How to Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10?

Fast Startup also known as Hiberboot, hybrid shutdown, or hybrid boot is a Windows feature. It was first included with Windows 8, and is still present in Windows 10. Fast Startup gives a quicker boot time, it is one of the features that is used by numerous Windows users without even knowing about it. However many users find it useless and often prefer to disable it.

How to Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

In case you are here to know how to disable Fast Startup, then you must read this post thoroughly. I have given a brief and to the point description of Fast Startup, and how one can disable it from the system.

How does the Fast Startup function?

The Fast Startup is an advanced features that is available in Windows 10. This feature allows the system to startup even faster after you shut down the PC. But in reality, it doesn’t shut down the system completely. What happens actually is that, when you enable the Fast Startup, the system store the image of Windows kernel and loaded the essential drivers in C drive as hyberfil.sys (hyberfile). Hence when you start your PC then it load the hiberfil in the RAM and then instead of restarting the complete system, Windows just resumed the last state of the PC.

This is how a hyberfil.sys file looks in C drive:

hiberfil.sys file

But hiberfil.sys won’t be visible in your system because it a hidden file. You will have to uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) from the Folder Options.

Why should you consider disabling the Fast Startup?

Some compelling reasons to disable Fast Startup are as follows:

  1. The hibernation file consumes a lot of space, hence disabling Fast Startup would save some space of your hard drive. This issue arises specially when you are using a SSD. As you know that the SSD hard drive is expensive and therefore most of the users have 120 GB or 240 GB drive.
  2. Many times it is seen that the computer does not shut down and the fans keep spinning, even after you perform a shutdown.
  3. There may be troubles with Windows update with Fast Startup
  4. Users have reported trouble with Wake-on-LAN when the Fast Startup is enabled.

How to Disable the Fast Startup in Windows 10?

You can easily disable the Fast Startup using the Power Options in Control Panel. Follow the steps mentioned below to disable the Fast Startup.

1. Press the Windows logo on your keyboard, type Control and hit Enter button.

2. On top right-hand side, click on “Category” and choose “Small icons” from the drop down menu.

Control Panel Category

2. Now click on “Power Options”.

power options

3. Now click on “Choose what the power buttons do”, located on the left side.

Choose what the power buttons do

4. Next, click on Change settings that are currently unavailable, present at the top.

Change settings that are currently unavailable

5. Now under the Shutdown settings, unchecked the radio button that saysTurn on Fast startup (recommended).

Turn on fast startup Windows 10

6. Next, click on Save changes.

7. Now exit the Control Panel and restart your PC.

That’s it, hopefully you have just disabled the Fast startup.

Note: In case you want to turn on the Fast Startup, then you will just have to check the Turn on fast startup (recommended) mentioned above.

So this was how you can disable the Fast Startup in your Windows 10 system. I hope you find this post useful. In case you have any queries regarding Fast Startup, then please comment below.

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