How to enable or fix missing fast startup option on Windows 11

Windows Fast Startup Option

Fast Startup is a feature in Windows 11 that speeds up the Windows startup process. It combines the hibernation and shutdown power techniques to start up a device more quickly than a normal startup process. The feature was available in earlier versions of Windows. If you want to know about other ways to reduce boot time when restarting your system after a system shutdown, here is a very detailed guide: Enable or disable startup programs: How to view or change programs that run on startup.

Fast Startup functions in a manner similar to that of Windows’ “Hibernate” feature. But unlike hibernation, which saves the active session in memory to the hard drive so you can pick up right where you left off, fast startup signs you out of all accounts before saving the memory to the drive. This method allows the system to start more quickly since several services and programs are just resumed from the previous session.

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Normally, every installation has the faster start-up mode turned on by default. But if you have trouble booting, you might need to turn this option off and then back on to fix the problem. Depending on the circumstances, you could even need to completely disable fast startup.

This guide will show you how to activate (or deactivate) quick startup on Windows 11.

How to enable fast startup on Windows 11

Follow these steps to enable fast startup in Windows 11:

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu, search for Control Panel, and select the best match.

Opening the Control Panel from the Start menu

In the Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound.

Click on Hardware and Sound in the Control Panel

Under “Power Options,” select the “Change what the power buttons do” option.

Select Power Options

Click “Change settings that are currently unavailable” and enter your UAC information if asked to make the “Turn on fast startup” option available.

Power options settings

Check the “Turn on fast startup” option under the “Shutdown settings” section and click the Save changes button.

Turn on fast startup

When you finish the steps, the device should boot up more quickly.

How to fix fast startup option missing

If there is no option to turn on fast startup in the Control Panel, hibernation is likely disabled. Follow these steps to enable Hibernate:

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu, search for Command Prompt and Run as administrator.

Type the following command and press Enter to see if “Fast Startup” is displayed in the output:

powercfg /availablesleepstates
Power option available sleep states

To enable hibernation, type the following command and press Enter: 

powercfg /hibernate on
Enable hibernation

Once you’ve done all of the steps, you can go back to the Power Options settings to turn on “Fast Startup.”

I hope you find this post helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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