I run a quad-boot with Fedora, Ubuntu, ChromiumOS, and Windows 8. I have discovered that Windows 8 will no longer hibernate - it just brings me back to the lock screen. When I run it from command-line, I get this: The requested system device cannot be found.(15299)

The problem is, Windows also can't do it's fast-startup thing because that involves kernel hibernation. The only way I can shutdown is with shutdown /s /t 0 or a shortcut that invokes it.

Apparently, this problem is tied to Windows having its boot manager in control. That's great, but if I hibernate Windows, its boot manager won't let me start up anything else, defeating the whole point of a multiboot. Using GRUB, you can hibernate an OS and start up another, then come back to the other one.

How can I keep my multiboot and also be able to hibernate Windows 8?

  • Try doing sfc /scannow.
    – harrymc
    Jan 6, 2013 at 8:41
  • Try running (From an elevated command prompt) <code>powercfg -h on</code> to (re)enable hybernation. Does that return any error?
    – K.A.Monica
    Jan 6, 2013 at 17:43
  • @K.A It returns no error, but doesn't work. Even running powercfg -h off followed by powercfg -h on doesn't work. Jan 6, 2013 at 19:08
  • (Also <code> doesn't work in comments, use backticks instead.) Jan 6, 2013 at 19:08
  • @harrymc Looks like sfc found something, I ran with /verifyonly first. Will reboot and see if it hibernates again. Jan 6, 2013 at 20:17

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I honestly don't know what the rules are here for linking to another forum, but given the amount of time this question has been open, I am going to do so and hope you get this resolved.

Take a look at this thread over on the Microsoft Community Forums -


If you go to Page 2 of the replies, there is a response from captainu replied on February 1, 2010 that details a possible workaround for you.

Then on Page 3 of the replies, there is a response from skariks replied on September 16, 2010 that details a more complex possible solution.

I hope this helps you out!

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    Lining is fine, but you should usually try to contain the key points in your answer. This will make sure your answer isn't worthless if the site you linked to goes down.
    – ernie
    Jan 10, 2013 at 20:03
  • Answer 1: Looks like this won't work - the EasyBCD solution requires Windows to be the only operating system capable of hibernating, which defeats a big whole point of my multiboot. Answer 2: The partition is marked as active, so I still don't know what's going on here. Jan 10, 2013 at 21:42

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