How To Turn Off Fast Startup in Windows 10

Is your PC stuck in an inaccessible boot device loop? Are you in need of accessing BIOS settings, but unable to? Maybe all these issues are related to enabled Fast Startup feature.

Before getting into the deep ocean, let’s find out What Fast Startup feature is, Why we need to disable it and How do we do that.

stop windows 10 fast startup

What is Fast Startup?

Windows 10 is truly a bunch of useful features, and Fast Startup is one of them. Formerly came with Windows 8, it provides faster boot time whenever you start your computer. Works as similar to hybrid sleep mode and it’s enabled by default to reduce the time it takes for the computer to boot up from being fully shut down. Works even faster than hibernate!

Why Disable Fast Boot Feature?

Faster boot times sounds great functionality to have, so why anybody wants to turn it off?

  • By default, the feature is enabled and makes your computer to not perform regular shutdowns.
  • Also interferes with encrypted disk images. Many users have reportedly complained about how they had mounted the encrypted drives before shutting down their system and were automatically remounted when PC was started again.
  • When you shut down your PC while Faster Boot is turned on, Windows automatically locks down hard disk. You can’t even access it from other operating systems if you have your PC configured to dual-boot.
  • Depends upon the system to system, but if you’ve shut down your PC with Fast Startup enabled, you might not be able to access BIOS/UEFI settings.
  • Several device drivers hate being put into hibernation. As a result, they act stubbornly and sometimes also leads to crashing the PC.

As your PC isn’t shutting down fully, many devices are put in and brought out from hibernation continually, therefore leading to causing these issues.

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How To Disable Fast Startup Windows 10?

If none of the aforementioned issues have happened to you, it is suggested to live with Fast Boot enabled. And if you’ve finally decided to get rid of it, follow the steps below to disable it!

METHOD 1- Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10 Through Control Panel

Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10 Through Control Panel

 Step 1- Go to the Control Panel > type ‘Power option’ and hit Enter.

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Step 2- A menu will appear, select > Choose what the power buttons do.

Step 3- Look for Shutdown Settings and under that uncheck the box “Turn on Fast Startup”.

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Step 4- Press ‘Save Changes’ to get the desired effect.

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METHOD 2- Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10 Through CMD

Step 1- Go to the Windows Key and search for Command Prompt.

Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10 Through CMD-step-1

Step 2- Now don’t press enter, just right-click on Cmd icon and select option ‘Run as administrator’.

Step 3- Type and execute the following command: “powercfg – h off” and click Enter.

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 So, as you have seen that Fast Startup might seem a nice feature at first sight, but it has several ugly side effects as well. Though it should not always be disabled, as if you’ve spent time on Windows 10 for a while and have experienced zero issues you can keep it activated.

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  • comment_avtar
    tks, it drained my battery every night from 80% to 0. frustrating as hell in the morning. A truly dreadfull feature, and finnicky to disable and to detect the reason for the battery drain

    3 years ago

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