Sometimes, it’s a good idea to turn off the Fast Startup feature, especially on computers with two operating systems (dual boot) or when facing unexpected driver issues. In this brief guide, I’ll explain how to disable fast startup in Windows 10.
Disable fast startup in Windows 10 via the command line
If you want to disable fast startup in hybrid mode, you must do it with administrative privileges. The quickest way to access the command prompt in Windows 10 with admin rights is by using the keyboard shortcut Win + X. From there, you can choose “Command Prompt (Administrator).” You can also achieve the same thing using Windows Powershell with admin rights.
By entering and confirming the command
powercfg /hibernate off Fast start can now be switched off.
Other useful commands related to the quick start are:
powercfg /hibernate on
powercfg /hibernate /type reduced
powercfg /hibernate /type full
Disable fast startup via registry
If you want to disable hybrid mode via the Windows registry, you will find the appropriate entry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPower. There the value is “HibernateEnabled‘ adjust accordingly.
- 0 = Fast startup disabled
- 1= Fast start enabled
Customizing the registry key can also be easily distributed to selected computers in the domain via group policy management. This allows you to ensure that certain computers do not use the quick start and saves you the time for manual customization per client.