This article will introduce 3 easy ways to disable fast startup on Windows 11 devices. The Fast Startup feature can put your computer between shutdown and hibernation. That is, keeping essential operating system files on the hibernation drive reduces startup time because the computer doesn’t have to start these processes from scratch.
Although the quick start feature is handy. But it can also interfere with Windows updates, or cause BSOD errors. Therefore, it is also very necessary to know about disabling the fast startup feature.
Disable Fast Startup via Control Panel
Disable the Fast Startup feature through the Control Panel’s Power Options.
Open the Start menu, search for Control, and click the Control Panel tile.
Click the Power Options tile to continue.
Click the “Choose what features to close the lid does” option.
Click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” option (requires administrator privileges).
Uncheck the “Turn on fast startup” option. Click the “Save Changes” button.
Disable Fast Startup via Registry Editor
If you can’t disable the Fast Startup feature through Control Panel, you can try disabling Fast Startup using Registry Editor. Please back up your system before you start.
Open the start menu and search for the registry, click the “Registry Editor” tile.
A UAC window will appear on the screen. If you are not logged in with an administrator account, please enter a credential. Or click “Yes” button to continue.
Copy and paste the address below in the address bar and press Enter.
Double-click the “HiberbootEnabled” DWORD file.
Enter 0 in the value field and click the OK button.
Restart your computer and check if fast startup is disabled.
Disable Fast Startup via Group Policy Editor
If neither of the first two methods work, you can also disable Fast Startup using the Group Policy Editor. But Group Policy Editor is only available in Pro, Edu, and Enterprise editions of Windows.
Open the Start menu, search for Group Policy, and click Edit Group Policy.
Double-click the Computer Configuration option.
Double-click the “Administrative Templates” option to continue.
Double-click the System folder.
Double-click the Shutdown folder.
Click the “Require fast startup” setting.
Click the radio button in front of the Disabled option, click the Apply button, and click OK.
If Fast Startup is causing issues with Windows Update or Dual Boot, we recommend disabling Fast Startup on your Windows 11 device using the method above.