How to Enable or Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10 OS

Fast Startup feature of Windows 10 is enabled by default which makes your system boot faster.  When this feature is enabled, it saves valuable time when you shut down your Computer by closing all the opened applications along with logging off all the users, but the Windows kernel and drivers remain loaded. Due to this reason whenever you start your Windows 10 PC again, it boots faster. You can disable Fast Startup to shut your Windows 10 PC properly.

The state of Windows 10 system when Fast Startup is enabled

Whenever you turn off your Windows 10 computer it doesn’t get fully shut down. Some of the state indications are given below:

• Windows Kernel remains loaded even after system gets shut down.
• Device drivers leftover active.
• The state combines the features of cold shutdown and hibernation.
• All users are logged off.
• All the applications and programs are terminated.
• Takes less time on startup of PC.
• It may affect while applying updates.
• Creates problem while accessing Windows hard disk from another OS if you are using dual boot system as enabled Fast Startup locks down Windows hard drive.

How to Enable or Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

If you really prefer to shut down your Computer in real sense then you should prefer to disable Fast Startup in Windows 10. This will result into little bit slow booting of system.

We are going to tell you two methods which you can use to enable or disable Fast Shutdown Windows 10.

Enable or Disable Fast Startup using System Settings

Open the Control Panel on your Windows 10 PC and Power Options.

Enable or disable Fast Startup using Control Panel

Select “Choose what the power button does” from left pane of window.

Enable or disable Fast Startup using Control Panel

Click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link.

Enable or disable Fast Startup using system settings

Now you can turn on or off Fast Startup under Shutdown settings option. If you unmark the checkbox, it will disable the Fast Startup of Windows 10 and helps you to shut your system down properly. Finally hit Save changes button.

Turn on or off Fast Startup using system settings

Enable or Disable Fast Startup using Windows Registry Editor

Type regedit in the Windows search box and hit Enter key to launch Windows Registry Editor. When prompted with UAC click Yes.

launch registry editor to enable or disable fast startup in windows 10

Navigate the following path in Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power

Scroll down until you find “HiberbootEnabled DWORD” on the right pane of Registry Editor Window and double click on it.

HiberbootEnabled DWORD

Set the value (0 or 1) in the value data box and hit OK button.

0 to disable
1 to enable

Set the value for HiberbootEnabled DWORD

If you find it difficult to navigate long & complex registry keys path there is a simple method to enable or disable Fast Startup in Windows 10 then you can also opt the following shortcut path.

Download the zip folder by clicking on download button and extract the files. The zip folder contains 2 .bat files one is to turn on and another is to turn off Fast Startup.

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For the ease, you can save the bat files on the desktop. Now right click on the desired file (enable or disable) and select Run as administrator.

When prompted click on Run and Yes (UAC).

This will automatically change the settings of Windows Registry. Use the method which is convenient for you to turn on or off Fast Startup in Windows 10.

Standard Warning: It is recommended not to play with Windows Registry Editor unless you are aware of basics of this complex structure. Windows Registry contains all the default settings of the Computer system, so misusing Registry may corrupt your Windows and make your PC unstable. We recommend you to take a backup of your Windows Registry as well as the data of your PC before starting any of registry editing tricks.

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