Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate Windows 8.1 using the WinX Power User Menu

One of the important features most users were missing in Windows 8, was an easy and quick way to shut it down. While there are many ways you can shut down Windows 8, users had to follow a tedious procedure if they wanted to add Shutdown and Restart to the WinX Power user Menu in Windows 8. Microsoft has listened to feedback and madething easy in the Windows 8.1 update to the operating system. Now one can simply open the WinX or Power User Menu, by moving your cursor to the bottom left corner an right-clicking. Here you will see new options to Shut down and Restart your computer.

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But if you wish, you can also add the Hibernate and Sleep options here. To do so, from the WinX Menu, select Windows PowerShell (Admin), type powercfg.cpl and hit Enter to open Power Options.

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In the Power Options applet of the Windows 8.1 Control Panel, in the left side, you will see Choose what the power buttons do. Click on it.

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Under the Power System Settings, click on Change settings that are currently unavailable and scroll down.

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You will see the following options being offered. Select Sleep and Hibernate.

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You will now see the Hibernate and Sleep option also being made available in the Windows 8.1 WinX Power User Menu.

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Windows 8.1 Update adds the option to even shut down Windows 8.1 from the Start Screen as shown below.

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This sure does make things a lot easier for Windows 8 users.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • timbozi

    worked great! thanks for the info, have been missing hibernate!

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