Cannot boot to windows 7 after shutting down windows 8 on a dual-boot system when fast startup is enabled on windows 8

Note: I think that this problem has something to do with the fast startup option in windows 8. (It writes files to the HDD when it shuts down to enable it to startup faster when booting)


I am running a dual-boot system that has both windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and windows 8 Pro 64-bit.


I have windows 8 enabled as the default operating system.


When I shut down windows 8, I cannot boot to windows 7 the next time that I boot up my computer. The screen simply goes black and it hangs up. When I remove power, return it, then turn the computer back on, windows 7 starts and runs a disk check automatically. 


However, if I restart windows 8, there is no problem.


This is problematic to me.


Is this a bug?


Thank you for any help that can be given.




Have you tried turning the Fast Startup option off?


Press the WinKey+X to display the system menu and select Control Panel / Power Options.


On the left side menu, select the Choose what the power buttons do option.


At the top of the window, select Change settings that are currently unavailable.


Remove the check mark from the Turn on Fast Startup (Recommended) option.


Click Save Changes.


Shut Down (not Restart) the computer and start Windows 7.


Let us know what you find.



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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 103 Applies to: