How to speedup Windows 10 booting with ‘Fast Startup’

Windows 10 is light-weight and fastest Windows ever released by Microsoft. If you have upgraded your Windows 8 or Windows 7 PC to Windows 10 you might have already sensed the speed with which your PC boots from BIOS screen to the Windows sign-in screen. That’s because Microsoft has optimized the user interface and background process to make it light-weight and fast.

Speedup Windows 10

Moreover, the biggest feature contributing to the Windows 10’s fast booting performance is the feature called ‘Fast Startup’. This feature is not entirely new, it appeared in Windows 8.1 too, and all this does is combine the hibernation technique in the shutdown process by writing the memory contents to hard disk cache, to make the startup time significantly fast, sometimes as much as 3 to 5 times faster. Of course this means there is slight increase in shutdown time because the RAM contents get transferred to hard disk, but who cares about shutdown time, at least you need not sit and watch the shutdown process, unlike the startup process.

By default setting, Windows 10 enables the Fast Startup automatically, but by chance if your PC is not booting fast, you may want to check the setting’s status.

Enable/Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

1. Type “Power Options” in the taskbar search box and click “Power Options” result.


Power Options

Power Options

2. Click ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.

System Settings

System Settings

3. Scroll down and ‘Turn on fast startup (recommended)’. Save the settings by clicking on ‘Save Changes’ button.

Fast Startup in Windows 10

Fast Startup in Windows 10

4. Now shutdown the PC and boot, you will see a big difference in boot times. Note that Fast Startup only woks for shutdown command and then start only, and not Restart command.

Did you see the difference? How much fast is your Windows 10 now?

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.