Windows 10 Tutorials 66 – How to Enable or Disable Fast Startup

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of the upcoming Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Fast Startup feature in Windows 10.

What is Fast Startup?

Fast startup is a Windows 10 feature which combines the features of shutdown and hibernation to make your computer to start faster after a shutdown than normal startup process.

This is achieved by saving a part of system related files and drivers to a hibernation file (hiberfil.sys) upon shutdown. When you start your computer again, Windows will resume from hibernate and resume your session.

Following are some points which need to be considered:

  1. The Fast startup setting only applies to Shutdown, it doesn’t apply to Restart.
  2. The shutdown should not be performed from Power Menu shutdown option.
  3. Hibernate feature has to be enabled. If you disable hibernate, then it will also disable fast startup.

How to enable or disable Fast startup in Windows 10:

  1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and select Power Options or select Power Options from Power Menu (Windows + X)
  2. From the links on the left hand side, click on Choose what the power buttons does.

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  1. Click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link at the top.

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  1. To enable Fast startup, under Shutdown settings, check the Turn on fast startup box, click on the Save changes button.
  2. To disable Fast startup, under Shutdown settings, uncheck the Turn on fast startup box, click on the Save changes button.

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Note: If hibernate feature is not turned on, Turn on fast startup setting will not be listed here. You will need to close the System Settings window, enable hibernate, and start over again.

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