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I was curious about trying Hybrid Boot, or to see if I'd already been using it. It turns out I don't even have the option to enable it available to me.

Windows 8 Shutdown Settings

What does Windows need to do a hybrid shutdown/boot?

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It could simply be disabled. Try executing powercfg -h on. – Dennis Oct 30 '12 at 16:12
    
@Dennis Ah, if it requires hibernation, I think I'll leave it off. – Louis Oct 30 '12 at 16:15
    
A hybrid shutdown essentially means hibernating after logging off. – Dennis Oct 30 '12 at 16:16
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Fast startup requires hibernation to be enabled. If you have the correct drivers installed but you still don't see the setting, you can try to enable hibernation by opening Command Prompt as an administrator and running powercfg /hibernate on.

Command Prompt

When hibernation is enabled, you should see the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option.

Hibernate is enabled

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As MSFN post suggests

To use Hybrid boot, your system must have a hibernation file and the drivers must support hibernation.

I think the unsupported drivers is the root of the problem in your case. It will take some time to update all the drivers to the new technology.

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