Windows 10: Turn On or Off Fast Startup in Windows 10
Thanks Shawn, that's good to know. I think as everything works absolutely fine I'll leave it on.
Why You Might Want to Disable Fast Startup
Fast Startup also has its problems, so you should take the following caveats into consideration before enabling it:
•When Fast Startup is enabled, your computer doesn’t perform a regular shut down. Since applying new system updates often requires a shutdown, you may not be able to apply updates and turn your computer off. Restart is unaffected, though, so it still performs a full cold shutdown and restart of your system. If a shutdown doesn’t apply your updates, a restart still will.
•Fast Startup can interfere slightly with encrypted disk images. Users of encryption programs like TrueCrypt have reported that encrypted drives they had mounted before shutting down their system were automatically remounted when starting back up. The solution for this is just to manually dismount your encrypted drives before shutting down, but it is something to be aware of. (This doesn’t affect the full disk encryption feature of TrueCrypt, just disk images. And BitLocker users shouldn’t be affected.)
•Systems that don’t support hibernation won’t support Fast Startup either. Some devices just don’t play well with hibernation. You’ll have to experiment with it to see whether your devices respond well or not.
•When you shut down a computer with Fast Startup enabled, Windows locks down the Windows hard disk. You won’t be able to access it from other operating systems if you have your computer configured to dual-boot. Even worse, if you boot into another OS and then access or change anything on the hard disk (or partition) that the hibernating Windows installation uses, it can cause corruption. If you’re dual booting, it’s best not to use Fast Startup or Hibernation at all.
•Depending on your system, you may not be able to access BIOS/UEFI settings when you shut down a computer with Fast Startup enabled. When a computer hibernates, it does not enter a fully powered down mode. Some versions of BIOS/UEFI work with a system in hibernation and some do not. If yours doesn’t, you can always restart the computer to access BIOS, since the restart cycle will still perform a full shutdown.
Good reply Mike, I also want to add, when I tried using it, some of my tiles stopped updating, mainly Mail & Calendar.
Also in your first point, where I highlighted, not just updates requiring restart, any files pending rename((changes). Unless you do a Restart once in awhile, so the OS can go off line, to make changes to files that are in use.
I have for many months had a problem with my Camera and switching off Fast Startup has cured the problem I had.
The camera did not work when I switched on the computer but if I then used RESTART the camera will work when it booted up.
I had considerable discussions with HP and they kept tellng me I did not have an up to date driver installed and they even installed a new driver for me but that did not work either. They eventually told me they were not responsible to support me as I bought the computer with Win 8.1. The computer is still under waranty.
Many thanks to you and this forum.
I'm glad it was able to help solpuerto.
If you turn on Fast Startup again, does the camera still work properly now?
Thank you again and have just tried what you asked and the Camera no longer works with Fast Start activated. I will obviously turn it off again.
I do not notice any difference in starting up either way.
I should say I have a desktop and laptop and not had a problem with them. The problem has been on a tablet and an HP 2 in 1. Do tablets have any link to the problem?
I did not know anything about Fast Start until I found your tutorial and wondered if that had any impact on what I was getting. Very glad it did.
I'm not certain if it's a tablet issue or just fast startup.
hi, on my computer if i disable fast startup the computer no longer shuts down, it's just stuck on the shutdown screen. i actually did a complete reinstall because of this, it worked briefly but now the issue is back again. any idea what is causing this?
Hello molnart, and welcome to Ten Forums.
Usually folks may have an issue with fast startup turned on instead. I'd recommend leaving it turned on if you're not having any issues with it turned on.
there are reasons why need to turn off fast startup, otherwise i am unable to mount my NTFS volumes in linux. and turning it on also doesnt solve the problem, since windows needs to fully shut down from time to time, e.g. when installing updates. so even with enabled fast startup my windows get stuck on the shutdown screen when updates are being installed. and with stuck i mean really stuck, not shutting down even after hours.
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