PSA: Win10 Feature Update v1709 Re-Enables “Fast Startup”

If you didn’t know, Windows 10 (by default) never truly shuts down your PC. Even on the “high performance” power plan, there is an additional setting somewhat hidden that makes it so that even when you you shut down your PC via the start menu or even the power button, it never truly shuts off. I can’t speak definitively to the effects on the components, but how would you like it if you never got any restful sleep? For the uninitiated, it’s just a checkbox. For those who are aware, if you installed the latest feature update, you’re going to need to go in and un-check it again. Why? Because M$ doesn’t want to hear your shit about boot times. Here’s how to get there:

Open up your power options. I’m not going to insult your intelligence by telling you how to get this far. Select the highlighted option above, and it will take you to…

…”System Settings”. Why they couldn’t call it that on the previous page is beyond me. The checkboxes are going to be grayed out so hit the highlighted link next to the UAC symbol, then un-check the fast startup box.

Out of all the things to force on end users, I’m baffled at why M$ chose this. There are about 11,000 other reasons boot times are slow and most of them are because the machine has not properly been restarted or shut down in forever. This is the equivalent of saying “my car sputters in 1st gear so I’m going to always stay in 2nd”. It’s dumb. Give your PC a break and clear the box, man.


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