How to disable Fast Startup mode in Windows 10

With Windows 10 and 8.1, Microsoft Added Fast startup ( hybrid shutdown ) Feature to Reduct the startup time and make windows start faster. This is a very good Feature But did you know disabling Fast Startup Feature Fix most of the Startup problems such as BSOD error, Black screen with cursor etc? Let’s discuss What is Windows 10 Fast Startup feature? Pros and Cons of Windows 10’s “Fast Startup” Mode, And How to disable Fast Startup on Windows 10.

What is Windows 10 Fast Startup? 

The Fast Startup ( hybrid shutdown ) Feature first inaugurated in Windows 8 RTM, is enabled by default in Windows 10. The feature is specially intended to make your PC boot faster after it has shut down. Basically, When you shut down your computer with Fast Startup enabled, Windows closes all applications and logoff all users, just as in a normal cold shutdown. At this point, Windows is in a state very similar to when it’s freshly booted up: No users have logged in and started programs, but the Windows kernel is loaded and the system session is running. Windows then alert device drivers that support it to prepare for hibernation, saves the current system state to the hibernation file and turns off the computer.

So When you start the computer again, Windows does not have to reload the kernel, drivers, and system state individually. Instead, it just refreshes your RAM with the loaded image from the hibernation file and delivers you to the login screen. This technique can shave considerable time off your startup.

  1. The Fast Startup settings doesn’t apply to Restart, it only applies to the Shutdown process
  2. While Fast Startup mode is enabled, the shutdown should not be performed from the Power Menu
  3. In order to make the Fast Startup mode’s working better, you have to enable the Hibernate feature on your Windows 10 PC

Pros and Cons of Windows 10’s Fast Startup Feature

As the name says fast startup, this feature makes windows faster At startup. Take less time to boot windows, And save the valuable time for you.

But users found this feature has lots of Disadvantages:

First and the most many user’s reports Disable Fast startup mode fix number of Startup problems such as Different blue screen errors, Black screen With cursor etc for them. This is because due to fast startup Feature your computer isn’t shutting down fully. On next startup when these devices are being brought in out of hibernation this cause issues at startup.

If you are dual booting with some other OS. For example, if you have Linux or another version of Windows in a multi-boot configuration, it will not provide access to your Windows 10 partition due to the hibernated state of the partition caused by the hybrid shutdown.




When Fast Startup is enabled, Windows 10 can’t install its updates without rebooting. So it requires a reboot to finish the installation of updates. So we need Disable fast startup to completely shut down windows and install windows updates.

Disable Fast Startup mode in Windows 10

To Disable fast startup mode in windows 10, click on windows 10 start menu search type control panel and hit the enter key. On control panel change the view by small icon and click on Power options as shown below image.

open power options
open power options

On next screen click on the ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ option on the left side of the screen

choose what the power buttons do
choose what the power buttons do

Then Click on the blue ‘Change Settings that are currently unavailable’ link to disable Fast Startup mode in Windows 10.

change settings that are currently unavailable
change settings that are currently unavailable



Now simply uncheck the box next to ‘Turn on Fast Startup’ option and click on the Save changes button

uncheck Turn on Fast Startup
uncheck Turn on Fast Startup

That’s all, Click on save changes button to effect the changes. This way you have successfully disable Fast Startup mode in Windows 10. Anytime if you want to enable it again, all you need to do is just perform the steps described above and check the box next to the Turn on Fast Startup option. Also, read Fix Store Apps Missing after Windows 10 fall creators Update 1709