How to disable or enable Hybrid Boot/Fast Startup in Windows 10

Windows started booting up a lot faster since Windows 8. Thanks to the Hybrid Boot feature that changed the way Windows used to shutdown and restart. That said, if, for any reason, you want to switch to non-hybrid mode to shutdown or restart Windows instead of Fast Boot, here is how to disable or enable Hybrid Boot in Windows 10. It was also called Fast Startup.

What is Hybrid Boot in Windows 10? How does it work?

Let us now understand why you should not opt for this exemplary behavior. If you have already used Windows 8 a bit, you know how fast it boots, compared to Windows 7. Its because in Hybrid Boot, Windows does not shutdown kernel when the machine shutdowns. What is closed is the user sessions, i.e., any application, files, etc. As most of the time is spent bringing the kernel or the Windows Core up, Hybrid mode makes sure the boot experience is as good as getting up from sleep mode.

You can compare this with Hibernation, where both the state of Windows and User State is frozen to state, and it boots up very fast, but here, the only kernel is hibernated, and since user session doesn’t take much time, everything is fast here.

The most probably moment you are going to use this will be when you find your computer slow or something, for that I would suggest you either refresh or reset your computer. Refresh will fix any corrupt files, bring settings to default, whereas the reset will remove all your data and take you the day when windows were first installed on your computer. Read more on how to do this.

Disable or Enable Hybrid Boot/Fast Startup in Windows 10

The reason why Windows is now 30-65% faster is that it did not put Kernel to permanent shutdown. It preserved its stage and restored it from there. If you have a UEFI system, the boot will be even faster. Let’s learn how to configure Faster Startup or Hybrid Boot.

There are three ways to do this. The last two option should only be if the first is blocked for any reason.

  1. Power Options
  2. Registry Changes
  3. Group Policy

1] Using Power Options

Turn of Faster Startup in Windows 8

  • Open Power Plan settings by going to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options. Copy-paste this in Run prompt and hit the Enter key.
  • On the left-hand sidebar choose either these options:
    • Choose What the power buttons do
    • Choose what closing the lid does.
  • Click on the link which says, “Change Settings that are currently unavailable.” You will need administrator privilege to change.
  • Next Scroll down to find the “Shutdown Settings” section.
  • To disable fast startup or hybrid boot, uncheck the box next to —Turn on fast startup. To enable, check the box.
  • Click on Save changes button and exit.

Next time when you reboot your computer, it will take loads of time, which I experienced personally. The complete shutdown took like 7 to 8 minutes though restart was a bit okay but still slow.  Though it says restart behavior is not affected, I did find a bit of slowness.

2] Registry Changes to enable or disable Fast Startup

Enable Disable HybirdBoot State in Windows 10

  • Create a Restore Point.
  • Type regedit in the Run prompt, and hit Enter key
  • In the registry editor, navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power
  • Check if there is a key with the name HiberbootEnabled. If yes, skip the next step.
  • On the right-hand pane, right-click in space, and create a DWORD. Name it “HiberbootEnabled.”
  • Double click on it to edit it. Enter 0 or 1 in the value section
    • 0 = Do not Force Hybrid Boot
    • 1 = Force Hybrid Boot
  • Click ok and exit. Next time you restart, you will know if those changes made any effect.

3] Group Policy changes to disable or enable Hybrid Boot or Fast Startup

  • Type gpedit.msc in the Run Prompt, and hit Enter key
  • Then navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Shutdown
  • Locate the policy with name Require use of fast startup, and double click to edit it.
  • Enable to turn on Fast Startup or Hybrid mode, Disable to turn it off.
  • Apply, exit, and then restart to see if the changes applied.

I hope the tutorial was easy to follow, and you were able to disable or enable Fast Startup aka Hybrid Boot in Windows 10 and Windows 8.

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