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Windows 8 SLOW shutdown?

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    Windows 8 SLOW shutdown?


    Hi there,

    New to this forum, Why does my windows 8 take atleast 5min to shut itself down? when i click the turn of buttom, the system gets onto the shutting down windows screen but stays there for 5min or more? and then finally it shuts itself down? I had an earlier problem were i installed a fresh copy of windows 8 and then few days later tried turning my computer on and windows 8 hung on the boot screen? Ended up installing another fresh copy of windows 8 but now this problem? I have tried turning of the fast startup feature which hasnt helped me. Can anyone help?

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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Hello hussnainh, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you don't use hibernate, then you might see if disabling hibernate may help so it's not writing to the hiberfil.sys file at shut down.

    Hibernate - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    hibernate was turned of but sleep wasnt turned of should i disable both hibernate and sleep ? or just hibernate? Thanks for the reply
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    Disable Fast Startup.
    Tutorial is on Eightforums Tutorial section

    Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Dec 2012 at 18:22. Reason: added tutorial link for those that may need it
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    i have already done that if you read my first message properly.
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    Posts : 20,285
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Just for us to be on the same page, turning off hibernate is not the same as disabling it.

    You would only need to disable hibernate using the method in the tutorial below. Sleep has no affect on the shutdown time.

    Hibernate - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums
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    Hello there, I will try this and get back to you tommorow
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    Posts : 20,285
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Ok. See ya tomorrow.
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    hi there,
    i have tried this worked once but since then my computer is still the same (waiting 5minutes for system to turn of). Now im also getting the problem of sometimes my system takes FOREVER to shutdown? e.g. It stays on the shutdown screen for around 8min, I know the system is doing something as my HDD light flashes but 8min to shutdown is shocking.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi, I'm new here also!

    I have the same problem. The thing is, I've had hibernation disabled from the command prompt since I installed Win8 Pro. I've got an SSD and upgraded from Windows 7 Ult., just keeping files and settings as they were. What's more, this has only been happening (to my knowledge and that I've noticed) for about 3-5 days. I think the first instance was on Saturday evening. If I try to use the "sign out" mode and then click the power icon on the screen, I get the slide up to logon screen and when I "slide" the screen up, there's nothing there but a mouse cursor. When I go the ALT+F4 route, I get the shutting down with the spinny circle for at least 5 minutes. And, like I said, I have a pretty fast SSD and had not experienced this before...

    For the Original Poster, I've investigated the Event Viewer and am suspicious about a couple of things I see around "shut down" times and the subsequent restarts (the last few times I've just hard powered off as I'm really impatient). Let me know if any of this sounds like something you all have heard of, or if the OP sees the same things on their Event Viewer.

    Event 1530, User Profile Service : Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards. DETAIL -
    1 user registry handles leaked from \Registry\User\S-1-5-21-2685146616-1666739900-2169412798-1000:
    Process 472 (\Device\HarddiskVolume3\Windows\System32\svchost.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-2685146616-1666739900-2169412798-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

    That, or a volmgr stating that "Crash dump initialization failed" message that appears after I restart. The above Error 1530, happens when I try to shut down. The times correspond exactly. Anyone know what gives? Sorry for the windy message, and thanks for any help. Oh yeah, and I'm sure hibernate is disabled therefore fast startup is not an option and hiberfil.sys does not exist. Thanks!

    EDIT: Also, I have an Asus Motherboard with UEFI bios and wonder if you have similar hardware?
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