How to Turn Off Fast Startup in Windows 10

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Fast startup is a feature enabled by default on all Windows 10 computers. While the upside of a faster boot time is nice, there are some down sides. Because Microsoft achieves this by putting your Windows computer somewhere in a state between hibernation and fully powered off, this can cause hardware problems. Whether you’re experiencing hardware problems or you just want the comfort of knowing your Windows computer is completely shut down, it’s fairly easy to turn off Windows 10 quick startup. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.

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Steps to Turn Off Fast Startup in Windows 10

  1. Navigate to your Windows 10 home screen, and then press the “Windows” and “R” buttons at the same time. The Run dialog box is displayed.
  2. Enter “powercfg.cpl” in the Run dialog box, and then click “Enter.” The Power Options window is shown.
  3. Select “Choose what the power buttons do” in the menu on the left side of the screen. Associated options are displayed on the right side of the screen. Notice that the options in the Shutdown Settings are likely grayed out.
  4. Click “Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable” directly above the options. The items in the Shutdown Settings section will no longer be grayed out.
  5. Click to remove the check mark from “Turn On Fast Startup” and then click “Save Changes.” Fast startup will now be turned off on your computer going forward.

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