How to Disable Hiberboot in Windows 8

Windows 8 has a new feature called Hiberboot which enables you to boot your PC very fast. The hiberboot mode is combination of sleep and hibernate modes. In Windows 8, when you shutdown your computer, it actually initiates to perform a hybrid hibernate mode. So when you start your PC next time, it does not go through all the usual power on cycles, instead it restores the desktop back from the last hibernate state. In multi-boot systems, this hiberboot mode may cause problems. Fortunately, you can disable the hiberboot in Windows 8 easily. Here is how:

  1. Press the hotkey Win + R to open the Run dialog. In the Run dialog type regedit.exe and press Enter. This would open the Windows Registry Editor program.

    How to Disable Hiberboot in Windows 8

  2. In the Registry Editor, naviagte to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager\Power

    How to Disable Hiberboot in Windows 8

  3. On the right-side pane, you would find a DWORD value named HiberbootEnabled. Double-click on HiberbootEnabled and change its value to 0.
  4. Now navigate to the following key in the Registry Editor:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power
  5. Like before, you would find a DWORD value named HiberbootEnabled on the right-side pane. You have to change its value to 0 as you have done before.

That’s it. Now when you restart your Windows 8 computer, it will take longer time to start but will finish all the power on procedures. One of the benefits of not using the hiberboot is that all the system wide settings are loaded each time you power on your PC.

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