System Turn On or Off Fast Startup in Windows 11


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

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.

References:


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: Check if Fast Startup is Currently Enabled or Disabled in PowerShell
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Fast Startup in Control Panel
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Fast Startup using REG file
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Require Fast Startup in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Five: Enable or Disable Require Fast Startup using REG file




Option One

Check if Fast Startup is Currently On or Off in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

(GP "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power")."HiberbootEnabled"

3 Look to see what value is returned:
  • If "1" is returned, Fast Startup is turned on.
  • If "0" is returned, Fast Startup is turned off.

If hibernate is disabled, Fast Start will also be disabled even if it shows as turned on. Disabling hibernate overrides Fast Startup turned on.


Fast_Startup_status_command.png





Option Two

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 Three

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 Four

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 Five 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 Two and Option Three.


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 Two and Option Three.


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 Five

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 Two and Option Three.


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 Two and Option Three.


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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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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Hate this feature, it causes so many headaches and problems. Hopefully they remove it as its no longer necessary going forward.
 

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Hate this feature, it causes so many headaches and problems. Hopefully they remove it as its no longer necessary going forward.
Hate to necro post but have to agree. This has become such an issue for customers that I had to resort to making our own article on how to disable Fast Startup
 

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Hate to necro post but have to agree. This has become such an issue for customers that I had to resort to making our own article on how to disable Fast Startup
Really? Whenever I disable Hibernbation which therefore disables Fast Start Up my PC goes from starting up in 5-10 seconds to 1-2 minutes. It does this weird double boot where my keyboard lights up after about 30 seconds then goes dark and then comes back on again 1 minute later and finally gets to the ASUS logo which does 2 quick spins of a circle and then I'm at the Windows login screen.

Looking at the little LED code screen on the motherboard the numbers continualy increase in increments of 9 or 8 and sometimes turn to a code like C1 or A8. It seems like its doing a memory test or some other test or without fast start up the 2 External USB Drives an 8TB and a 14TB slow it down.
 

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Hi,
There's difference between Startup and Resume.
Fast start you never shutdown you resume from hibernation.
 

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This is really impressive 👍
I've completed my first assessment using WAC, and am trying to pinpoint delay in post on/off and shutdown.

Important to note I'm on a new SATA using native boot, had issues getting "2nd disk" as primary, which I fixed via winPE by making disk1 offline
The current build may have no pagefile, which may affect performance.

With the WAC there's an option to use a PSR backed profile, until using this I'd get stuck on 2nd initialization phase, on boot tracing. I wondered if there's issues with it trying to access stuck like hibernate or pagefile. It didn't help that when I terminated the trace-assessment session WU was installing stuff (that's another issue I've spent some time trying to sort, I think I messaged about that issue also).

So I'll check if fast boot / fast startup is on in BIOS, and if that matches what's reported.

⚠️My first attempt with PS (GP "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power")."HiberbootEnabled" fails, but if I remove the dot I can see that property exists, value 1
Am super rusty
with PS (and need to lookup bbcode again:), tried
(GP "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power") | Select-Object -Property Name 'HiberbootEnabled'
piping to gm I see
HiberbootEnabled NoteProperty int HiberbootEnabled=1
Any ideas why it's not working for me, or how to adjust?
Also, do you have recommendations on best pagefile config for native boot?
P2 on D0 houses the vhdx, currently disk i
`Disk 0 Online 931 GB 675 GB *`

```
Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 System 100 MB 1024 KB
Partition 2 Primary 256 GB 229 MB
```
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Timing trace1 (boot)
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relating to pagefile config, discussed here - NB I don't (yet: ) have the temp paging_file issue mentioned.

My current disk-part-mess
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c: is disk 2, @ [i:]\win11.vhdx
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"VRAM" paging
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