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Is it possible to reduce the amount of time it takes before Windows To Go shuts down after removing the memory stick that it runs from? Currently it takes 60 seconds after the memory stick is removed before the system shuts down, but I would like to decrease this time.

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closed as off-topic by Wesley, Michael Hampton Jun 26 '13 at 20:38

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Are you simply unplugging the USB stick before shutting down "Windows to Go"? Per MS: "You should never remove your Windows To Go drive when your workspace is running. The computer freeze is a safety measure to help mitigate the risk of accidental removal. Removing the Windows To Go drive without shutting down the Windows To Go workspace could result in corruption of the Windows To Go drive." – TheCleaner Jun 26 '13 at 14:40
Yes, that's what I'm doing. I know it's not the proper way to shut down the machine but I don't need a clean shutdown. :) – user1049697 Jun 26 '13 at 20:05
@user1049697 Yes, you need a clean shutdown. – Wesley Jun 26 '13 at 20:14
@WesleyDavid A clean shutdown is of course vastly preferred and the best solution, but it is not the one I need. – user1049697 Jun 26 '13 at 20:16
This is a site for professionals and you have asked an apparently unprofessional question. You really should clarify the professional use case for this. – Michael Hampton Jun 26 '13 at 20:38

Yes. Pull the power cable instead.

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Why not? You may as well if you're not shutting down clean. It carries similar risk and is near instantaneous. – Tanner Faulkner Jun 26 '13 at 20:26
Windows to Go is not for people that wear tinfoil hats. It's not meant to solve the problem that you're describing. Perhaps you should rig a self-destruct switch that's tied in to the lanyard as well so that your laptop becomes a bomb when stolen. – MDMarra Jun 26 '13 at 20:30
You honestly think someone's going to snatch your laptop while you are using it and spend the next minute reading what is on the screen instead of running off with it? If you are that concerned get a laptop security lock/chain and handcuff the thing to your wrist. – TheCleaner Jun 26 '13 at 20:32
The comments you are getting here are simply to illustrate that what you are wanting isn't a proper way of handling the issue or using the tech at your disposal. You would have to reach out to the development team at MS that created "Windows to Go" to possibly get an answer to this. There's very little documentation on MSDN/Technet regarding this. – TheCleaner Jun 26 '13 at 20:39
If you have the type of "adversary" that would break into your living area, steal your laptop, and then be fierce enough to spend that 1 minute reading your screen while holding you off physically instead of running, then you have bigger issues than how to shut windows down faster. Get some help, man. – MDMarra Jun 26 '13 at 20:40

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