut your computer down – you might remember it from the Microsoft XP days.  It’s called the ‘Exit Windows’ sound.  Turn that off and you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes. Go ahead give it a try – here’s what you do:

1)    Go to your Control Panel and look for ‘Sounds’.  Depending on your settings your control panel might look like this:

Sound Menu





or this…

Sound Menu2




2)    On either window, click on ‘Sound’ and you’ll get the following pop up menu.  Click on the Sounds tab and look for the ‘Exit Windows’ option.

Exit Windows








3)    Click ‘Exit Windows’ and change the sound to ‘None’ and click ‘Apply’

Sound None








To see how much of a difference it makes for you, try shutting your computer down first, before you make the change, then make the change and shut down again and see how much it speeds up your shutdown time.  I bet you’ll see a difference.  Now get in your car, fire up Waze and get home for dinner!

RS Head ShotRichard Stokes

With 15+ years working in the technology sector in a combination of outside sales and strategic consulting, Richard is committed to delivering the right solutions and services for clients and business partners. or 404.997.7652


Network 1 Consulting is a 15-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA.  We become – or augment – the IT department for professional services companies: law firms, medical practices and financial services firms.  Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms.  This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly.  We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.


  1. PrimeOutsourcing on November 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Every second matters. Even shutting down of PC’s shouldn’t take too long. Nice post!

  2. Staffchecking on November 8, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Every second counts. Even shutting down of PC’s shouldn’t take too long. Nice post!

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