Solved Does Windows 8.1 have a soft shutdown feature?

March 21, 2015 at 03:32:48
Specs: Windows 8.1
I mean by "soft" as in, if you shut it down, rather than fully shutting itself down it sort of goes into hibernation, except it isn't hibernation?

I can't explain it any better than that. It's just I have the power button configured to shut the computer down, rather than sleep or hibernate. Just now I had my hands full so I shut the computer down with the power button using my elbow to fix a wifi problem I was having (does it occasionally, restarting usually works). Computer said it was shutting down, turned off. I turned it on, it loaded up realy quick like it had instead been in hibernation, though it still logs me in but the wifi card problem wasn't resolved. In the end after I had my hands free I actually went into the power menu and restarted the computer and that fixed the problem.

This isn't the first time this has happened though. I always assumed shutting the computer down was identical in operation to restarting, it just didn't turn back on again afterwards. Has this changed in Windows 8 or something? Or is the fact I've got the power settings configured so the power button is supposed to turn the computer of being completely and utterly ignored and it's still putting it into hibernate or, hybrid sleep or something?

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March 21, 2015 at 03:58:45
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The simple answer is "Yes". One of the things that Microsoft worked on with Windows 8 was improving boot times, and they have certainly succeeded. It's not the same as hibernation, but uses some similar techniques.

You will notice that some boots, typically after applying updates, take longer. These are true, traditional cold boots.

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March 21, 2015 at 08:40:39
I've found that the fastest boot is after using "slide to shutdown".

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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