shutdown windows 8

windows 8 shutdown

Perhaps the easiest task that can be accomplished while using an OS is shutting it down and restarting it. Windows users enjoyed the Start button/Orb in previous versions of Windows up to Windows 8. But with Windows 8 Microsoft has decided to leave Start button and if you are a new user of Windows 8 you would be puzzled to see how shutting down your windows is no more an easy task.

The Normal Way

Now in order to shutdown or access any other power option you need to move your cursor to the right side of the screen to access the Charms Menu.Charms Menu would contain the power Options that you can select from.It seems more practical on a Touch Screen device or a tablet, but is bit confusing on a desktop or laptop.


Another way to access this Charms menu one can press “Win key” + “C”.


The One Click Way:

This method involves creating Shutdown and Restart Shortcuts in Windows 8 and then Adding them to the Windows 8 Metro Start screen .

#Step 1 : Let’s begin with creating Shortcuts for shutdown and restart. Right-click on the Desktop or anywhere and select New Shortcut from the pop-up menu :


Step 2: Type Following in the Location of the item :

shutdown.exe -s -t 00


Step 3 : Press Next and then Enter a Name for the shortcut and then press Finish.

name shortcut

Step 4: Now we have created Shortcut for Shutdown, let us change its icon to make it resemble more like a Shortcut to Shutdown. Right Click on Shortcut and select Properties.

properties shortcut

Next navigate to Change Icon tab.


An error message pops up Click OK and proceed .


Select the icon of your choice from the ones shown . And then select OK and then Apply


Step 5: Now copy the shortcut from its current location to  C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

Step 6: Just in case the directory is hidden click the Hidden items check box in the Show/hide group on the View tab.Click Continue to give permission to paste the file into the directory.

Step 7 : Now you will see the shutdown windows 8 icon in the start screen.

Add Additional Power options:

To add sleep , Hibernate, Restart options add following codes in the location of the shortcut.

  • Restart : shutdown.exe -r -t 00
  • Lock : rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  • Hibernate : rundll32.exe powrProf.dll,SetSuspendState
  • Sleep : rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

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