We've seen a steady flow of Windows 8 news this past month, and it's not ready to stop yet. Earlier this week an old build of Windows 8 was leaked online, and many flocked to download the bits. Today, a site uncovered a feature that appears to replace the operating system's default shutdown behavior so that the boot up process can be speed up.

Windows 8 Italia discovered the feature which appears to use advanced hibernation functionality when the computer is shut down (instead of actually shutting it down) and allows the machine to start up faster. The article on Windows 8 Italia is a troubleshooting reference for a problem apparently caused by the new feature when two operating systems are installed.

The feature can be found by typing "power button" into the start menu, and then clicking "Change settings that are currently unavailable." Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 in 2012 with the current rumored retail availability for January 2013. The word on the street also is that there may be a beta as soon as this fall.

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