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  • How to disable Windows 10 fast startup (and why you'd want to)

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 How to disable Windows 10 fast startup (and why you'd want to)

    This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  anonymous 4 months ago.

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    • #1866523 Reply

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      Fast startup is a feature first implemented in Windows 8 and carried over to Windows 10 that provides a faster boot time when starting up your PC. It’s a handy feature and one that most people use without even knowing, but there are others who disable it immediately when they get their hands on a new PC.

      Let’s take a look at exactly how fast startup works, why you might want to enable or disable it, and how to do so.

      Ed Bott : Temporarily bypass the fast startup feature

      One of the most important performance improvements in Windows 10 is the fast startup feature, which uses the hibernation file to load Windows significantly faster than a “cold” start. When you use the Shut Down option, the fast startup feature closes all running apps, signs out of all user sessions, and then saves an image of the Windows kernel and all necessary drivers. The next time you start, Windows loads that image into memory, shaving precious seconds off the normal start-up time.

      Most of the time, this shortcut works just fine. But it can cause Windows to get confused under some circumstances, especially when software installers are involved. In that case, you can easily bypass the fast startup option.

      • This topic was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by  Alex5723.
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      Switch it always off, had too many problems with computers that refused to completely shutdown, spontaniously switched on again after a shutdown and just crashes at booting. Also, keep in mind that with Fast Boot you gain a few seconds during booting, but you lose many seconds at shutdown. Last but not least: with SSD’s it’s a near useless feature anyway.

    • #1876373 Reply

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      … and fast startup also keeps disks mounted, so they’re in an “unclean” state if accessed from other operating system instances. Such as if you happen to drop a laptop so that the disk would be salvageable and… oh and of course also multiboot.

      If you wanted to have the disk unreadable otherwise, use encryption…

      I disable fast boot as a rule. I also usually enable explicit hibernation.

    • #1876394 Reply


      I’ve always turned it off, even in Windows 8. It doesn’t reset the uptime to zero at shutdown so I’ve often seen PCs reporting uptimes of several weeks.

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