6 Risks Enabling Fast Startup Mode on Windows 10

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6 Risks Enabling Fast Startup Mode on Windows 10 – After you read this article, you are expected to understand 6 Risks Enabling fast startup mode in windows 10.

Fast Startup Mode in Windows 10 works similar to hybrid sleep mode on previous versions of windows. With this mode laptop / computer with windows 10  operating system can start up quickly by storing the state of the operating system on a file called hibernation file.

Fast Startup Mode in Windows 10 will be enabled by default on the windows installation process on most laptop / computer. However, fast startup mode in Windows 10 does not always work perfectly.

What happens during shutdown when fast startup mode is enabled?

6 Risks Enabling Fast Startup Mode on Windows 10
6 Risks Enabling Fast Startup Mode on Windows 10

Fast startup mode combines cold shutdown and hibernates features in Windows 10.

When you shut down on a laptop/computer with fast startup mode, windows will close all open applications and log off all logged users, just like normal cold shutdown.

Windows will signal the drivers that support it at startup to get ready for hibernation, then windows will store the system condition on a file called hibernation file, then after that windows will turn off perfectly.

Windows will give a signal to drivers that support it at startup for getting ready doing hibernation, then windows will save the system conditions at a storage file that is called with the hibernation file, and then after that Windows will turns off perfectly.

When you turn on your laptop/computer again, windows does not have to reload the kernel, driver, and system one by one. However, windows will load the image (not image = image, the image in computer science is a replica short) on the RAM of the hibernation file that was created in the previous process, and deliver you on the login screen. In this way, windows can cut the startup time (If you notice, this is exactly the way the cache works in the browser).

Fast startup mode process is different from hibernation feature. When the computer/laptop goes into hibernation mode, this mode will also save the condition of open folder/application, and also user login.

Features hibernation mode, highly recommended if you want your laptop/computer in the exact same condition when the computer/laptop is turned off.

Fast startup mode, offering fresh windows when at the start, but faster than a regular startup.

Why do we need to turn off the fast startup mode on windows 10?

Why do we need to turn off the fast startup mode on windows 10?

After reading what happens during shutdown when fast startup mode on windows 10 is turned on, it sounds very good, but fast startup mode on windows 10 has potential to cause problems :

  • When windows are in fast startup mode, windows does not perform regular shutdowns as usual. Often, when system updates are done windows need to be shut down. Because of fast startup mode, you may not be able to implement system updates and shut down your laptop/computer. Restart also not useful, to update your system need to do a cold shutdown and restart the system.

  • Fast startup mode may interfere with the disk image encryption process, for example, applications that use encryption feature are TrueCrypt ever reported to be interrupted when fast startup mode is enabled (I personally never use this app).

  • Systems that do not support hibernation features will not support fast startup mode as well. Some devices are also not friendly with hibernation features. To find out which device is not friendly with hibernation, you have to experiment to check the device (Based on experience , I have never experienced this)

  • When you shutdown with fast startup mode enabled, windows will lock the windows hard disk. You can not access the hard disk from other operating systems. If you are doing dual-boot configuration, this will be problematic. If you boot into another operating system and replace anything on the hard drive partition for windows that are in fast startup mode/hibernation mode then it can cause data corruption. Fast startup mode on windows 10 or hibernation mode is highly discouraged for dual-boot users. I personally use a dual-boot configuration for linuxmint and windows. But in the process of using it, I do not touch the hard drive partition on windows, so this is safe.

  • Depending on the system you are using, it is possible to enable fast startup in Windows 10 will cause you to not access BIOS / UEFI settings. When the laptop/computer is in hibernation condition, the laptop/computer is not fully dead. Some BIOS / UEFI versions work with hibernation mode, so make sure you turn off fast startup mode if you can not access the BIOS / UEFI settings. Just a trick, you can restart to enter BIOS / UEFI if your system does not support entering BIOS / UEFI settings when enabling fast startup mode. This happens because the restart always turns off the system in full (full shutdown).

  • In some cases, fast startup mode on windows 10 can cause a bluescreen


That’s the article about 6 Risks Enabling Fast Startup Mode in Windows 10, hopefully with this article you can better understand the need to enable / disable fast startup mode based on 6 Risks Enabling Fast Startup Mode in Windows 10.

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