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How To Enable Fast Startup In Windows 10

Windows 10 is supposed to be faster than its predecessors and it’s also supposed to run better on older hardware. The OS is meant to be less demanding in terms of hardware requirements but if you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you know that it is all it promised to be in terms of speed. Perhaps this has to do with the many bugs that still need fixing but if Windows 10 is exceptionally slow to start, there is a little setting that will allow you to speed up the boot process.

The setting is accessed via the power plan options window in the Control Panel app. The fastest way to get to the app is to right-click the battery icon in the system tray and select ‘Power Options’.


In the Power Options section in Control Panel, click the ‘Choose what the power button does’ option on the left.


On the next screen, scroll down to the ‘Shutdown settings’ and enable the ‘Turn on fast startup’ option. If the option is greyed out/inactive, look for the ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’ option and click it. You will then be able to edit the Shutdown settings.


This will help reduce the time it takes for Windows 10 to boot. If you’re still experiencing slow system startup, you might want to use the Task manager to find out which programs are slowing the system start up down, and disable them. It’s worth mentioning that this setting, while effective in getting Windows 10 to boot faster, isn’t a one-stop solution. There might be apps and processes slowing your system down that it cannot speed up.


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