How to Disable Fast Startup in Windows 11: A Step-by-Step Guide

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How to Disable Fast Startup in Windows 11

Fast Startup is a feature in Windows 11 that helps your computer start faster after shutdown. However, sometimes you might want to disable it to troubleshoot boot issues or to perform a full system shutdown. In this article, I, Tracy, will take you through a step-by-step process on how to disable fast startup in Windows 11.

Understanding Fast Startup

Before we dive into disabling the feature, it’s important to understand what Fast Startup does. Fast Startup is a hybrid of a traditional shutdown and hibernation. It saves the state of the operating system to a hibernation file upon shutdown, which allows for a faster start when you power your computer back on. While beneficial for many users, it can cause issues for others, particularly when dual-booting with other operating systems or when accessing BIOS settings.

Steps to Disable Fast Startup

Disabling Fast Startup in Windows 11 is straightforward. Follow the steps below:

Accessing Power Options

  1. Navigate to the Start menu and type Control Panel.
  2. Open the Control Panel and select Hardware and Sound.
  3. Click on Power Options.

Changing What the Power Buttons Do

  1. On the left side of the Power Options window, click on Choose what the power buttons do.
  2. If options are grayed out, you may need to click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.

Editing Shutdown Settings

  1. Under Shutdown settings, uncheck the box that says Turn on fast startup (recommended).
  2. Click Save changes and close the Control Panel.

After following these steps, your computer will perform a complete shutdown every time you turn it off, which can resolve specific issues or allow for booting into another operating system without interference.

Common User Questions (FAQ)

Will Disabling Fast Startup Affect My Computer’s Performance?

While your startup time may increase slightly, disabling Fast Startup shouldn’t significantly affect your computer’s overall performance. In fact, it may improve performance if Fast Startup is causing issues.

Do I Need to Disable Fast Startup if I’m Experiencing Boot Problems?

Disabling Fast Startup can be a helpful step in troubleshooting, as it ensures that your PC starts from a completely powered-down state.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you are unable to disable Fast Startup, ensure that you have administrator privileges on your Windows 11 account. In case the Fast Startup option is missing completely, your system may not support hibernation, which is a requirement for Fast Startup to function.


Disabling Fast Startup can be a useful troubleshooting step for those experiencing issues with Windows 11 booting or for users who need to access BIOS settings regularly. As a tech expert, I find that while the feature is helpful for quick boot times, it can sometimes obscure the root cause of startup problems. Feel free to revisit these settings once you’ve resolved your issues to benefit from quicker startups.