System Turn On or Off Fast Startup in Windows 11

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There are three startup modes in Windows:
  • Cold (traditional)
  • Wake-from-hibernation
  • Fast
Starting with Windows 8.x, the default shutdown and restart scenario has been updated and named fast startup. Fast startup begins with the shutdown process and includes writing data to disk similar to the hibernate process. A key difference is that all user sessions (Session 1) are logged off and the remaining information is written to the hiberfile (C:\hiberfil.sys). When you boot the PC from this state, Windows loads the previously initialized state by reading from the hiberfile, instead of running the full cold boot process in which Windows, drivers, devices, and services are initialized. This method speeds up the process of initializing the lock or Start screen.

In addition, the use of hibernate technology has been expanded to create a new default startup and shutdown experience that is much faster than a full boot. For details, see the following diagram:

Diagram of the phases in fast startup and shutdown

Cold_HybridBoot.png


The faster startup and shutdown sequence uses the hibernate infrastructure to place the PC in hibernate. Unlike a full shutdown and boot, the user session is closed and a hibernate is performed. As a result, the hibernate file is much smaller, ensuring that the hibernate and resume process is faster. This sequence also takes advantage of the parallelization optimizations.

See also:

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off fast startup in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off fast startup.

Fast startup requires hibernate to be enabled. If you only want to use fast startup and don't plan on using hibernate, then you can specify the hiberfile type as reduced to significantly reduce the size of the hiberfile (C:\hiberfil.sys) to about half of its full size.


If you disable hibernate, it will also disable fast startup.



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Fast Startup in Control Panel
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Fast Startup using REG file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Require Fast Startup in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Require Fast Startup using REG file





OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Fast Startup in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Power Options icon.

2 Click/tap on the Choose what the power buttons do link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

Fast_startup_system_settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link at the top. (see screenshot below)

Fast_startup_system_settings-2.png

4 Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Turn on fast startup for what you want, and click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshot below)

If the Turn on fast startup setting is missing, then you will need to enable hibernate.


Fast_startup_system_settings-3.png

5 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.





OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Fast Startup using REG file


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Turn On Fast Startup

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_on_fast_startup.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power]
"HiberbootEnabled"=dword:00000001

3 To Turn Off Fast Startup

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_off_fast_startup.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power]
"HiberbootEnabled"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





OPTION THREE

Enable or Disable Require Fast Startup in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Four below instead for the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Shutdown

Fast_startup_system_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Shutdown in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Require use of fast startup policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you want.


5 Enable Require Fast Startup

This will override and prevent using Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7.​

Fast_startup_system_gpedit-3.png


6 Disable Require Fast Startup

This is the default setting to allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Fast_startup_system_gpedit-2.png


7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.





OPTION FOUR

Enable or Disable Require Fast Startup using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Enable Require Fast Startup

This will override and prevent using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_require_fast_startup.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"HiberbootEnabled"=dword:00000001


 3. Disable Require Fast Startup

This is the default setting to allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Default_disable_require_fast_startup.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"HiberbootEnabled"=-

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Colif

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Hope they add it a way to get to it via Power options like there is in 10.
It was first thing i checked when upgrading to 11, had it turned it on.

I wonder how many more versions of windows will get this as its not overly useful on ssd or faster.
 

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Hi,
Nice added :cool:
 

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