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How to Create a "Hybrid Shut Down" Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1

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Fast Startup (aka: hybrid boot or hybrid Shutdown) is a new feature in Windows 8 to help your PC start up faster after shutting down. When turned on, Windows 8 does this by using a hybrid shutdown (a partial hibernate) method that saves only the kernal session and device drivers (system information) to the hibernate (hiberfil.sys) file on disk instead of closing it when you shut down your PC. This also makes the hiberfil.sys file to be much smaller than what hibernate would use (often 4GB or more). When you start your PC again, Windows 8 uses that saved system information to resume your system instead of having to do a cold boot to fully restart it. Using this technique with boot gives a significant advantage for boot times, since reading the hiberfile in and reinitializing drivers is much faster on most systems (30-70% faster on most systems tested). If you have a motherboard with UEFI, then fast startup will be even faster.

For more information about "Fast Startup", see:

Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8 - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Hybrid Shut down shortcut with or without a time delay and custom message before Windows 8 performs a shutdown of the computer and prepares it for a fast startup. You can also Pin to Start this shortcut.

Note   Note
A time-out period can also be for how many seconds you have to use the Abort shortcut to quickly abort the computer from shutting down after using this Hybrid Shut down shortcut.

"Hybrid Shut down" is not the same thing as hybrid sleep/hibernate in Power Options.

EXAMPLE: Hybrid Shut down Message
NOTE: This is a comparison between the default and a custom message. You will only see a message if you have a time delay included in the shortcut.

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To Download a Instant "Hybrid Shut down" Shortcut

1. Click on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.


Save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Hybrid Shut down shortcut to the desktop.

4. For the first time that you run the shortcut, click/tap on the Always ask before opening this file box to uncheck, and click/tap on Open to unblock the shortcut.

5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.

To Manually Create a Custom "Hybrid Shut down" Shortcut

1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of the desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Type in the command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

shutdown -S -hybrid -F -T ## -C "Your message here"

I would type this below exactly to have a 30 second time delay with a Don't forget to close everything now. message.

shutdown -s -hybrid -f -t 30 -c "Don't forget to close everything now."

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Substitute ## in the command above with a number between 0-315360000 for how many seconds you want the time delay to be before shutdown.

Substitute Your message here in the command above with a custom message up to 512 characters within quotes that you would like to see in the pop-up dialog when using the shutdown shortcut. The message will only be seen for however long you set the time delay set to be.

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Type Hybrid Shut down for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.

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Right click on the new Hybrid Shut down shortcut on the Desktop and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 8)


8. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

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9. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

That's it,