[Fix] “Turn on fast startup” Disabled or Missing In Windows 8

Windows 8 comes with a fast startup option which utilizes improved methods for loading Windows 8 kernel and drivers from a cached file on the disk rather than loading it from scratch when you boot Windows computer. This way Windows 8 cuts down significantly on the boot time compared to previous versions of Windows. What it means for the user experience is quicker boot times and faster time to get-back-on which is something most users admire.

This feature is by default turned on in Windows 8 and does make Windows 8 boot much faster from power-off state, but in some cases, when there is some problem because of reasons like viruses, or whatever reasons, this feature may stop working. If the fast startup gets disabled in Windows 8, the reason behind the same maybe the settings in Windows power settings. In this article we will tell you how to turn on (or off) Windows 8 fast startup and how to fix the problem in which this feature gets disabled and you are not able to change its settings at all.

Please follow the simple steps below to turn on-off or fix the disabled options.

Step 1: Open Control Panel

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Step 2: Go to Power Options

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Step 3: On the left hand side pane, click on the option which says “Choose what the power buttons do”

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Step 4: Scroll down to Shutdown settings to turn-on or off the fast startup feature

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Step 5: Normally, the feature is grayed out, to change the feature, scroll to top of the same Window and click on option which says “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. This will enable the settings and will alloy you to turn-on or turn-off the settings for “Turn on fasts startup” in Windows 8.

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In case the first two options which are “Turn on fasts startup” and “Hibernate” options are altogether missing from the shutdown options, this means that the hibernate feature is disabled on your Windows 8 PC. To enable that, follow these two simple steps below:

Step 1: Locate  Command Prompt in apps, right clock on it and click on “Run as administrator

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Step 2: On the command prompt, type the following command and press enter”:

powercfg /hibernate on

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Close the control panel power settings window and open again and the missing options will be restored.


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We hope you find this quick tutorial useful, do share it with your friends. Check out some more Useful Tips and Tutorials on Windows 8.

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