The boot time in Windows has been steadily improving since XP’s release. With Windows 10, it isn’t particularly slow, but since the update is such a significant one you can’t help but wonder if there is any way to load your copy of the OS quicker. A week back we covered the method to make the Start menu load quicker. There is a similar method that works on reducing the boot time of Windows 10. Fast Startup is a Windows 10 feature, which brings an entirely new method of Windows booting to the mix. Every time you restart your system, Fast Startup will make sure Windows does not have to load everything from scratch. The best part is that your battery life or any other system resource won’t be impacted negatively.
You can think of Fast Startup as a re-imagined Hibernate mode. In simple terms, if this particular feature is enabled, every time Windows is shut down the system image is stored by the computer in its entirety. If Windows 10 is shut down, all elements are dumped into the RAM. So, now that we have explained in broad terms what Fast Startup is all about, here is how you can enable it.
Enabling Fast Startup in Windows 10
- Go to ‘Control Panel’ using the search option in the Start menu, or going to the menu directly.
- Click the ‘Hardware and Sound’ entry, which is admittedly a weird place to house the Fast Startup checkbox.
- The next step is to access ‘System Settings’ under the ‘Power Options’ menu.
- Under the ‘Shutdown settings’ area of the menu, the ‘Turn on fast startup’ option is listed at the top. Just enable it. If you have performed a fresh install of Windows 10, the feature should be enabled by default, but users updating from previous OS version need to do this manually.
- Save your changes and quit the Control Panel.
Fast Startup is the kind of feature that you should just keep enabled even if you are not particularly concerned about the boot time of your machine. Such seemingly minor improvements add up to the overall user experience, without having any negative impact on the OS’ performance.