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The setting we’ll be enabled is called Fast Startup, and it’s quite easy to turn on. Click on the Start button and type “Power Options.” Click the option labeled Choose what the power buttons do. On the bottom of the screen make sure check box labeled Turn on fast start-up is ticked. Click Save changes, and that’s it!

Did turning this option on speed up your computer’s start time? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. John L. Galt
    October 12, 2016 at 12:03 am

    The biggest problem with this is that it is not compatible with all systems. On some systems running Windows 10, particularly older BIOS based systems, enabling Fast Start leads to a bug where the system reboots instead of shutting down properly.

  2. Kensta
    October 10, 2016 at 12:34 am

    It will increase boot time at the cost of overtime performance degradation. I've noticed that a few weeks after enabling fast startup that my PC games started to load slower and suffer from serious ingame lagspikes. I turned off fast startup and restarted, and the games are back to being smooth.

    There's a real tradeoff between faster boot time and overtime performance.

  3. Larry C. Sessions
    June 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I'm with Bob and Johnny. I do not have it at all, nor is there anyplace to type it when I click the start button. I get to power options through the Control Panel.

  4. Colin
    June 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Is there a way to speed up the Win 8 and 10 desktop loading? I find that with Win 7 the desktop loads immediately after password, but on Win 8 and 10 the process takes as long as booting up. Have fast-boot turned off because of multi-boot issues with it on.

  5. aaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    March 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

    This setting is enabled by default.

  6. Larry
    February 23, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Also if you use this option then "Auto Startup" thru the BIOS will no longer function...

  7. GodSponge (EB)
    February 23, 2016 at 4:32 am

    I have hibernate disabled to save space and this option doesn't even show up.

    • John L. Galt
      October 12, 2016 at 12:05 am

      I have hibernation disabled as well but it shows up on my system. After every new Insider Preview build for the last several, I have to go back and disable it again.

  8. robhp
    February 22, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I too would like to know exactly what happens behind the scenes, so I can judge whether to use it.

    PS I like to keep things simple, plus I hate things running in the background, and perhaps squirreling stuff away some where.

    Control Freak,

  9. Bob
    February 22, 2016 at 8:10 am

    This option is not available on my Windows 10 Home system. ANy suggestions why?

    • Gordon Hay
      February 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      If the option is greyed-out you need to click on "Change settings that are currently unavailable" (near the top of the window, admin privileges required) first, instructions that really should have been included in this article.

      • Johnny
        June 5, 2016 at 6:31 am

        The option isn't greyed out. It isn't there at all. Sleep and Lock are the only two check boxes even listed

    • Howard Blair
      February 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Windows 8 and higher enabled Fast Boot, which, on shutdown, closes all user process, then saves everything to a "hibernate" file so when Windows starts the next time, the saved state is loaded, which is faster.
      It's like having one big file that loads Windows, instead of loading every Windows file one-by-one, then running each process's initialization.

      • John L. Galt
        October 12, 2016 at 12:05 am

        That might explain why it causes a reboot on certain systems, then - those that have hibernation disabled.

        • Doc
          October 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

          If you disable Hibernation, Fast Boot simply isn't available, and Windows will load the "old fashioned" way, one file at a time (which is what "Restart" does, rather than a shut down/fast boot); also, Windows needs to reload after any Windows Update the old fashioned way, as well, in order to load the changed operating system files.
          I don't know of any reports of Fast Boot causing a "reboot," unless there's a faulty BIOS screwing up Hibernate.

  10. Alan
    February 22, 2016 at 7:56 am

    You forgot to mention that you need Hibernate activated for this to work otherwise the option for Fast Boot will not be availlble plus it needs 75% of your RAM size in hard drive space.

    • John L. Galt
      October 12, 2016 at 12:06 am

      I have hibernation disabled and the last 3 Insider Preview builds have enabled it by default. It causes shut down to fail since hibernation is disabled, and reboots the computer when selecting shut down....

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