Why Windows isn’t shutting down completely (and that’s a good thing)

Why Windows isn't shutting down completely (and that's a good thing)

from Manuel Christa
If we want to switch off the computer, we click on “Shut down” – absolutely logical. What does the computer do then? Shut down? No not really! Absolutely illogical actually! Yes, it sounds strange, but that’s how it is! For real! What is the small but important difference between shutting down and “shutting down” and why everyone should know it, that’s what we’re talking about now.

Does the computer still cause problems, even though it has already been switched off a few times and has accordingly also started up again a few times? This may be because Windows has not restarted. We all know the message after a driver or software installation that requires a restart. A restart completely shuts down Windows and just starts up again, while the shutdown keeps the Windows kernel in the hibernation state, i.e. writes its state from the main memory to the hard disk. The whole thing actually makes sense, because the computer starts up much faster this way. This quick start function has been on board since Windows 8 and is active by default if the hardware supports it, which is almost always the case with newer ones.
The Windows kernel is the core of the operating system between the hardware and any software, even before all drivers and programs. And if the is not closed with all the other programs when shutting down, this can be the cause of some Windows problems. So if a driver is not yet active or something similar. It is important to know that the restart shuts down Windows completely and does not park the current state on the drive, as with shutdown.

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This is also the reason why every computer helper with Windows problems first asks whether you have switched the computer off and on again. Such a restart works wonders and is part of the solution to Windows bitchy things like drinking tea to cure the flu.

So if you dutifully restart your computer with every installation or every software update, you don’t have to worry about this kernel hibernation when shutting down. Because the quick start makes sense, it does exactly what it is supposed to do, Windows starts up quickly. The difference in speed is not insignificant. We checked this on a notebook. With the quick start, Windows is ready for use much faster than after a cold start after a full shutdown.