Maintenance :: Difference In Start Up Times Shutdown / Restart

Mar 8, 2013

I have been running Win 8 on my ASUS Q200E Laptop and have been puzzled by the difference in the startup times between a cold, power off start up and a restart startup. On a cold startup, the desktop is completely ready to use in about 20 seconds. With a restart, it takes about 38 seconds to get to the same point.

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Add Shutdown / Restart Tiles To Start Screen

Dec 28, 2012

From Winbeta: Simply copy the following code into a new txt file and rename it to whatever you like, just add the .vbs to the file extension. For example: shutdown.vbs. Once this is done, simply double click the script and it will create the tiles for you. If you are unable to create a .vbs document, make sure you have "show file names extensions" enabled in Folder Options within Windows 8.

set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
strStartMenu = WshShell.SpecialFolders("StartMenu")
set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(strStartMenu & "Shutdown.lnk")
oShellLink.TargetPath = "%systemroot%System32shutdown.exe"
oShellLink.Arguments = "-s -t 0"
oShellLink.WindowStyle = 1

[Code] ......

"Shutdown, Restart and Log Off buttons have been created. You can now pin them to the Start Screen of your Windows 8 computer (if they are not already there)."

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Maintenance :: Hang On Restart / Shut Down Slow Boot Times?

Oct 31, 2012

I'm getting soo many problems regarding booting after upgrading to Windows 8 Pro yesterday on my Asus Zenbook UX32A.


2nd Gen i3-2367M processor @ 1.4GHz (for Ultrabooks)


500GB HDD + 30GB SSD (for Fast Resume, etc.)

Issue # 1: Whenever I Restart or Shut Down, the system HANGS there and does not progress *most* of the time. To fix this I have to always resort to holding the power button.

Issue # 2: When I boot the PC up, it takes SO long for me to get to the Start menu, around 1:15-1:30 min, which is longer than it took me on W7. I know I have an HDD, but this is abnormally long to me. Once in a blue moon, I will boot up in a matter of 30-40 seconds (which I think is how long it should take), but mostly it takes really long.

Issue # 3: To test the above 2 issues, I went ahead and opened msconfig from Run, and disabled all Non-Microsoft services except AVG to check. When I shutdown and power on - everything is fine, shuts down nicely, powers on nicely - however, the second time I do this, the system will hang on shut down, or will hang on start up, sometimes I can hear the startup sound but nothing on the screen, all sorts of weird actions.

Issue # 4: This one is funny. On standby (lid down), the system will restart itself. Happened while I was sleeping, I could hear the boot sound.

EDIT: The problem is still there when I disable 'Fast Start-Up' in Power Options. The problem is due to the processor state, it keeps resetting to 100%.

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Apps / Software :: How To Make Shortcut For SHUTDOWN / RESTART On Desktop / Start

Oct 28, 2013

Am "using new HP laptop 2000-2d27dx Windows 8.1. Only way I shutdown or restart is going to "charms" panel - Settings - then click Power off icon and choose Sleep, Shutdown or Restart. Is there a way to put a SHORTCUT for Shutdown and Restart on the desktop and/or the Start screen?

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Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 - Slow Boot / Restart And Shutdown

Mar 9, 2014

My system has been on completely since 8.1 and has never needed to restart until I did some updates today.

Now I'm not really concerned about shutdown or restart as I will manually shut down the PC if I'm going somewhere for an extended time "I never leave anything on, power for the entire house is shut off" and will shut it off until I get back.

But the slow login is really killing me as it used to take 1 second to hear that little "tick" from the speakers and I'd see the login/splash page, but as of today I will hear that "tick" but the windows dotted circle will spin for oh.. 30 seconds than I can see my splash screen.

I've scanned my C: and D: disks, ran defender, antivirus, etc and all came back fine and I even have 90GB free out of my 120gb drive.

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Maintenance :: Slow Shutdown Or Restart - Takes Nearly 5 To 10 Minutes

Oct 4, 2013

My computer startup was fine but shutting it down or restart it are extremely slow until it takes nearly 5-10 minutes to do so. Any hint for me to solve this issue?

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Maintenance :: Asus UX32A Has Been Crashing Sometimes During Shutdown / Restart / Hibernate

Dec 1, 2012

My Asus UX32A has been crashing sometimes during shutdown/restart/hibernate since I updated to Windows 8.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 - Extremely Slow Wake And Start Up Times

Dec 14, 2013

This is Windows 8.1. When I wake my computer from sleep, regardless of how long the computer has been sleeping, it takes 10-15 minutes to complete the process. It takes about a minute or so for the lock screen to show up. When it does appear, everything seems to be working but I click on the lock screen to reveal the password entry and a grey screen emerges but no password box or profile photo. Its as if the password box and photo are just missing on the page. So as I wait for the password box to appear, the lock screen will eventually return. I have to keep clicking on the lock screen to see if the password box has appeared.

Sometimes instead of the grey screen, the loading circle of dots animation is displayed but still behind the lock screen as above.

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Maintenance :: Dual Boot - Performance Difference Between 2 OS

Feb 6, 2013

Dual boot, can see any performance difference between 2 OS. I dual boot on my laptop with Win 7 and Win 8 ,both 64 bits and using the latest version of VLC player on both of them i can see that the video playback is smoother on Win 7 than in Win 8 for the same video file. With Windows Media player it`s the same as well with Media player classic. Any other issues between the 2 OS ?

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Pc Won't Shutdown Or Sleep Only Restart

Jan 1, 2013

I was running Windows 7 home premium on my pc on a 2TB hdd, and it was running fine, I had a 500GB as a separate hdd aswell, attached at the time. So I installed windows 8 on the 500GB hdd, activated it, tried to restart, I restarts, but now in both windows 8 and 7, I am having trouble:

In windows 8:

Press shutdown, it does nothing, press restart, it restarts, press sleep, it restarts.

In windows 7:

press shutdown, it restarts, press restart, it restarts, press sleep, it restarts.

What must I do?

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Windows 8 Won't Shutdown Or Restart?

Nov 9, 2011

Running Windows 8 Dev. Preview on a Dell Latitude D610 (1.73Ghz, 2GB). System Hibernates fine (my main mode of powering off) but will not properly shutdown or restart. Every time I hit shutdown/restart it goes to a black screen. I know that it's still running because the power light is still on and the hard drive light flashes just as if it were still in use. I've let it sit for 3 hours in this state and it still refuses to shut down.

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Could Not Shutdown Or Restart Properly Windows

Jan 25, 2013

In these days somethings strange has append to my new laptop (asus).

I cannot restart or shout down my computer anymore. When i press call the shoutdown or restart i just log off, and nothing more happens.

Even when i put my computer in sleep by closing the lid, it turns down for a few seconds, and then it turn on again.

Even more I can restart from windows only from some application (like asus update, windows update).

I have no problem in booting, restarting or shout down with linux.

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Automatic Shutdown And Restart After 3 Hours

May 2, 2014

I have a computer which runs all the time i.e 24x7. Is there any way I can schedule computer to shutdown automatically on Sunday evenings for 3 hours and then restart on it's own?

I want whole shutdown, rest for 3 hours and restart to be automatic.

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Windows 8 Fails To Shutdown Or Restart?

Feb 26, 2013

New Dell XPS 8500 following installation of programs and an attempt at creating a image using the built-in imaging program now fails to restart or shutdown from the start screen. When I attempted to create an image I got a statement that "there is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location". I had 1.34 TB free on an external drive for an image calculated by Windows as 135.78 GB. After the image attempt the problems started. Today's session with Dell did not solve the problem. Their tech will call to walk me through reinstalling the system to the original state. I hope this is not a common Windows 8 problem.

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Windows 8 Sleep / Wake / Restart And Shutdown?

Jan 15, 2013

Any magic keystroke combination for "Sleep" or is there anyway to create one? I know about Win+I then Power then Sleep.

Any option to stop scheduled tasks or other triggers that "Wake" your computer from sleep? I find my computer running in the morning after putting it to sleep at the end of the previous evening! I have reviewed all 41 scheduled tasks created by Windows and installed applications and "apps" and found none that have the Wake Computer check box checked. What's annoying is the fact that once woken the computer does not go back to sleep again! I am using the supplied balanced Power plan.

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Feb 12, 2014

My System is not getting shut down. When i click Shut down it will get restarted after few minutes. no external storage is been detecting by the pc like hdd ,pendrives etc.and also i cant even reset the pc.. for more than 1 hour i sit still.. it just shows the below pic.

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Jun 2, 2014

Every time I shut down the computer there is a page fault in non paged area error, and then the computer restarts love to know why.

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Jan 3, 2014

I started to notice a change with the clock every now and then. I finally concluded that the clock does not change during sleep, restart, or shutdown.

My computer goes to sleep often, and when it wakes up from sleep, the time is the same as when it was prior to sleeping, not synchronizing to the correct time after waking up.

I've done some research and I fell onto the official Windows thread where they explained the use of third-party-utility will cause this problem.

The big problem here is that I don't have the single clue which ones. I tried uninstalling some, not sure if I left any utilities out. The utilities I've used are the general ones for visual styles and themes.

I'm running Windows 8.1.

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Mar 10, 2013

So I've tried to shutdown my PC 2 days ago with the shutdown key in the settings menu (or windows menu because I'm using Start8) and it doesn't work, same for restart, sleep and all that option, so what to do?

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Windows 8 Takes Long Time To Boot / Restart And Shutdown

May 2, 2014

I recently purchased alienware m18x r2 with following specs

I7 3630m
Gtx 680m sli
12gb ram
750gb wd
120 (windows installed)
& 256gb sdd

Now for the problem when I receive the laptop it was preinstalled with window 8 and on the first boot it took around 5 to 6 mins to boot to desktop..I reinstalled the windows considering it to be the bloatware fault..

The problem gets solved but after i download alienware osd drivers , alienware command center and nvidia drivers the delay is back ..

It starts with a bsod (your pc ran into problem)error window minidump memory.dmp.etc and after that windows boot restart and shutdown after almost 5 to 10 mins..

In the duration of delay there is no hdd activity and after 3 to 5 minutes when the hdd gets actives it boots to desktop in 5 secs..

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Apr 20, 2014

Windows store apps don't work after a restart and shutdown. surface pro 1.

I have tried ms fixit file which said display driver might be out of date but couldn't fix it, device manager says display driver is uptodate and offers no way to rollback either.

Uninstalled the apps but windows store also doesn't work so I cant redownload them.

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By chance, in Windows 8, there are some registry keys and entries that allow to customize the winlogon process during the logoff of the users sessions and during the system restart or shutdown?

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Feb 26, 2014

My windows 8 laptop (studio 1537-DELL) crashes several times and I have this error displayed on start up:


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iphlpsvc service (ip Helper) consumes 12% CPU at all times. The same service in windows 7 behaves without problems. On both machines run the same programs.

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Maintenance :: Speed Up Some Apps Save As Times?

Jun 21, 2014

I haven't noticed this as an issue until some recent Windows 8 auto updates (last 2 months, is generous estimate). "Save as..." take about 20-30 seconds, for 2 3rd-party medium weight word processors, to display the folder window where your want to save. It looks like it takes the computer a while to "round up" all the directory info to display it in the "save as..." window.

I did read here & elsewhere on changing the general option in the properties of a folder. I don't think that worked. I did also read (here?) about disconnecting the networked folders. I did do that, rebooted. There was no speedup. But then I remapped them all, and now MS-branded apps like wordpad & word/excel, do show the "save as..." window within a second or 2, as before. (Note: I do clean up the reg daily).

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 System Freezes For Some Seconds Multiple Times A Day

Apr 18, 2012

My system freezes randomly for a few seconds. In the eventviewer i see often these ESENT (508) warnings:

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This problem is likely due to faulty hardware. Please contact your hardware vendor for further assistance diagnosing the problem.

I am using a brand new Intel 520 series SSD.

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Apr 17, 2014

Version: 8.1, 8.1.1 ... When updates from windows-updated are installed (which requires reboot), the "Restart now" button appears after installation. However, I decided not to restart at that time. After completing my job I shutdown by right click on start icon -> Shutdown or sign out -> Shutdown. I started my laptop the next day and checked for updates, I still see the same page where "Restart now" option is shown. With this, you cannot further check for updates.

The shutdown from start-icon is not recognized as "restart". I also checked the update history. The updates installed the other day were shown as "Pending restart".

This is happening for quite sometime. Technically shutdown and start is to be considered as restart. When shutdown from start-icon is selected, what exactly happens? Is it not shutting the PC completely?

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Dec 14, 2013

Title says it all. You can restart Windows explorer via task manager, but can I do the same with start screen? Because I changed the amount of tile rows on it, but I have to log off. Unfortunately, I am running a server which people are on currently and I'd hate having to wait a couple more hours to try this..

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Sep 25, 2013

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Aug 26, 2013

I have a laptop with windows 8, and everytime (or almost everytime, about 4/5 of the times) when I start/restart it, it says that it's configuring windows, please do not shut down your computer. This takes about 20 minutes each time and is really annoying.

Also, I'm not sure this happens all the time, but the first time this happend I just sat by my computer and waited. There I saw that first it was configuring, then when that got to 100%, it said "Configuration failed", then it said "Restarting" and started all over again, but the 2nd time it finished successfully and the computer started.

Since then, I haven't bothered sitting by my laptop and waiting for it while it updates, so I go do something else. So I don't know if that "Configuration failed" thing happens everytime or only that time.

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