Windows 8 and 8.1 don’t shutdown

One day my Windows 8.1 stopped shutting down. Restart works but shutdown seems to just turn off the screen after writing “Shutting down”. Clicking the mouse wakes the computer up at once.

This bug seems to be a feature, weirdly, a counter useful one in my opinion. It makes sure that you can turn the computer back on quickly by not shutting down. I can see the use in tablets but this is a PC. Really stupid decision.

Anyway, you can turn it off.

  • Press ‘start’
  • Start typing ‘Change what the power buttons do’ and when it appears click it
  • Click ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’
  • Untick ‘Turn on fast startup (recommended)’

In my opinion, turning this on by default on PC’s is a stupid decision.

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