One of the basic criticisms of Windows Phone 7 is the slow resume times for applications when multitasking.
A recently discovered registry tweak appears to address these concerns by speeding up resume times of applications to instant. The folks at Windowsphonehacker.com revealed a registry tweak that allows games and applications to resume instantly and run in the background fully on Windows Phone 7. The hack is reversible and takes effect immediately. Unfortunately only officially unlocked Windows Phone developer devices can enable the registry change.
Microsoft has previously promised, and demonstrated, full multitasking on the Windows Phone 7 platform, due in an update later this year. It appears the functionality is already half baked judging by this latest registry tweak. If you have an officially unlocked developer device then try the steps below:
- Download and deploy the Windows Phone 7 registry editor
- Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\TaskHost
- set “DehydrateOnPause” to 0 (defaults to 3)
If you experience any battery issues or memory problems then you can always revert the setting back to its default of 3. Checkout the tweak in action below.