Anyone remember being told how amazing Windows 8 was, that it booted faster than any other version before it (and faster than OS X or Linux)? It's probably old news to most but today, I found out why.
While figuring out how to reset local admin credentials, the tool I was using kept indicating that the target partition hadn't gone through a full shutdown. This was a head-scratcher because I'd logged out and then selected shutdown.
While it's probably not actually news to anyone other than me, it turns out:
- "sleep" == pause,
- "shutdown" == hibernate, and
- "reboot" == full shutdown plus restart
So, for those of you that can't clear a password with an external tool: when the tool complains about the target partition not having been through a full shutdown, the above is "why". Just select "reboot" instead and then interrupt the machine before it starts loading from the hard drive.