Fix Windows 8 and Later Restart and Shutdown Problems by Disabling “Hybrid Shutdown” Feature

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8.1 and later.

There are many Windows 8 users who are complaining about various restart and shutdown issues. Many times their Windows 8 computers restart themselves as soon as the login screen appears. Sometimes their computer systems hang while rebooting or shutting down the system.

Most of the times these kind of issues are related with the new "Hybrid Shutdown" feature introduced in Windows 8. Hybrid shutdown feature of Windows 8 decreases the total startup time by hibernating the kernel session instead of closing it which reduces the overall Windows loading time because resuming from hibernated system session is very less work compared to a full system initialization.

But this new feature is causing problems to some computer systems and if you are also facing reboot or shutdown problems in Windows 8, you can fix it by disabling this new hybrid shutdown feature and doing a complete shutdown.

Just follow these simple steps:

1. If you are on new Start Screen, type power and Windows will automatically search for the term and will show you the results.

If you are on Desktop, move your cursor to top-right corner of screen to access new Charms Bar. Now click on Search option and type power in search box.

2. Now click on Settings link given in right-sidebar of search results page and then click on "Change what the power buttons do" link given in the search results as shown in following screenshot:


3. It'll open Power Options window. You can alternatively open the same window by typing powercfg.cpl in RUN dialog box and press Enter and then click on the "Choose what the power buttons do" link given in left sidebar.

Now scroll down to bottom and you'll see "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" option given in Shutdown settings section as shown in following screenshot:


4. Disable the option by unchecking the checkbox and then click on "Save Changes" button.

PS: If the option is not shown or greyed out, scroll up and click on "Change settings that are currently unavailable" link.

5. That's it. Restart your system and your reboot or shutdown problems should get fixed in Windows 8.

NOTE: If the above solution doesn't fix your problem, you can try to execute following command in Command Prompt. Open Command Prompt as Administrator by right-click on the bottom-left corner and select the same option from the Win+X menu:

bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes

The above mentioned command used to fix a very annoying freezing issue found in Windows 8 Release Preview build. According to Microsoft the issue was fixed in Windows 8 RTM but if you are still facing the issue, you can try the command.

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  • I Experienced this Problem many times

    Thanks for the Solution VG~
    Great Job.

  • Thank you very much. Your article made me realize that my problem, where startup programs wouldn't start when I would log into Windows after a shut-down, was because of "hybrid shutdown".

  • Thank you very much for this. Solved my startup problem with my Toshiba NB250 netbook. Would switch itself off at the beginning of startup every second time I used the power switch. Also lost access to the bios. Both problems now fixed.

  • Bought a brand new computer with Windows 8 only to start experiencing this problem a few days later. Thanks for the solution! Seems to have done the job!

  • Thank you very much! This solved the issue for me. Start times really don't even appear affected.

  • Disabling 'Hybrid Shutdown' worked for me. After 6 months of this technical advance with the installation of Windows 8 Download and my laptop refusing to shut down thereafter,it took me only 2 minutes to untick the box and shut down my laptop. Eureka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Others have ideas which did not work for me but I am most grateful your instructions solved my long lasting problem.

  • This was so easy. The problem was driving my husband nuts. SO very glad that it worked.

  • You could also disable this by running "powercfg -h off" in cmd as administrator but this will disable hibernate feature as well

  • bro, thnx a lot...... you made my day..... great great job...... thnx thnx thnx :)
    work perfectly in acer aspire 5820TG..........

  • I finally Googled the correct string of words that brought me here. My issues wasn't a big deal, would hang on a lit display after restart, but would load fine if shut down. Issue fixed! :) It worked! Just wanted to say thanks!

    Thanks again!

  • Oh my.... This actually fixed my problem. Thank you very much!

  • thank really help my worked!! :)

  • Thanks! This seems to have worked for me, running Windows 8.1 Preview on an old Lenovo ThinkPad T60P... it shuts down normally now.

  • Thenks. I had the problem on an Acer aspire one AO576 netbook and this solution worked!

  • Hello
    here a short solution :)
    run CMD as administrator and then type
    powercfg /h off


  • Very Thank! I Work on : > bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes

  • Hi,

    It worked!!..Thanks a lot.!!

  • Hi
    tnx very much!

  • Hai,
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  • PB solved
    THX very much !
    This problem was driving me crazy

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  • i never noticed this in windows 8 but since i updated to windows 8.1 i suffered from this problem thank you for helping me fix this problem.

    Thank You

  • Thank you very much! Even pc experts didn't think that! Thank you a lot again!

  • Thank you so much for these instructions! I've been battling this problem for 3 days including spending 3 hours on the phone with Dell's technical support team who were not able to solve the problem! I was getting a little impatient since it's a brand new PC so quite cheesed off that it wasn't functioning properly.
    Again thank you for these instructions.

  • Thank you very much! I solved this problem in my laptop following your useful tip.

  • Thank you very much its worked fro me

  • I love you old person. You are my God really. Great thanks for the help. It helped me and now my laptop is switching off normally. Thanks!

  • Thank you very much.....its work!!! windows 8.1 asus N550JV..

  • finally I think I found something that would really work , I hope it will work ( keeping my fingers cross) but after reading your positive comment I know it would.
    so thank you in advance :)

  • Great solution. It worked for me. Thanks!

  • Been looking for a fix for over a year, drove me up a wall this solved my problem.. all what I can say is Thank You.. Thank you..

  • Thank you.... seriously. This was driving me insane.

  • I made the changes as specified and it's working fine now.
    Thank you so much.

    - Venkatesh R

  • Thank you so much!

  • It works for me - THANKS!

  • My computer just won't restart. It still shuts down completely. I tried all the buttons for restart that I could find but nothing. This after I installed Windows 8.1 this morning. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

  • thanks a lot bro , i like your post it solved my problem.

  • Appreciate thay you share with us the know how..really help and saving my time...waiting for my pc to shutdown

  • Oh my god thank you! I am a writer and my computer just shuts down while I am writing! It doesn't save my writing! Thank you, it hasn't shut down yet!

  • I have a problem with my notebook. It was restarting and switched it off, as i wanted to shut down so I pressed power on button for some time when it was restarting at that time it switched off and afterwards it is not starting. Please help if any body understand my situation.
    Thank you

  • Dear Concern,
    when I shut down my system, screen gets black but laptop lights remains on means system is still running, I have to shut down by pressing button of laptop.
    kindly suggest me a way?

  • VG

    ^^ Did you try to disable Hybrid shutdown "Turn on fast startup " option as mentioned above? Also have you installed latest drivers for your graphics card?

  • Unfortunately this has not worked for me and my pc which has windows 8.1 keeps on getting rebooted.

  • my laptap also shutdown proplem

  • Tank's . It work's.

  • thank u for giving valuble information

  • thanks very much, your method is by far better than Microsoft Care-Center. Saved me time and money. Kudos

  • Thanks a lot friend! You've saved my laptop :P

  • Still not shutting down...did both options...screen turns off but that is all

  • Thanks a lot, good solution.....

  • Thank you very much for the solution.
    It's work for me on Windows 8.1 by disabling Turn on fast startup

  • Thank You very much.

  • Thanks a lot , you rescued me !!!!

  • i am still facing problem i am using win 8.1

  • The above instructions are missing a crucial step. In the System Settings window you first have to click on the blue "Change settings that are currently available" link near the top of the window in order to be able to uncheck the "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" option. Hope this helps.

  • VG

    ^^ Its mentioned in PS given between point 4 and 5. :)

  • I disabled the fast boot and then it froze and I started it up and it randomly restarted again after 5 minutes of use, but I booted it again and used the command in CMD and it's been running for 20 or 30 minutes without crashing so far but I'll come back either tomorrow or whenever it might randomly restart or freeze. Thanks so far

  • Great! Thank you AskVG! It helps a lot

  • This is great for those that are able to access the settings; but I am having an issue with the message 'pc ran into a problem, restarting'. It does Preparing auto repair and diagnostics. Than nothing.

  • It worked, Thanks

  • Thank you for this.
    Its been driving me crazy for the last couple of weeks.

  • Thank u so much

  • Thank you! You solved my problem! Drove me mad!!!

  • hello i have windows 8 but now i turn on my notebook but windows dont start and modern app screen of windows 8 dont appears and just a black screen appears immediately next to turn on my notebook please help me as soon as possible.thank you

  • VG

    ^^ You should try following:

  • It's work!.


  • same problem but I cant access my pc it stuck on diagonosic your pc and my compuer does not show bios option how can disable this when computer stuck on automatic repair

  • Thanks worked

  • I have lenovo G50 laptop.with windows 8.1 suturing restart prob. Notification shows problem in OS to fix this some info is necessary to send it to Microsoft. And it is automatically get restart
    . Please help

  • VG

    ^^ Did you Reset or Refresh PC options?

  • I tried it; did not work! That procedure actually caused my Acer V3 laptop computer to get back to a state that caused it to completely boot on the second start up! Then I went back to the original configuration; "Turn of fast start-up (recommended)". However, as that original configuration went back and worked, it did not solve the problem of Restart; which still does not work! Just less than a half hour ago there was a Windows Update, and my Acer V3 laptop could not restart! What the hell is wrong with most of those people at Microsoft? Although I am not absolutely sure, this Restart problem began with a Windows Update! How ridiculous and frustrating! I've studied Windows and used this operating system on my own, and for over 11 years I've mostly trouble! I think that eventually I shall go back to a Macintosh computer, latest Mac operating system. I've gone wacky with Windows, so I'm going back to Mac! I made that phrase up.

  • I meant to say "Turn on fast start-up (recommended)". Not "of".

  • Sorry, there I go with another solecism; I meant that for over 11 years I had mostly trouble. I occasionally make grammatical mistakes because I want to get my point across as soon as possible. Anyway, it is ridiculous, and frustration. However, it is also aggravating and ironic, because this Restart problem happened close to a month ago by actually downloading a Windows Update! How ridiculous and ironic is that situation. My Acer V3 laptop was bought in 2013, and now I have Windows 8.1, the latest and greatest version that cannot take on a task to Restart a laptop computer! One day Microsoft Windows 8.1 which eventually change and progress to an operating system of 128 bits! What the hell is with the functioning Microsoft Windows? I've had less trouble, far less Restarting on my Sony VAIO desktop computer (2003), operating on Windows XP; and that smoother operation was before I installed Service Pack 3! How ridiculous. If anybody from Microsoft is listening, get back to where you once belonged, because Macintosh is going strong.

  • Press Win (Key) and type

    shutdown -s -t 0 -f

    Press Enter to shutdown.

  • didn't help on my old pc with P35 chipset, turns off video, hangs forever

  • I tried this procedure, and it did not work. In fact, it went back to having to press the Power Button longer, then starting it again. Therefore, I set it as it was, in its default setting. However, I still have this Restart command problem whereby my Acer V3 laptop computer, bought with Microsoft Windows 8 in late 2013, now upgraded to Windows 8.1, hangs at the Acer logo screen! I then need to hold down the Power Button down for 6 seconds for a forced Shut Down, wait for at least half a minute for the internal hard disk to stop and cool down, then press the Power Button, and my Acer V3 laptop starts up normally, but I think it is ridiculous! I also have a Sony VAIO desktop computer (2003) with Window XP, Service Pack 3, that I am going to upgrade tomorrow with Windows 7. With my Sony desktop I cannot remember experiencing these Restart problems with the older Windows XP OS; except for a faulty memory module, but that case is a different story. Certainly Microsoft can do better with this newer, premium operating system.

  • Hold on, I didn't include a full explanation in my first sentence. I meant to say that with this configuration, it goes back to having to start my Acer V3 laptop computer operating with Windows 8.1 if it is Shut Down, twice before it fully starts up again. Therefore, I set it back to the original configuration, "Turn on fast start-up (recommended)". However, as I mentioned above, the Restart command is a mystery! It cannot fully start, except if a forced Shut Down, by holding down the Power Button, is initiated. As I said before Microsoft can do better with Windows 8.1!

  • Sorry, I forgot, to use my actual name, I am omegaman, that's me, George. I have written and posted problems with the Windows 8.1 operating system above. Please read my posts above. I'm sorry for the confusion. You see, I posted these Restart problems elsewhere, and I got mixed up. Anyway, I still have this Restart problem.

  • Okay, deo, I'll try this procedure, thank you.

  • Hi, tried many workarounds with no luck; updated every driver and latest windows upgrades still windows 8.1 cannot restart.
    too bad windows 7 was able to restart properly :(

  • Listen guys!!!!! If this doesnt help then
    1)Type power in new windows screen and go to settings
    2)If you are using windows 8.1 then go to PC and devices and there you can change the sleep time and black screen time to "Never".
    3)You are done now your computer will not restart or shutdown untill and unless you want to.
    Maybe this can help or the above solution .Try both

  • i have problem to restart my lapi . when i click on restart . system will hangs /black screen appears .the procedure will stops there....reply

  • i installed many softwares .but to start them 1st time pc should be restart

  • You rock! It worked-thanks!

  • Thank you - this fix worked for me.

  • Thanks a lot got fixed with this

  • I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop, I only bought it in September and it was shutting down fine originally. I didn't change any settings, and the only software I have installed have been mcafee internet security and Microsoft office 365 yet now when I press "shut down" my laptop completely shuts down (the off switch button light goes off and everything", then within about 3 seconds, the light comes back on and the laptop restarts itself. The only way I can turn it off is by pressing and holding the off switch on the laptop but isn't it bad to repeatedly turn your laptop off that way? I have looked at all the forums and checked all the power settings etc but nothing seems to be working! I have also tried turning off with the power unplugged and with all USB devices removed which some forums suggested but no luck. Any ideas?

    In my boot settings, what should my laptop be set to boot up through? It's currently set to HDD but other options include USB, LAN etc, I'm not very experienced with computers so wasn't sure if this had anything to do with it or not. Also built-in LAN is enabled, is that related in any way? All other settings like boot up when lid is open etc are disabled, and I have checked the power options and everything seems to be set how it should be

  • I have a Windows 8 lenovo. Two days ago I was having internet connection problems so I decided to restart my laptop. However my laptop has now been "restarting" for about 30 hours.I've tried to turn it off but when I press the power button to turn it on it is still restarting.

  • VG

    ^^ Press and hold the power button for a few seconds and it'll turn off the computer. Then again press the power button to start it normally.

  • Thanks so much!!! It wrked!!!

  • Didnt work for me ;c
    i tried the all your instructions but still no good please
    windows8.1 pro 64

  • tnx allot worked.i feel lyk kissing ya.

  • Great, spent hours looking for solution on line, thought it was to do with graphics drivers!!!

  • Great! This worked for me.

  • didn't work for me, i can restart but not shut down even on linux.
    can someone help me?

  • Thank you!! This worked for me.

    I had accidentally installed Grub over my UEFI and getting the computer to shutdown again was the final solution to the nightmare.

  • Hey, I have the same issue with my pc from the start, I did everything said here and it worked which really pleased me cause the firm i bought my pc from Always repleid sozz we can't help you...

    To my surprize, the next day the reboot function was gone again, i reinstalled W8 , disabled the hibernation and it was ok again. At the end of the day tough reboot failed again.

    Any thoughts what could bug it else?

  • Thank you so much, it really worked. Keep helping

  • I have a Win 8.1 pro laptop which starts and shuts down well in time but takes a lot time when i log in into my account after restarting.
    Windows restarts well in time but it takes 2-3 mins to sign in into it .
    Please fix this ...

  • VG

    ^^ It might be happening due to several startup programs. Open Task Manager, go to Startup tab and disable unnecessary items from startup.

  • I have an Acer Aspire AX-603G Desktop with Windows 8.1 with 8.1 Update 1 installed. I don't know if it is fixed or not, but it seemed to be last night. This morning it seemed as if it booted in restart mode. I tried the command in the command prompt (admin) this morning, so lets see how that goes. If the command in the command prompt (admin) doesn't work, shall I come back here?

  • Works great in window 8.1 after so many advices from others..

  • Thanks mate......

  • OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG THANKS You so much you saved my life. thanks you. you are the best! i love you more than i love my girl friend.

  • OMG thank you so much. I've tried searching all over, but couldn't find the right answer. You're a lifesaver!!!

  • Thanks a lot guys it really works for me. After I tried the steps it worked. The problem is that my laptop takes longer to restart

  • my experiences:
    windows 8 (upgraded from windows 7, old ocz vertex2) does not restart, hangs the pc (video off, after some time not even numlock works)

    upgrading windows 8 to windows 10 preview has no effect, same issue (also with build 9879)

    another pc with windows 7 on crucial ssd has similar issue with UEFI bios: restart doesn't work even if configuring every setting as legacy and disabling hybrid/fast/quick boot

    this is definitely a bug in windows upgrade and a bug in UEFI bios
    the only solution, so far, is reinstalling from scratch.

  • Good Day!
    Thanks for the help! It sure did solved the problem :)

  • Thanks it worked! My comp could successfully shut down. Seriously though, what were those people in Microsoft thinking when they made the update..

  • I own a lenovo z510 laptop. i installed windows 8.1.
    I'm now facing a problem like when I shut down the laptop, display goes blank and all except for the power button light and hard disc keeps spinning. I have to press the power button for five seconds for it to completely shut off. I tried to give it time to shut off itself, I gave two hours once but it didn't.
    please help me...........

  • mr "VG" help me my windows 8.1 pro x64......when i resuming it from hibernate or sleep it stoped in windows "boot screen" and never continue,till i restarting, windows work normally

    i tried all your methods but no result
    i unistalled all program put problem still found

  • I've been facing this issue even before installing Windows 8.1 (Win 7 previously). and now everything is fine. Thanks alot

  • Hi Sir, In my windows 8.1 PC, when i press shutdown, then it will connect to restart evry time. . i want to know solution for this problem

  • sir
    I have a big problem
    my pc is windows 8 (dell) when running my pc after half hour or
    one hour why automatically restart, that is big problem for me.

    please help me

  • Thank you very much, I would have never thought of that

  • Hey! my minicomputer is just showing"Shutting down" on the screen for two days without shutting down or booting kindly using windows 8.1 thanks in advance

  • thank you very much ... its very useful for my dell m4800 precision win 8.1, with shut off suddenly.
    i think it will useful for other precision user ... God Bless You ... :D

  • ive used this pc with windows8.1 for a couple of years but tonight i switch on and i have a blue screen--tried systems restore and scanned with kaspersky and updated windows but its still ther--how do i get rid of it, i was not using the pc at the time but went to use and it was blue-help please

  • Hi, i faced the same restart and shut down issues mentioneed on this post. I had to factory reset my laptop twice! The main issue I noticed was with installing windows updates. I havent installed any updates and the laptop is super responsive and fast. No glitches at all. I have the latest avast intrnet security and advanced system care 8.1 pro installed and everything is fine and dandy for the past 2 days. I have restarted the laptop numeorus time over this span and it works just fine. Windows 8 is absolute shyte! I sincerely hope 10 irons out all these issues. Until then im living without updates. This is just my experience. If it works for some of you facing similar issues try this method out.
    Lenovo Y50-70

  • Thank you for solving my problem.

  • My Dell XP12 with Win8.1 is "all right" with the world. Thanks to people like you that have the skills and know-how that give back to "The People" Hallelujah!

    Thanks for sharing; God bless you!

  • My HP pvillion laptop is facing a problem of very slow shutdown, startup&restart although it runs great once it starts . This is happening since I installed daemon tools pro and rebooted it.
    Please give me a solution for this

  • ^^ HP Pabillion P028TX win8, 4GB RAM

  • VG

    ^^ It seems some services are running in background and causing delay in shutdown. Make sure no unnecessary items are enabled in startup:

  • Thanks a lot for this fix :) It works fine on me for my HP Pavillion!

  • Thanks

  • My Dell Inspiron laptop (win 8) froze while updating Avast software. Had to shut down. Now it won't turn on. These instructions don't help me if the computer won't turn on. The power lights are on however. I'm now forced to seek answers from my Win XP laptop. The odd thing is that I went to a site I visit daily and video would load but not the chat. Strange, never had XP problems. I'm quickly becoming very irritated.

  • Thank you so much.....perfect!!!

  • help didn't work to fix it my problem

  • When i shut down normally the screen goes black but the lights are still on
    i tried disabling the turn on fast satartup but it still doesnt shut down
    please help

  • Hello,

    Does not work for me. Got new spec computer and reboots started recently, 3 days ago where my PC going on reboot itself, i did checked when windows has updates and checked for the latest updated on graphic card - no issue in there. mostly it happened when playing CS:GO.

  • Hi,
    My Lenovo Win 8.1 would sometime decide to restart itself when I left it hibernating, and would sometimes then fail to restart properly, just froze. Power button would usually fix it after two or three attempts. This happened about once a day, So irritating!
    Then noticed it wasn't shutting down properly either. Lights would stay on until I hit power button.
    Tried your fix, all seems OK now, Yeeeh hah!
    Let's hope Win 10 is better!!!

  • I appreciate the effort of writung this article.
    I have build the new x99 based PC that was stuck on win boot every time after the shutdown throuth the windows.
    Googled and found the reson.

    Thank you !

  • Fix Windows 8 and Later Restart and Shutdown Problems by Disabling “Hybrid Shutdown” Feature.
    i used it for intel core i5 pro book 6570B, running window 8 i used the command
    bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes it work for

  • Thank you so much. Laptop would freeze after shutting down and then booting up again. It would also freeze on restart and then booting up again. I ran (cmd.exe) as an administrator, then it would allow me to access the boot log, then I typed in your command bcdedit.exe /set disabledynamictick yes and it works now. It doesnt freeze on restart or shutdown. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much..... that was the solution....

  • Thank you! Solved shutdown problem for my Dell Inspiron 2350 that I upgraded with a WD Black2 Dual Drive.

  • Thank u so much

  • Been happening for a while, but the last time I lost info on a document I was working on. It's got to the point I'm reticent to make updates for fear I might be a subject to experimentation and the problems they can create. Anyway, thank you for the info and hopefully problem solved.

  • Thank you very much! Every other fix suggestion just outright failed or wasn't correct in the least. MS support were clueless. But this fixed things, and I can *finally* use my new Lenovo laptop reliably.

  • GREAT!!!
    Awesome and love it!
    Thank you!

  • Fixing on Hybrid shutdown didn't work for me. Whenever my asus laptop sleep or hybernate if I press the power button to wake the pc instead of waking it turn off. Then I need to press the power button only to find that it is now restarting.

  • Yip, worked for me!

    Win 8.1 Pro 64bit

  • I can't get to the Search button or Start screen. Whatever the task host is doing is preventing me from getting to the Search or Shut Down options. So I have to leave my PC on and nothing happens when I click on the Windows pane.

  • Have the same problem, pc hangs on shutdown. I tried your suggestions but didn't change anything. What to do now?

  • Works like a charm. I am looking for solution about a month until this article.
    Thanks very much avg.


  • Unfortunately in my case this did not work. I still have the same problem, pc hangs on shutdown, fans continue to run, power button lit. Any other suggestion?

  • Hey, Thanks a lot. The first method worked for me. I am using Win10 on a HP Pavilion Core i7 laptop.

  • I have shut down and restart problem after I upgraded from win 8.1 to win 10.Please help

  • it works, thanks you so so so much. This has troubled me for a long time and it's now fixed.

  • Works like a Charm - Thanks a lot

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