How to Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

    Looking for a way on how to disable fast startup in Windows 10? Here your search ends. In this post, you will find out step by step tutorial on how to do that.

    how to disable fast startup in windows 10

    Windows 10 the latest version of Windows launched by Microsoft comes with lots of features to improve the performance of the system. One out of them is Fast Startup.

    In case, the Windows 10 PC taking lots of time to boot up, then you can take help of this feature to speed up things along. Now you might be wondering how Fast Startup feature achieves that thing. Right?

    How Fast Startup Work in Windows 10

    When you turn off your Windows 10 PC, the system creates an image of drivers and loaded kernel in the file named as hiberfile (C:\hiberfil.sys). The next time system startup up after the shutdown, it just reloads the same hiberfile and makes your system boot faster. Even much faster than hibernate

    The Fast Startup feature is a combination of the elements of hibernate and cold shutdown features. It works similar to the hybrid sleep mode feature available in the earlier version of Windows.

    Why Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10?

    No doubt Fast Startup is a useful feature, but sometimes condition comes when users want to disable it. Some of the popular circumstances are:

    • To perform a normal shutdown, which is not possible if Fast Startup feature is enabled.
    • To avoid interference with encrypted disk images. As lots of use of the encryption application like TrueCrypt reported the same.
    • The system does not support hibernation also lack Fast Startup functionality. So it is a good idea to experiment whether the system is working fine or not.
    • When Fast Startup is enabled the system lock down the Windows hard disk. Due to this reason, users won’t be able to gain access to it from the operating system. The scenario can become worse if the system is configured for dual boot.
    • Depending on the configuration of the system, the user will not be able to gain access to UEFI/BIOS setting when turning off the system with Fast Startup feature enabled.

    In case, you’re not facing any of the issue discussed above; then you can keep the Fast Startup enabled. There is nothing wrong with it.

    How to Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

    Also, the things are not working according to your expectation; then you can also disable fast startup in Windows 10 just by making few clicks. Here is how you can do that:

    1. Launch Windows 10 Settings app. For that, click on the Settings icon available on the taskbar.

    settings icon on windows 10 taskbar

    2. Click on the System -> Power & Sleep.

    system settings in windows 10

    3. On the right pane, click on the link which reads “Additional Power settings” listed under related settings section.

    additional power settings in windows 10

    4. This will launch the Power option window of the Control Panel. Here you need to click on the link “Choose what power button does.”

    choose what power button does option in windows 10

    4. In the following window, you need to click on the link which reads “Change settings that are currently unavailable“.

    Change settings that are currently unavailable option in windows 10

    After that navigate to Shutdown settings section. Here you need to untick the box for “Turn on fast startup (recommended).”

    turn off fast startup option in windows 10

    5. Click on the Save changes button and reboot the system.

    Now you have successfully disabled the Fast Startup. You can check out video tutorial uploaded on GeekerMag YouTube channel:

    At any point, you want to enable the fast startup in Windows 10; then just tick mark the option which reads “Turn on fast startup (Recommended).”

    Bonus: There are lots of users who suggested that they able to fix the Bad Pool Header Windows 10 Error and KMode Exception Not Handled in Windows 10 just by disabling Fast Startup in Windows 10.

    That’s it, folks; I hope you find this tutorial on how to disable fast startup in Windows 10. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

    Viney Dhiman
    Himachali, Mechanical Engineer, Snooker Lover, Avid drinker of Scotch, Traveler, and Webmaster. (

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