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How to Turn Off Fast Startup in Windows

Dan King
Dan King

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Fast Startup was a feature that was originally introduced in Windows 8 and does exactly what its name implies: Allows the PC to startup much faster after you turn your computer off.  It does this by simply logging off users, hibernating all files, and on the next system startup, resumes work where it left off.  This allows the computer to startup much faster than performing a full Restart where all system tasks have to fully start up again.

Many PC users do not like the fact that, by default, the Shut Down function on your Windows machine initiates Fast Startup.  Many users want a clean re-boot every time they power down their computer.  

How to Turn Off Fast Startup in Windows

Here is how to turn off Fast Startup on your Windows 10 PC:

  1. Right-click the Start button
  2. Click Search
  3. Type Control Panel and hit Enter
  4. Click System and Security
Windows 10 Control Panel System and Security settings

5. Click Power Options/Change what the power buttons do

Windows 10 Control Panel Power Options

6. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable

Windows 10 System Settings Power buttons and password protection

7. Click Turn on fast startup (recommended) to disable the checkmark

Windows 10 turn off fast startup checkbox

8. Click Save Changes

You are done!  Now when you choose to Shut Down your machine, your applications will close completely and you will get a fresh reboot with none of your prior applications started in the background.

If you are wondering whether you should turn this feature off or not, check out our article, Should I Restart or Shut Down my PC for more information.

Should I Restart or Shut Down My Windows PC?
Many people wonder whether to Restart or Shut Down their Windows 10 computer. Most do not understand that there is a difference between the two. Here we explain the differences so you can decide which one to use on your PC.