How to turn fast startup on or off in Windows 10

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Fast startup combines a standard system start and hibernation to create a hybrid boot that gets you from zero to desktop in the shortest time. It uses the hibernate function familiar to users of Windows 7 and 8 and writes an image of the current state to file. This file is read at boot to speed up system loading. It’s a useful way to save time when using your computer, so if you want to turn fast startup on or off in Windows 10, here’s how to do it.

Make sure hibernation is turned on
To work properly, fast startup depends on hibernate mode. It should be enabled by default in Windows 10, but let’s make sure.

1. Open a CMD window as an administrator.
2. Type or paste ‘powercfg -h on’.

This will enable hibernate if disabled and do nothing if already enabled.

Turn fast startup on in Windows 10
Now we know hibernate is enabled, let’s set up fast startup.

1. Navigate to Control Panel, Hardware and sound and then Power options.
2. Select ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ and then ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.
3. Under Shut-down settings, check the box next to Turn on fast startup and then Save.

Turn fast startup off in Windows 10
If you don’t want to use fast startup, you can easily turn it off.

1. Navigate to Control Panel, Hardware and sound and then Power options if you closed the window.
2. Select ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ and then ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.
3. Under Shut-down settings, uncheck the box next to Turn on fast startup and then Save.

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How to get into advanced startup options in Windows 10
How to stop wake timers in Windows 10
How to turn USB notifications on or off in Windows 10


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