Windows 10 Fast Startup dual boot [Best Practice]

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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  • Fast Startup is a feature designed to improve the time it takes for the PC to boot up.
  • Even if it is enabled by default on dual-boot Windows 10 computers, you may disable it by following the steps detailed below.
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Fast Startup dual boot

If you own a dual-boot Windows 10 computer, then you most likely know that the latest OS versions automatically enable Fast Startup.

In other words, Windows 10 versions will turn on Fast Startup although you disabled the respective setting. There are two main implications of this fact:

  • The Windows 10 Fast Startup feature prevents you from mounting your NTFS partitions in Linux. This means that you’ll need to reboot from Windows into Ubuntu.
  • If one of the two partitions is set to automount in /etc/fstab, you will get random black or purple screens after rebooting from Windows to Ubuntu. In this case, you can’t really do anything else but hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE.

Dual-boot system users really hate Microsoft’s strategy, but somehow got accustomed to it since new Windows 10 versions do tend to overwrite previous user settings:

They’re enabling it after every feature update. Infuriating as hell if you rely on Wake on LAN as intel drivers still don’t proberly wake when in the fast startup state.

How can I disable Windows 10 Fast Startup dual boot?

  1. Go to Start > type control panel > double click on the first result to launch Control Panel.
  2. Go to the Search box > type power > select Power Options.
    power settings control panel
  3. Go to Choose what the power buttons do > enter your administrator username and password if prompted.
  4. Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended) > Save changes.

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If you want to turn off Fast Startup on Windows 10 latest versions, you can use the Control Panel. Apply the above steps in that regard.

So, if you use a dual-boot computer, don’t forget to disable Fast Startup after you install the latest Windows 10 OS version.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows 10 Fast Startup

  • Why is the fast startup recommended?

Fast Startup is recommended since it is a reliable way to make your computer boot up faster from being shut down.

  • Should I turn off Fast Startup in Windows 10?

Since the Fast Startup feature prevents you from mounting your NTFS partitions in Linux, turning off Fast Startup with the help of this quick guide is a wise choice.

  • Does Windows 10 Fast Startup drain battery?

There are indeed a few implications of the Windows 10 Fast Startup, but none of them involves a power drain. Use the solutions from this detailed article to get rid of the issue.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • Does not work no “turn on fast startup” option. Option is missing newly installed 1803 Win 10 x64 Enterprise. HOW DISGUSTING OF MICROCRAP TO REWRITE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHUTDOWN MUST MEN SHUTDOWN, NOT HIBERNATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! USE KEY CALLED HIBERNATE NOT SHUTDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks to whoever was trying to help now EVERYONE GO TO MS FORUMS AND RAISE STINK. MAKE THEM EMBARRASSED AND DEMAND THEY RETURN TRUE SHUTDOWN BY DEFAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!