Thursday, June 12, 2014

Procedure To Completely Shut Down Your Computer In Windows 8

Windows 8, the latest Windows operating system, is amazing when it comes to the boot speed. There is something called Fast Boot, which allows the OS to boot much faster than any Windows OS you have known and seen until now. For making this possible, Windows 8 is set by default not to actually shut down when you click on the Shut Down option; it hibernates instead. Now, if you want to know what this is, we need to know Hybrid Shutdown part of the equation. Now, the Fast Boot part, as mentioned earlier, involves Windows 8 starting very quickly when you turn on your computer. Multi-core processors and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) do help in filliping Fast Boot.

In the previous Windows versions, if we look at the hibernation file, it was huge, because all application data, device drivers and kernel are stored in this file. Now, the file is much smaller and so the boot/load time is reduced.

In case you are not aware, the Fast Startup in Windows 8 is by default enabled. Now, for checking this, you can go to the Power Options in Control Panel. Then in the option you need to scroll down and look for a box checked Turn on fast start-up. If you do not see this checkbox listed, this it is because the hibernation option is not enabled. In Windows 8 you can enable hibernation by going to command prompt and then entering the following command:

powercfg /hibernate on

When the box (when you go to Power Options) is visible and checked, you can shut down your Windows 8 system completely, and there are three ways to do this.
  • Go to Power Option and disable Fast Startup.
  • Restart you computer instead of performing a shut down.
  • Open an elevated command prompt and type the following command: shutdown /s /full/t 0
It may seem weird to you, restarting in Windows 8 is not the same you have seen in previous Windows versions. In Windows 8, when you restart, the OS will perform a complete shutdown, followed by a cold boot.

So, you have seen the various methods available to perform a complete shutdown of Windows 8.

For more information on Windows 8 problems or Windows 8 in general, you can go to the official website. Information on various Windows 8 problems is also available on the Internet for you to refer.

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