Force Windows 8 To Have Hybrid Boot, Always On

One of the thousand new features of Windows 8 is “Fast Startup” that is also known as Hybrid Boot. We had a look at it a few days back. The work of this feature is to save the current kernel session and device drivers in hyberfil.sis, whose memory is about 4-8 GB or more.

Using this concept, Windows 8 is able to give you about 30-65% fast startup, after shut down. Hence compared to its earlier versions, Windows 8 wins the race in this segment. If you have a motherboard with UEFI, then the Fast Startup will be even faster!

But there are some settings which can be configured to disable the fast startup function. If you are using multi-user system, it may be possible that some other users may tweak this setting, and you might not be able to enjoy the fast startup. You may also end up wondering why your Windows 8 is booting relatively slowly.

In this article, we’re going to share you the trick to lock the tweaking option, so that only you can change the setting for Hybrid Boot. Actually by default “Fast startup” is turned on, but using this way, you can force it to stay on and gray out the settings to be able to turn it off.

Disable option to disable Hybrid Boot or Fast Startup

Using Registry Editor

1. Press the Windows Key + R simultaneously and put regedit in Run dialog box.

2. Navigate to the following registry key:


3. Now right-click in right pane of the window. Create a DWORD value and name it “HiberbootEnabled”.

4. Right click on above created DWORD value, select Modify. You will got this window:

5. Now you can use following values for Value data section:

Do NOT force “Hybrid boot” to be always turned on = ‘0’ (Default Setting)

Force “Hybrid boot” to be always turned on =  ‘1’

6. Close Registry Editor and reboot to see results.

Using Group Policy Editor

This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

1. Press Windows Key + R combination and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box.

2. In the left pane navigate to:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization

3. Now look in the right pane, you’ll got the policy named Require use of fast startup as shown above.

4. Double click on this policy to get the window shown below.

5. Now you can use following settings:

Force “Hybrid boot” to be always turned on =  Enable

Do NOT force “Hybrid boot” to be always turned on =  Disabled/Not configured (Default Setting)

After making changes click Apply followed by OK.

That’s it. Reboot to see the results.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.