The following post will describe how to turn Windows 10 Fast Startup OFF or ON. I usually turn it off on my PCs because I’ve had startup problems as described in the following sections.
A Brief History of My Current PC
I first set up my current desktop PC (an HP Z620 Workstation) in November 2016. This was a new purchase after my previous desktop failed. I’ve been using Windows PCs since 1997 and have built up a considerable bank of applications and data. Getting all this information transferred over to a new PC from a broken one was not a simple task. I now have programs on C: (which is a Solid State Drive) and data on D: (which is a RAID 1 pair of Hard Disk Drives.) So I need to keep my PC running perfectly because I don’t want to spend time reinstalling all my applications again.
Well I have had to do it again since then. Fortunately not because my PC had failed but because there were unrepairable Windows issues leading me to reinstall Windows 10 with the loss of all installed programs but without losing my data. I suspect there were some software issues after Windows 10 was installed by the vender. It is a pre-owned PC originally from a business but not used (no dirt had been sucked in by the cooling fans). I had to reinstall Windows 10 to get printing to work initially.
My Windows 10 Fast Startup Problem
Anyway one of the things I discovered along the road was that Windows PCs now come with Windows 10 Fast Startup selected by default. My PC had been using Windows 10 Fast Startup for some time before I realised it. Over time I was having more and more problems during startup where the PC wouldn’t complete loading applications. I found myself pressing the power button too often to restart it.
Once I disabled Windows 10 Fast Startup the startup problems melted away. I decided I don’t like Windows 10 Fast Startup and prefer my PC to start from scratch each time. I fear that, for a million and one reasons, with Windows 10 Fast Startup something may not get loaded into memory that should be loaded leading to a crash, freeze or mouse failure (usually the latter two) requiring the power button to be pressed.
Some things that aren’t processed correctly, when Windows 10 Fast Startup is turned ON, are encrypted files and application updates. You can find out more from:
- The Pros and Cons of Windows 10’s “Fast Startup” Mode by Walter Glenn on March 3rd, 2016.
- How to disable Windows 10 fast startup (and why you’d want to) by Cale Hunt 15 Dec 2017.
NOTE: Big Windows 10 updates can turn Windows 10 Fast Startup back on. This happened with the latest update to version 1803. I suspected this had happened when I had a couple of startups which didn’t complete and found all I could do to get my PC restarted was to press and hold the Power button until it shut down or press the familiar ALT + CTRL + DEL keys. In Windows 10 this brings up a screen with menu choices in the centre and a shutdown icon in the bottom right corner.
How To Gain Control of Windows 10 Fast Startup
Windows 10 Fast Startup is controlled through Power Options in the Control Panel so it is necessary to get to that window first.
To do that with Cortana installed:
- Search using Cortana on the Task Bar for Control Panel. (It may appear in the list of results after typing Control only),
- Select Control Panel from Cortana’s list,
- Select Power Options from the list of all Control Panel items.
NOTE: Anyone wishing to pin the Control Panel to the Start Menu or Task Bar for future use should right click on the Control Panel result from Cortana (after performing task 1 above) where pinning opportunities are offered .
Another method to get to Power Options in the Control Panel is:
- Select (click) the Start button at the left of the Task bar,
- Select (click) Settings,
- Select (click) System in the Windows Settings window,
- Select (click) Power & Sleep from the list of System items,
- Observe the sub heading ‘Related Settings’ under ‘Power & Sleep’,
- Select (click) ‘Additional power settings’ under that sub heading.
To Turn Windows 10 Fast Startup OFF or ON
From the Control Panel’s Power Options window entitled ‘Choose or customise a power plan’:
- Select ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ in the list of options on the left. (This is highlighted by the red box in the picture above.)
The window contents change and the title changes to ‘Define Power Buttons and turn on password protection’. See below:
Look down the page for the sub heading ‘Shut-down settings’ where there is a list of (4) items (highlighted by the blue box in the picture above) each with check boxes on the left. One (the first one) says ‘Turn on fast start-up (recommended)’. However you will notice that all these items are greyed out. I presume this is a minor security measure to prevent accidental changes.
In order to change any of these settings the phrase in blue text next to the security shield (which says, “Change settings that are currently unavailable“) must be selected. (This is highlighted by the red box in the picture above.)
The security phrase will be removed and the items in the list will no longer be greyed out. See below:
It will now be possible to change the checkbox status by toggling it with a mouse click. So:
- If you DON’T want to use Windows 10 Fast Startup get it unchecked (unticked) by selecting the checkbox (pointing and clicking it) as necessary to get the result shown below:
- If you want to use Windows 10 Fast Startup ensure this is checked (ticked) by selecting the checkbox (pointing and clicking it) as necessary. See below: