Windows 8.1 – Shutdown and Shutdown

Hey there, when i watched the last edition of “The Defrag Show” this week-end Gov Maharaj gave an interesting explanation about the difference in behaviour when using the Shutdown option within the charms bar or the Widnows X-menu.



To keep a long story short. When you have fast boot enabled, the shutdown option in thr charms bar will perform a so-called hybrid shutdown, but when using the shutdown option in the x-menu a full shutdown is performed meaning that the next time you turn on the machine a cold boot happens.

To find out how your client last booted, you can use the below powrshell code

$boot = Get-WinEvent -ProviderName Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-boot  -MaxEvents 10 | Where-Object {$_.message -like "The boot type*"}
$boot| format-list 


  • 0x1 indicates that the system did a fast startup
  • 0x0 indicates that the system did a cold boot

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