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8.1 slow startup solved!!! (but what's the explanation?)

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    8.1 slow startup solved!!! (but what's the explanation?)


    Windows 8.1 startup was taking 90 seconds. I disabled everything I could on the startup tab with no improvement. Under "View reliability history" in the Action Center found that every day there was a report of an improper shutdown.

    I had set the power option to shut down the laptop with the power button and that's what I was doing. I experimented with shutting down through the start menu and also closing the cover (after setting the power option to shut down by closing the cover). ***In both cases the startup time dropped to 15 seconds! WOW!

    I did notice that when I applied those two solutions, the shutdown time increased from 4 seconds to 15 or 20 seconds, but that's not a problem for me.

    QUESTION: Why would shutting down with the power button cause an "improper shutdown" and longer startup?

    I read about slow startup in dozens of forums---it looks like an awful lot of people have this problem. I didn't see any reference to my specific solution anywhere. Try it and let me know if it works for you!

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    Shutting down with the Power button itself is a 'cold shutdown', in the Charms/Power menu it's a hiber or hybrid shutdown...

    ... (I had a cool link that explained shutdowns in detail, when I find it, I'll post it!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Shutting down with the Power button itself is a 'cold shutdown', in the Charms/Power menu it's a hiber or hybrid shutdown...

    ... (I had a cool link that explained shutdowns in detail, when I find it, I'll post it!)
    It looks like you're right, but how come this isn't explained anywhere in the power options??? This is such a big headache for so many people. The solution is simple, but it took me three weeks to find it! There are other solutions that do the same thing, but closing the lid to shut down is the simplest. The power options should explain that "shut down" means something different for the power button, closing the lid, or using the start menu.


    . . . but this doesn't yet explain why shutting down with the power button triggers an "improper shutdown" report.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Here's some more info about hybrid boot (aka: fast startup) and shut down if you like.

    Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by CritterCreek View Post
    QUESTION: Why would shutting down with the power button cause an "improper shutdown" and longer startup?
    Probably something that Brink has shown. Another idea is antivirus. Just an idea. I dunno.

    You have Norton or McAfee or something like that?
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    Hybrid shutdown is not really shutdown as it keeps system in the RAM, unless the point where battery is almost exhausted then it will save data on the disk. So waking up from RAM or hybrid mode should be very (and equal) fast and in this case 15s is pretty long time. While much faster than 90s it is still relatively slow.
    First it seems that power off by presing power button does not work properly. This might be related to the fact that your windows setup does not support shutting down system by pressing button (different reasons for this, so no way to fix it except guessing). However you can partially diagnose it, if you can run windows complete shutdown from windows menu. If after confirming that system is indeed completely turned off you will start system, it should take less time than 90s. Explanation would be that after dirty shutdown (pressing power button), OS will need to clean fs first before starting GUI.
    Second, if your system needs 15s to wake up from suspend/hybrid state, then you have either resident software (whatever that is) slowing down access to GUI or your system is misconfigured.
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you press and hold the power button down for 4 seconds or more, it will do a cold shutdown. If you just momentarily do a quick press of the Power button Windows will shutdown normally, just like it does from the Charms bar. That's how my two desktop PC's and laptop behave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you press and hold the power button down for 4 seconds or more, it will do a cold shutdown. If you just momentarily do a quick press of the Power button Windows will shutdown normally, just like it does from the Charms bar. That's how my two desktop PC's and laptop behave.
    I tested this. Results:

    Restart after shutting down by quickly pressing power button: 30 seconds.

    Restart after shutting down by closing cover: 15 seconds.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by CritterCreek View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you press and hold the power button down for 4 seconds or more, it will do a cold shutdown. If you just momentarily do a quick press of the Power button Windows will shutdown normally, just like it does from the Charms bar. That's how my two desktop PC's and laptop behave.
    I tested this. Results:

    Restart after shutting down by quickly pressing power button: 30 seconds.

    Restart after shutting down by closing cover: 15 seconds.
    Sorry if I confused things. I just wanted to point out that shutting down with the power button isn't a bad thing if don right. The power supply just doesn't immediately turn off with Windows running in the background. The momentary press triggers Windows to shut down gracefully. If your PC had a BSOD or is locked up to where Windows won't shut down, then you hold the power button down for 4 seconds. That will force the power supply to just turn off regardless of what else is going on. I can't explain your different boot times. It sounds like your laptop isn't actually shutting down on a lid close, not a full shutdown anyway. If you want to eliminate the possibility of it going into a sleep or hibernate mode (as a test) you could disable hibernation from the command line.
    Hibernate - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums Once your done testing enable it again if you wish. Again, sorry if I confused things.
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