How to disable fast startup in Windows 10

Although the Quick Launch feature provides quick access to your computer, it can sometimes cause problems. Below are 3 different ways to disable fast startup in Windows 10.

How fast start works

The fast startup feature in Windows 10 works by forcing your computer to go into a deeper state of hibernation instead of shutting it down completely.

When a computer enabled for fast startup shuts down, it closes all programs/files, logs off all users, alerts device drivers to prepare for hibernation, saves the current system state to a hibernation file, and turns off the computer.

When the computer restarts, it can simply use the hibernation file to come back to life without having to individually reload drivers, kernel, and related system files.

While the Fast Startup feature can be easily disabled on your computer, it has been known to return after a major Windows update.

Why disable fast startup?

While most users continue to use fast launch without realizing it, some users want to disable fast launch for the following reasons.

1. Fast startup prevents the computer from shutting down gracefully, resulting in open files not being saved and updates not being applied during shutdown (they’re applied on restart).

2. Depending on the computer, fast startup may prevent you from accessing the BIOS/UEFI settings during shutdown.

3. While Fast Startup significantly reduces boot times on computers with HDD drives, it has less of an impact on computers with SSD drives.

4. Fast Startup is known to interfere with encrypted disk images. The solution to this problem is to manually unencrypt drivers before shutting down.

5. Shutting down a computer that is enabled for fast startup locks the hard drive and prevents it from being accessed with another operating system (dual boot).

6. Fast Startup uses the Hibernate file, which takes up disk space.

If you are using dual boot, it is recommended to disable fast startup as users have reported cases of file and disk corruption.

1. Disable fast startup using settings

The Fast Startup feature in Windows 10 has also been blamed for causing this problem.

1. Right click on the beginning click and click power options.

Open the power options on the Windows PC

2. On the next screen, scroll down in the right pane and click Additional power settings Shortcut.

Additional power settings option on the Windows settings screen

3. On the Power Options screen, click Choose what the power buttons do Shortcut.

Choose what the power buttons do

4. On the next screen, scroll down to “Shutdown Settings” and uncheck the box Turn on fast startup Possibility.

Disable fast startup option in Windows 10

5. Click on save Changes Button.

This will disable fast startup on your computer until the next major Windows 10 update.

Note: If you don’t see the Fast startup option, it means that hibernation is not enabled on your computer. You can quickly enable hibernation by opening and running Command Prompt powercfg/hibernate Command.

2. Disable fast startup through the control panel

If you still enjoy using the Control Panel, you can follow the steps below to disable fast startup on your computer.

1. Open Switchboard on your computer.

Open the Control Panel

2. From the Control Panel screen, navigate to hardware and sound > power options and click Change the function of the power switches.

Change the

3. On the next screen, scroll down to “Shutdown Settings” and uncheck the box Turn on fast startup Possibility.

Disable fast startup in Windows 10

4. Click on save Changes to save and implement this change on your computer.

3. Permanently disable fast startup using the registry

This method should prevent Windows 10 from enabling Fast Startup via an update. It is recommended that you back up the registry files before proceeding with these steps.

1. Right click on the beginning click and click To run.

2. In the Run Command window, type regedit and click OK.

Open the Windows registry

3. On the registration screen, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Policies/Microsoft/Windows/System

4. Right-click in the right area and select New DWORD Possibility.

Create a new DWORD in the Windows system folder

5. Name the new DWORD as HiberbootEnabled and make sure its value is 0 (which is 0 by default).

Name the new DWORD HiberbootEnabled

Complete the registration and restart your computer.


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