How to Disable Fast Boot in Windows 10

Fast Starup in Windows 10 is also called Fast Boot in Windows 8. When the PC is turned on rather than reloading kernel and drivers, it loads the hibernation file into RAM and takes you to the welcome screen. This can cause some serious compatibility issues (different blue screen errors) with devices with no sleep mode. This article is all about how you can disable fast boot Windows 10 to avoid any issue.

There are 3 ways you can disable this feature that will be working in Windows 10 and Windows 8, because Fast Boot initially appeared in Windows 8 and carried over to Windows 10:

Way 1: Disable Fast Boot Using Registry

Fast startup or Fast boot in Windows 10 is an integrated feature that reduces the time taken by the computer to boot up from being fully shut down, in other words, you think that you have completely shut down the system, but in reality, the PC is in the state that comes between Shutdown and hibernation.

When you have shut down your PC, it saves an image of your loaded kernel and drivers on your hard drive in a file called Hiberfile or Hibernation file and closes all of the applications.

Before starting to disable Fast Boot, we recommend you back up your Registry first and then proceed with these steps:

  • Type Registry in Windows Search bar or Press Windows Key + R and type regedit in the run dialog to open Registry Editor.

    open registry editor to disable fast boot windows 10
  • From the left side, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Policies>Microsoft>Windows.

    And then navigate bottom and search for System

  • On the right side of the window right-click to and create a new DWORD (32 bit or 64 bit).
  • When DWORD is created named it as
  • Now that you the file double click to open dialog and set the value to 0.
  • Exit Registry Editor

Way 2: Disable Fast Boot Using Command Prompt

To disable Fast Boot in Windows 10, you can follow these steps:

  • Type cmd in Windows Search bar and right-click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

    run command prompt with administrator rights
  • When the Command Prompt window is open, type exe /hibernate off or powercfg -h off and press Enter.

    enter above mentioned command in the CMD
  • Type exit and then press Enter, now you are good to go.

Way 3: Disable Fast Boot Using Group Policy

Finally, the last way we can suggest relies on disabling Fast boot or Fast Startup by editing the Local Group Policy. The Local Group Policy Editor permits you to take full control of your PC to limit permissions.

Here how you can disable Fast boot:

  • Type Group Policy in Windows Search bar and open Edit group policy.
  • go to Computer Configurations > Administrative Templates > System > Shutdown.

    goto admin templates and then system followed by shutdown
  • Right-click on the Require use of fast startup and click Edit.
  • Now the new window is opened, you need to choose Disabled or Not configured and press Save to access Fast boot in the local Setting of your PC.
  • Now Press Windows Key + R to open Run dialog and type cpl and hit Enter.
  • Choose What Power buttons do.

    click on Choose What Power Button Do
  • Uncheck the box for Turn on fast startup that should be under the Shutdown.

    make sure to uncheck fast startup

If these options are greyed out, then you need to click Change settings that are currently unavailable and Uncheck the box for Turn on fast startup.

click on change unavailable settings

With that, we can now conclude to our next part where we will guide the user to decide Should user disable Fast Boot?

Should I Disable Fast Boot in Windows 10?

You should let it enable because there are multiple reasons, but most importantly, it does affect the performance on your system, i.e., boot faster. To better understand should someone disable Fast Boot, first need to under what advantages and disadvantages are about Fast Boot.

Pros:
  • System boot faster than Windows 7.
  • As mentioned above, it saved the Operating system state to a hibernation file by closing all applications and logs of all users.
  • Just refreshes RAM and load hibernation file.
Cons:
  • Never perform complete Shutdown.
  • You may not be able to install and apply the update and turn off your computer because the update requires complete Shutdown. This will cause error (blue screen or black screen) at startup.
  • Sometimes with Fast boot enabled windows to lock your main partition, and you may not be able to access it while using Dual boot or virtualization.

If you ever encountered the problem like blue screen or black screen, Windows updates loop or stuck at the welcome screen, do not worry about this because we do have a solution for your problems: Tenorshare Windows Boot Genius. It is a bootup solution and can be downloaded from the official website. It is designed to works effectively to solve blue or black screen error, solve Windows 10 update issues, system crash issues even if you are using Solid State Drive (SSD) or have the processor (CPU) that reset its uptime after booting.

Final Thoughts

This article guides users about process of disabling fast boot in Windows 10. Three unique ways are explained for users so they can choose whatever they find easier to follow. The extra tip section contains answer to should a user disable fast boot in Windows 10. At last, if you forgot login password on Windows 10, try to use PassFab 4WinKey.

Disable Fast Boot Windows 10 FAQs

Q1. Should I disable fast boot Windows 10?

There are pros and cons about Windows 10 fast boot, but we still recommend to enable it becasue it will affect the performance on your Windows system.

Q2. Does Windows 10 fast startup drain battery?

Windows 10 Fast Startup won't add to power drain in any way more than cold shutdown. So you can take it easy to enable it.

Q3. How do I turn on fast boot in BIOS?

  • Step 1. Press F2 during boot to enter the BIOS setup.
  • Step 2. Go to the Boot > Boot Priority tab.
  • Step 3. Enable the Fast Boot setting.
  • Step 4. Press F10 to save and exit.

Updated on / Posted by Andy Samuel to Windows 10 / Follow @Andy Samuel

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