Windows 10’s “Fast Startup” feature may be the cause of extreme slowdowns/issues on your computer

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Windows 10 has a feature, called Fast Startup, that essentially keeps the Windows kernel, and drivers, in a sort of ‘hibernate’ mode, at all times (even if you completely power down your system, and unplug it/remove the battery). The pros of this are simple: your system will boot slightly faster (SSD boot times are negligible, however) into the Windows OS. However, updates, driver installations/removals, and other unforeseen modifications, can sometimes hang or get screwy, resulting in the issue being repeatedly loaded each time Windows 10 boots. This can cause massive system issues, including errors when loading folders in the explorer, and application launches. Furthermore, the responsiveness of Windows 10 can seem sluggish, even on a higher end system.

There is no harm in giving the disabling of this “feature” a try, just to see if it could possibly be the cause of your sluggish system. My experience was that disabling Fast Startup resulted in Windows 10 running as if it were a fresh install, fast and responsive. I’m not saying this is a magic fix-all pill, but it could alleviate issues for certain users.

Guide to enable/disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

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