Previous versions of Windows would saved both kernel and user session when using the Hibernate option, but as already mentioned on how to enable Hibernate option for Windows 8, when you shutdown Windows 8 from the Charms Bar, the system actually just hibernates the kernel by simply saving its state to your hard disk. It entirely skips the user session, that contains currently running apps and their data. This smart trick, along with support for multiple cores at bootup and strong support for UEFI device, immensely reduces boot time. Your PC only boots up the typical way when you use the Restart option.
Now, your average Joe will never really have to worry about such stuff, but if you meet up a situation where all you want to do is to shut down your PC without it hibernating the system. Then this article will give you the solution.
Completely Shutdown Windows 8 Without Disabling Hybrid Boot
The overall idea is to create a shortcut that runs a command to power off your PC without any hibernation’s involvement. Let’s see how to do it.
Right-click on an empty space on your desktop and after that select New > Shortcut. In the window that pops up, you need to enter the following command:
shutdown /s /t 0
After that click on Next and then name your shortcut. You can name it anything you want to, of course. Here it is named as “Proper Shutdown” because, you know, that’s what the shortcut will eventually do.
After that, right-click on the shortcut that you have just created and after that select Properties. Then you need to 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 want to, you can pin it to your Taskbar or Start screen. Just make sure that you place it where you won’t end up accidentally clicking on it.