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[Solved] How to Fix Slow or Long Shutdown or Restart in Windows 8.1

One of my computers has been suffering from a slow or long shutdown time, around 4 to 5 minutes. That happened when I upgraded its operating system from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Well, at first it shuts down and restarts properly. But later it took forever for the system to shutdown fully. I recently installed a new Windows 8 64bit copy using Plextor’s M6 Pro SSD. Then as usual I upgraded the OS to the new Windows 8.1, since it is a free upgrade if you have the Windows 8 full version. After I have successfully upgraded to Windows 8.1 and installed all the necessary drivers, I tried to shut it down. To my surprise, the freshly installed system is also suffering from long shutdown time. I knew it wasn’t a hardware problem and it has something to do with the OS already. I tried every solution I saw on the internet. I tried tweaking its registry, specifically the “ClearPageFileAtShutdown” – it didn’t work. Then I tried fixing the Bluetooth by updating to the latest possible drivers, since there were users saying that it was the problem. But it wasn’t and it didn’t work for me. Then I tried this and that and this… But none of them worked for me. Of course I won’t try to do a fresh install (again), since I already did that. Finally, I read something about “Hybrid Shutdown”, and it has been causing problems to some computers running in Windows 8, or freshly upgraded to Windows 8.1. By disabling that feature, I was able to finally solve my problem and fix the slow or long shutdown time of my computer. How? Check out the solution after the jump below.

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How to Fix Slow or Long Shutdown or Restart in Windows 8.1

Fixing the long or slow shutdown or restart issue in your Windows 8.1 is very easy. Just follow the steps below:

1. Go to Power Option from the Control Panel. You can do this by searching from “Power Options”, or going to Control Panel -> Power Options. You should be seeing a similar windows like below.

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2. Click on the “Choose what the power buttons do” and the window will display more options like the one below.

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3. Click “Change settings that are currently unavailable”, and you should now be able to change the “Shutdown settings” that was previously greyed out.

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4. Uncheck or disable the “Turn on fast startup” options and click “Save changes”. And you’re done!

Close all Windows and try shutting down your computer. Your computer should now be able to shut down properly without any delay.

I don’t need that “Turn on fast startup” feature even if Windows recommends it. My system is using an SSD for the OS drive and that alone is very much enough to give my system a speedy boot up time, shut down time or even restarts.

I hope this solution will also fix the same problem you are experiencing now. If you find this article helpful, please do consider sharing this to someone else who is also experiencing the same problem, or link back to this page.

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Peter Paul
Peter is a PC enthusiast and avid gamer with several years of hands-on experience in testing and reviewing PC components, audio equipment, and various tech devices. He offers a genuine, no-nonsense perspective, helping consumers make informed choices in the ever-changing world of technology.

7 thoughts on “[Solved] How to Fix Slow or Long Shutdown or Restart in Windows 8.1”

  1. uh, yeah – whenever i see a ‘solution’ that includes directions that follow with ‘you should be able’ – that is a HUGE RED FLAG to keep looking as in, there is no alternative if the solution that ‘should’ work … does not. i wipe my backside with pointless solutions like ‘it should’ work – we should all live in a perfect world but needing these solutions prove we don’t

  2. Thank you so Much!!! This was driving me crazy. My computer would shut down the first time I turned it on and the 2nd time it would boot up fine. Every time! This solved this problem as well, too am running a SSD, fast boot is not needed, or obviously wanted.
    Windows 10 here, Dell XPS 8500.


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