How To Fix Windows 8.1 Restart and Shutdown Problems

Windows 8.1 Restart and Shutdown Problems

Many users of Windows 8.1 have been complaining about random restarts and shutdowns. Sometimes the computer stops while restarting or shutting down. Most of the time these issues are related to a new feature in Windows 8 called Hybrid Shutdown.

Hybrid shutdown aims to decrease the time that the computer takes to load Windows. It does this by hibernating Windows instead of shutting it down. Hibernating dramatically reduces the time it takes to turn the computer back on.

Problems with Hybrid Shutdown

Hybrid shutdown is an excellent feature and many people are happy with it but some people can’t get it to work on their computers. An easy way to solve this problem is by disabling the hybrid shutdown feature. Don’t worry though, Windows 8.1 still shuts down really fast. Shutting the computer down helps Windows reset completely. This can potentially clear problems which only go away when you restart the computer.

How to Turn Off Hybrid Shutdown in Windows 8.1

Follow these simple steps, this should take less than five minutes:

  1. Press Windows Key + X > click Power Options

    Windows 8.1 Restart - Windows Key + X - Power Options -- talonlibre
  2. Click Choose what the power button does

    Windows 8.1 Restart - Power Options - Choose What the Power Button Does -- talonlibre
  3. Select the Change settings that are currently unavailable link to show more options.
    Windows 8.1 Restart - control panel - power options 1 -- talonlibre
  4. Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended), and click Save changes.
    Windows 8.1 Restart - control panel - power options 2 -- talonlibre
  5. Restart the computer

Freezes During Windows 8 Restarts and Shutdowns

This can be caused by various different problems. Here are some common troubleshooting steps which should take care of most issues that cause this problem.

Damaged or Corrupt Registry 

Scan the computer with a trusted registry cleaning utility. We recommend using WinThruster to do this because it also fixes many PC errors. Since we are a Microsoft certified company, you can rest assured that our software is secure and does not contain any spyware or viruses.

Its generally recommended to make a system restore[how to use system restore] when scanning the computer’s registry.

Damaged or Corrupt System Files

  1. Press Windows Key+X > Click Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type sfc /scannow > press Enter

    Windows 8.1 Restart - sfc scannow - 2 -- talonlibre

If Nothing Else Works

If nothing else works then if may be a sign that your installation of Windows 8.1 has a bigger problem. An easy way to fix this is to reinstall Windows. Reinstalling Windows might seem like too much but it will most certainly solve the problem.

Well I hope this helps you solve the restart and shutdown problem. If you liked this post then please like our  and ask us anything you want to know about computers and Windows.