How To Properly Shutdown Windows 8 Without Disabling Hybrid Boot

Earlier versions of Windows would save both kernel and user session when using the Hibernate option, but as mentioned in an earlier post on how to enable Hibernate option for Windows 8, when you shut down Windows 8 from the Charms Bar, the system actually only hibernates the kernel by saving its state to your hard disk. It completely skips the user session, which includes currently running apps and their data. This clever trick, along with support for multiple cores at bootup and strong support for UEFI device, significantly reduces boot time. Your PC only boots up the traditional way when you use the Restart option.

Now, your average Joe will never really have to worry about such things, but if you come across a situation where you wish to shut down your PC without it hibernating the system kernel, you’ll have no option unless, of course, you happen to be a reader of AddictiveTips. Today, we’ve stumbled upon a neat way of adding an option that lets you shutdown without hibernating kernel.

The overall idea is to create a shortcut that runs a command to power off your PC without any hibernation involved. Let’s get right into it.

Right-click an empty space on your desktop and select New > Shortcut. In the window that pops up, enter the following command:

shutdown /s /t 0


Click on Next and name your shortcut. You can name it anything you like, of course. We named it “Proper Shutdown” because, you know, that’s what the shortcut does.


Now, right-click on the shortcut you just created and select Properties. Click on the Change Icon option in the new window that shows up.


You can choose any icon you want, but we recommend choosing the shutdown icon that, as far as I can remember, was first used in Windows XP. Click on OK to set it as your icon after selecting it.

Now, you may double-click on the created shortcut to shut down your system the proper way. If you like, you can pin it to your Taskbar or Start screen. Just be sure to place it where you won’t accidentally click on it.



If you’re interested in alternative ways of shutting down your Windows 8 PC, check out our post on how to add Shutdown & Restart tiles to Start screen and even how to add power options straight to the right-click menu. You can also completely turn off Hybrid Boot using Tweak Me!

[via How-to Geek]

  • Bernd

    Poper Shutdown

  • Bernd

    Poper Shutdown

    • Heh. Thanks for pointing out the typo. The screenshot has been fixed.