How to Fully Shutdown Windows 10 Instead of Hibernating It

April 10th, 2019 by Admin Leave a reply »

By default, Windows 10 enables a feature called Fast Startup (Hybrid Shutdown) that can shut down and boot up your PC much faster than Windows 7 or previous versions of Windows. When you shutdown Windows 10, you’re actually performing a partial hibernation.

If you prefer to have your PC completely shut down, you can either turn off Fast Startup feature or use the following methods to fully shutdown Windows 10.

Method 1: Perform a Full Shutdown Using Shift Key

We’ve covered many different ways to shutdown Windows 10 in the past, but you might not realize that Windows 10 is just doing a hybird shutdown by default. If you would like to perform a full shutdown, simply hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and then click the “Shut down” option in the Start Menu, or on the sign-in screen.

Method 2: Perform a Full Shutdown Using Command Prompt

Just open an elevated Command Prompt or PowerShell window, type the following command and press Enter:

shutdown /s /f /t 0

This will immediately close any open applications without prompting to save your work, and completely shut down your PC.

Conclusion

The Fast Startup feature can make your computer boot up faster, saving valuable seconds every time you turn on Windows 10. However, if your Windows 10 was installed on a speedy solid-state drive (SSD), Fast Startup don’t actually make any difference and a full shutdown is recommended.