How to Turn on Fast Startup in Windows 10

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Introduction

The fast startup feature is built to put your computer in a mode similar to hibernation. The difference is that instead of saving your open programs and files, your computer is fully shut down. However, the Windows kernel is loaded and a session is ready to go, so the next time you turn your Windows computer on it will boot up quickly. While this feature is enabled on most Windows 10 computers that support it by default, you can easily check to make sure. 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 On 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 shown.
  2. Enter “powercgf.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 shown on the right side of the screen. The options in the Shutdown Settings are likely not clickable.
  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 place a check mark next to “Turn On Fast Startup” and then click “Save Changes.” Fast startup will now be enabled on your computer going forward.
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