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Windows 8 hangs on boot & shutdown, and won't sleep

  1. #1


    Darlington, England
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    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)

    Windows 8 hangs on boot & shutdown, and won't sleep


    Hello,

    I upgraded from Windows 7 (64-Bit) to 8 (64-Bit).
    When I had 7 it took about 10 seconds to boot, but now it can take anywhere from 2-5 mins, also it doesn't shutdown (I have to hold down the power button) and it never sleeps (the screen goes off but the laptop remains running)

    Does anyone know what is happening and how this can be fixed?

    Thanks a bunch -Jack

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  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Since you did an upgrade from Windows 7. There's a lot of things can happen


    1. Outdated BIOS. Make sure you have the latest
    2. Old drivers that were carried over to Windows 8. Make sure you update the latest drivers
    3. Registry entries contains invalid values
    4. Applications are incompatible. Re-install applications with the latest versions

    And the list goes on........

    Windows 8 suppose to boot up & Shutdown a lot faster than Windows 7 provided if you are doing right. It is always advisable to do a fresh install to avoid future complication.
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  3. #3


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by Jack0171 View Post
    Hello,

    I upgraded from Windows 7 (64-Bit) to 8 (64-Bit).
    When I had 7 it took about 10 seconds to boot, but now it can take anywhere from 2-5 mins, also it doesn't shutdown (I have to hold down the power button) and it never sleeps (the screen goes off but the laptop remains running)

    Does anyone know what is happening and how this can be fixed?

    Thanks a bunch -Jack
    If on, try turning fast startup off: Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8.
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  4. #4


    Darlington, England
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)


    Ok,

    What should I do then? Format my HDD and do a complete reinstall?

    EDIT: I have already tried to do the steps shown in the link provided and they didn't work
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  5. #5


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Jack0171 View Post
    Ok,

    What should I do then? Format my HDD and do a complete reinstall?
    Yes, This would be a better choice. Make sure you have the latest BIOS updated.
    and before doing this, run this script to make sure you have your Product Key available.
    Windows 8 hangs on boot & shutdown, and won't sleep Attached Files
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  6. #6


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    topgundcp and I, both, say yes. See:

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade and

    Clean Install - Windows 8.
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  7. #7


    Darlington, England
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack0171 View Post
    Ok,

    What should I do then? Format my HDD and do a complete reinstall?
    Yes, This would be a better choice. Make sure you have the latest BIOS updated
    I have the latest BIOS, everything is upto date (apparently)
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  8. #8


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack0171 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack0171 View Post
    Ok,

    What should I do then? Format my HDD and do a complete reinstall?
    Yes, This would be a better choice. Make sure you have the latest BIOS updated
    I have the latest BIOS, everything is upto date (apparently)
    see my above post about installing.
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  9. #9


    Darlington, England
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack0171 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post

    Yes, This would be a better choice. Make sure you have the latest BIOS updated
    I have the latest BIOS, everything is upto date (apparently)
    see my above post about installing.
    Ok thanks, I think I will do the clean install with the Windows upgrade. One thing, will I need a new key, or can I just use the one which came with my upgrade? (I have the Windows CD)
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  10. #10


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I edit the post above with the script attached to save your product key. Run it. Also, if you don't mind filling out the rest of your system specs so we'll be able to help better.
    Good Luck !!!
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