View Full Version : Adding AddingAutoEndTasks to the registry

11-10-2010, 12:29 PM

I'm trying to force vista to shutdown and one of the suggestions is:
Registry File: AutoEndTasks
Function: To end running tasks and automatically shutdown
How to change:
a. Go to “Start”, click “Run” and type “regedit” to open Windows Registry directory
b. Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
c. Look for the Registry Key called AutoEndTasks . Right-click, select Modify and Change the value to 1.
d. Exit Windows Registry

However when I get there the AutoEndTasks entry isn't there.

What, exactly, do I have to do to create it. I can rightclick "New" but then I don't know which thing(s) to choose.


Speedy Gonzales
11-10-2010, 12:42 PM
You should have added this to this http://pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?t=113213. Instead of creating another post

Its probably new / DWord (32 bit), then type in AutoEndTasks, then dbl click on this entry then change it to 1. Then reboot then see if it works

11-10-2010, 01:18 PM
Sorry Speedy - you're right

Done it now by selecting New > String Value and changing it to 1. It seems to work OK and has solved the problem. There's one or two other things I'm going to try and I'll add the ones that work to the original post


Speedy Gonzales
11-10-2010, 01:45 PM
Is this the same laptop?? http://forums.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=102148

It sounds like its had nothing but probs

11-10-2010, 04:41 PM
Hi Speedy

Yeah, same one! The hard drive failure didn'y help but me and the lappie have bonded so that's why I'm trying to prevent a repeat of last year and am chasing the imaging/ backup situation in another thread. Boy, you've got a good memory!