Windows 8 Hybrid Boot

Microsoft has added a new feature called Hybrid Boot to current builds of the operating system which appears to be active by default. Hybrid Boot has been designed to reduce startup times after shutting down the computer. For that, the shut down has been turned into a hibernation like feature to speed up the next start of the operating system.

It appears as if only the data needed to start the operating system faster is put into hibernation, not the data that the user is working on. This could be achieved with the default hibernation option instead.

Hybrid boot speeds up the start of the operating system considerably. Windows 8 Italia, the site that discovered the new feature, mentioned that it took 20 seconds to boot. That is definitely less than a standard startup takes, but since we do not know which system the site used to test the feature, we cannot really make a judgement on the average gain.

Dual-boot, or multi-boot system users will not see the default boot manager when they have shut down Windows 8 with Hybrid Boot enabled.

They need to disable the feature to enable the old shut down option again.

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This is handled in the Windows Control Panel under Power Options.

To sum it up: The shutdown button in Windows 8 uses a feature called Hybrid Boot to speed up the next start of the operating system using a hibernation like system.

What’s your take on the feature?

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8 Responses to Windows 8 Hybrid Boot

  1. Hao Ren April 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Windows does not enable user to have multi-boot feature (like grub2 for linux)
    Which is why Microsoft remains as gay until now

    • Windows April 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      suck it up. if you dont like the entire microsoft company because they dont have a dual boot multi feature for their Operating System, then thats pretty sad i must say. Why would Windows need it anyways? Only thing you are going to dual boot with it anyways is most likely linux, so why worry about it if linux has one anyways? your logic is out the window…

    • chunk sloth April 18, 2011 at 12:03 am #

      I don’t understand what you mean by “multi-boot feature”?

      I have a choise of 3 different window installs when I boot up this computer.

    • Katherine Mathew April 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      the boot process of linux used to have several bugs in the alpha and beta versions. Then people correct it as it is open source. But the case is different with microsoft windows.

      Especailly this time when the OS is going into ARM.

  2. Robert B April 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    So if I just choose hibernate on Windows 7 instead of shut down I’m effectively achieving the same thing…

    • Pringle April 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      hibernating is not a good option for windows 7. it damages your hard disk as the session needs to be written on hard disk each time and the boot point must be chaged.

  3. Chandra H. April 24, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    i’m agree with Pringle, hibernating isn’t good not only the harddisk, but the whole cpu components because every part of cpu consumes electric, unless it takes a little. i think it’s better to turn off our computer when we don’t used it.

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