Windows 10 Quick Start: How to turn it on and off?

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Windows 10 Quick Start: How to turn it on and off?
Windows 10 Quick Start: How to turn it on and off?

Many users who once worked with Windows XP, remember that in this version of the system, in comparison with earlier modifications, a lot of innovations were introduced. One of these was the ability to create a quick launch bar for selected user programs. There was also a hibernation mode instead of sleep. Then some innovations disappeared. Further consideration is given to questions related to what is fast startup in Windows 10 in general, and how to turn it on or off (in several versions). But let's start with understanding the processes themselves related to quick start. There may be only two. And it is about them that we will talk.

Quick Startup in Windows 10: what is it?

Basically today, most users working with computer systems running the tenth version of Windows are under quick startunderstand only the exit from the hibernation mode. An obvious misconception! The fact is that in the “top ten” the ability to activate the quick start panel for programs was also returned, which was absent in system versions between XP and 10.

¬windows 10 quick start
¬windows 10 quick start

But what exactly is fast startup in Windows 10 in relation to hibernation? Without going into technical terms, these processes can be characterized as follows. When the computer is immersed in this mode, program data and the system kernel are written to a special hiberfil.sys file. When you exit this mode, the contents of this file are immediately transferred to RAM, which allows the system to "come to life" much faster than when using sleep, and all applications (and the system itself) are in the same working state in which they were on hibernation activation moment.

Why might I need to turn off quick start mode?

But why, then, in some cases, it may be necessary to disable the fast startup of Windows 10, if this mode has seemingly such undeniable advantages?

The point here is that when you wake up from hibernation, some drivers (most often the control software for graphics adapters) may not work correctly and cause conflicts at the system level, due to which the entire system freezes tightly. Sometimes this happens immediately after the exit, sometimes after a short period of time. It would seem that you can simply reinstall or update the driver package and the problem will disappear. However, as it showspractice, Windows 10 is such that such actions do not always help. In addition, when the accelerated start is deactivated, the difference in the time it takes to “bring the system to life” increases very slightly, and the user practically does not feel it.

quick launch bar in windows 10
quick launch bar in windows 10

If it comes to that, it's better not to use the standard driver update tools, but to install automated programs like Driver Booster. Perhaps this will give the desired result (absolutely all system drivers that need to carry out such procedures will be updated or reinstalled, and without much user participation in the installation or update process).

Deactivate quick launch

Now directly about how to disable fast startup in Windows 10. To do this, use the power section located in the "Control Panel" (the view must be switched to display icons, and the panel itself must be called with the control command in the "Run" console). On laptops, accessing these settings is much faster using the right-click menu on the battery icon in the system tray.

how to disable fast startup in windows 10
how to disable fast startup in windows 10

In the options window, first use the power button settings item, and then in the new window click on the hyperlink to configure settings that are currently unavailable.

enable fast startup windows 10
enable fast startup windows 10

After that, in the shutdown options section, you just need to uncheck the quicklaunch and save changes.

If the hibernation mode is never used, it can be turned off in principle by running the powercfg –h off command in the command console. In addition to deactivating hibernation, the hiberfil.sys file will be deleted from the hard disk, freeing up a substantial amount of disk space. After that, in the power section, it is advisable to check the sleep mode options so that when the battery is critically charged (for laptops), the option to switch to hibernation is not set.

Enabling quick start

Enable fast startup Windows 10, as is already clear, you can do the opposite in the same section. However, sometimes when entering the appropriate settings, the option may not be available (there is simply no such item).

disable fast startup windows 10
disable fast startup windows 10

In this situation, it is the disabled hibernation mode that can be called the cause (disabling was described above). Here again you will have to use the command line and write the above command in it, putting the parameter “on” (without quotes) instead of “off”, or run the powercfg /hibernate on command, after which the option will appear in the settings of the current power scheme.

Actions with the registry

In principle, fast startup of Windows 10 can be turned on or off by setting the values of the system registry keys, the editor of which is called through the "Run" menu with the regedit command.

Here you need to go through the HKLM branch, and then through the SYSTEM directory and control sections find the Power folder, which is located inSession Manager directory. On the right is the HiberbootEnabled option. The value of the parameter, set to zero, corresponds to disabled fast loading, one - enabled.

Windows 10 Quick Launch: Activation

Finally, let's see how to activate the corresponding panel, designed to quickly launch programs selected by the user.

quick start programs windows 10
quick start programs windows 10

First of all, through RMB on the free area of the "Taskbar" from the menu, select the section of panels, and then use the creation of a new panel. Next, you will be prompted to select a quick start folder.

¬windows 10 quick start
¬windows 10 quick start

In the folder name field, write the abbreviation shell:Quick Launch and press the select button. After that, the corresponding panel will appear on the right side of the "Taskbar" after the separator. In the RMB menu on the created panel, you must deactivate the item for pinning it and uncheck the lines for displaying the button for viewing tasks, search and signatures.

Panel setup

Now you can quickly launch programs in Windows 10 from the panel by dragging application icons to the panel, similar to how program shortcuts are added to the standard Taskbar. You can also add shortcuts to the created folder (usually, by default, it is located in the My Documents directory). After making all the necessary settings, the panel can be docked if you no longer need to move it or replace the elements present in it. How expedient its use, everyone decides for himself. Byby and large, a complete analogue of the usual "Taskbar" is created, only with a different location.

Instead of total

Summarizing, we can only note the fact that the deactivation of fast startup is required only if the system has problems with freezing when exiting hibernation mode. There is no fundamental difference in the time of "waking up". The user simply does not feel it. Increasing the space by deleting the file responsible for saving the settings can also be attributed to controversial issues. As for activating the quick launch of programs when creating an additional quick start panel, there is not much point here either. It may be required only in cases where all the application icons on the "Taskbar" do not fit, and will be hidden in the quick launch. Space saving is the only plus. So, whether to activate this panel or not, the user must decide for himself.

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