Windows 8: Fast Boot and Hybrid Shutdown Features

windows 8 fast boot and hybrid shutdown features.

Is Windows 8 already installed on your laptop? Have you felt the difference from some previous versions of Windows? Maybe one feature that feels different is the boot speed and Shut down, in addition to the Metro display of course. But have you ever noticed this feature on your laptop? Even though this feature has a significant effect on the hardware of your computer device. Maybe your ignorance will change when reading this article.

Fast Boot

Fast Boot is one of the features behind the fast boot of your Windows 8. The fact is that half of the Windows 8 operating system is still running in memory when you Shut down Windows 8. So the boot process or the Shutdown process is faster. This is the same as logging in to the operating system when the system was in hibernate state in previous Windows features.

The negative side of hibernate is a waste of hard drives. The appearance of the hiberfil.sys file whose capacity will adjust to the file you open. For example, if you open word, excel, and PowerPoint in a session and then hibernate, what happens to hiberfil.sys will be the greater the storage capacity. In addition, it also does not rule out the possibility of a hang system, because the hardware is used continuously without pause.

Hybrid Shutdown

Indirectly, it can be said that Windows 8 only closes sessions and services, but still runs some processes that are considered "important". This is certainly different from the Shut down algorithm in previous versions of Windows where the system will rest the hardware system by sending a signal to ACPI. Briefly, how Hybrid Shutdown works can be written:

 1. Click Shut down

 2. Windows 8 spreads messages to all running systems. Some will give you the option to save and some will be immediately closed by the system.

 3. Windows 8 closes the session from the user.

 4. The system hibernates

So it can be concluded that when Shut down on Windows 8 is run, it is the same as the user logging off and then hibernating the system on the old Windows version.

To make the system like the Windows system in previous versions, you can disable Fast Boot and Hybrid Shutdown. Here's how to do this activity:

Disable Fast Boot

The Fast Boot feature can be disabled in Windows 8 through several steps:

 1. To no longer use the Fast Boot feature, you can start by setting power options. Which you can access by using the search field in Windows 8 or with the Control Panel.

 2. Scroll to the bottom of the window, uncheck "Turn on fast startup"

 3. In some cases, unchecking is not possible. To overcome this, point your mouse pointer to the top. Find the word “Change settings that are currently unavailable” which is usually blueprinted. If you click maybe unchecking will be done. Do a save when you are done making changes.

Full Shutdown

If you don't want to use Hybrid Shutdown, you can also use Full Shutdown provided by Windows.

 1. Access Command Prompt or cmd, you can use search or Win-key+R (run) by typing cmd.

 2. Type shutdown.exe to see a list of commands that you can use. For example, shutdown /s /t 0 or you can read in the previous article about Shut down.


When you disable the Fast Boot and Hybrid Shutdown features, your Windows 8 will run normally. Maybe some older machines will take longer to boot and shut down than new machines. So it will still be your choice to use or disable this feature. Good luck!

Hopefully, this article about Windows 8: Fast Boot and Hybrid Shutdown Features, gives you a little insight. Also, read an article about Windows Ext4 Partition Overview that you may need to know. Thank you.

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