Dual Boot Pitfall #1: Windows 8 Hibernates on Shutdown
After successfully sat up Dual Boot Ubuntu 12.10 with Pre-Installed Windows 8 on my new Asus G46VW-BSI5N06 gaming ultrabook, I attempted to use it for my daily tasks. The goal was to have Windows 8, Ubuntu, and Mac OS X on this laptop all at once. Idea was that they would all be able to access the Windows 8 NTFS partition to share data. After shutting down Windows 8 cleanly, I booted into Ubuntu. When I tried to access the NTFS partition, I received a "Could not mount Windows" message:
"The NTFS partition is hibernated. Please resume and shutdown Windows properly, or mount the volume read-only with the 'ro' mount option, or mount the volume read-write with the 'remove_hiberfile' mount option."
What!? That is my first impression, because I never ever use Windows with its hibernation functionality. It turns out that Windows 8 uses hibernation automatically, whether you like it or not (even if you select "shutdown"). It does it in order to shorten the booting time. Actually, it sounds like a cool feature, if you only use Windows 8. But for a power user who wants to use multiple operating systems, it's a hindrance. The following are some things you need to do to turn off hibernation in Windows 8.
After performing these three steps, I have never had the hibernation lock problem in Ubuntu.
If you don't want to permanently disable Windows 8 hibernation, but want to force full shutdown, here are two ways to do it manually:
This information is cited in "Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8" (MSDN Blogs). On a tangent, why Microsoft choose to do a full shutdown, rather than a hybrid, on "Restart" is a mystery.
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