Windows 10 may have divided opinion, but if your PC or laptop has it, there are plenty of features to like. Here are just 10. One of the default features is Fast Startup, and here’s how to turn it on or off.

  1. 1 – Head to the Control Panel and click on Power Options
  2. 2 – Click the link of the left-hand side ‘Choose what the power buttons do
  3. 3 – Click the ‘Change settings currently unavailable’ link
  4. 4 – Tick the ‘Turn on fast start-up’ box under Shut-down settings

If you run into issues, here’s some extra information which should help.

Fast Startup is linked to hibernation, and so it’s more of a laptop feature than PC. It means you might not find it on your PC, and you certainly won’t if yours has InstantGo (previously called ‘Connected Standby’ in Windows 8).

How to turn on or off Fast Startup in Windows 10

By default Fast Startup is enabled in Windows 10, so you shouldn’t have to do anything if you were planning on enabling it.

How to turn on or off Fast Startup in Windows 10

If you can’t see Turn on fast start-up under Shut-down settings in the Control Panel, it could be because hibernation is disabled for some reason.

The quickest way to enable it is to right-click on the Start button and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu that appears.

How to turn on or off Fast Startup in Windows 10

Now type powercfg –h on and press Return – or Enter.

In case you’re wondering, Fast Startup is a bit like Windows 8’s Hybrid Sleep, except that it enables Windows 10 machines to start faster after being shut down, rather than put in sleep mode. When you turn off your PC or laptop, Windows 10 saves the current state to the hibernation file, and reads this when you turn it back on.

And that explains how you can carry on where you left off even if you choose shut down instead of sleep in Windows 10.

Here are some more quick fixes for common problems with Windows 10.