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The custom Shut Down and Restart icons use generic Windows icons. To assign a more descriptive icon to each one, right-click the shortcut and click Properties. Click Change Icon and ignore the error message that tells you the Shutdown command has no custom icons available.
From the list of Standard shell icons, choose this power icon. Click OK to assign the icon, click OK again to close the Properties dialog box, and then right-click to pin the custom shortcut to the Start screen.
You now have custom Shut Down and Restart icons on both the Windows desktop and the Start screen. Drag them to a convenient position and you no longer have to complain about the inconvenience of shutting down in Windows 8.