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Fast Startup - Force Use by All Users in Windows 8


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Fast Startup - Force Use by All Users in Windows 8
This will show you how to force the use of fast startup to always be turned on for all users and ignore local setting in Windows 8 and 8.1.
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How to Force Fast Startup to Always be Turned On in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This will show you how to force the use of fast startup to always be turned on for all users and ignore local setting in Windows 8 and 8.1.
How to Force "Fast Startup" to Always be Turned On in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
Fast Startup (aka: hybrid boot or hybrid Shutdown) is a new feature in Windows 8 to help your PC start up faster after shutting down. When turned on, Windows 8 does this by using a hybrid shutdown (a partial hibernate) method that saves only the kernal session and device drivers (system information) to the hibernate (hiberfil.sys) file on disk instead of closing it when you shut down your PC. This also makes the hiberfil.sys file to be much smaller than what hibernate would use (often 4GB or more). When you start your PC again, Windows 8 uses that saved system information to resume your system instead of having to do a cold boot to fully restart it. Using this technique with boot gives a significant advantage for boot times, since reading the hiberfile in and reinitializing drivers is much faster on most systems (30-70% faster on most systems tested). If you have a motherboard with UEFI, then fast startup will be even faster.

This will show you how to force the use of fast startup to always be turned on for all users and ignore local setting in Windows 8. By default "fast startup" is turned on. This tutorial can force it to stay on and grays out the settings to be able to turn it off.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
If you shut down from the WIN+X menu in Windows 8.1, it will perform a full shut down even if you have Fast Startup turned on.

WIN+X.jpg


EXAMPLE: "Fast Startup" Set to Always be Turned On
Example.jpg







OPTION ONE
Enable or Disable "Fast Startup" Always On using a REG File Download


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

HiberbootEnabled DWORD

0 = Not Force Fast Startup
1 = Force Fast Startup


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Force "Fast Startup" to Always be Turned On
A) If you have not already, you will need to enable hibernate first.​
B) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Force_Fast_Startup_Always_On.reg
download
C) Go to step 4 below.​
3. To NOT Force "Fast Startup" to Always be Turned On
NOTE: This is the default setting. This setting allows fast startup to be able to be turned on or off at will.​
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.​
NOT_Force_Fast_Startup_Always_On.reg
download
B) Go to step 4 below.​
4. Save the .reg file to the desktop.​
5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.​
6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.​
7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​







OPTION TWO
Enable or Disable "Fast Startup" Always On in Local Group Policy Editor

NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.
1. From the Start screen, start typing gpedit.msc and press Enter when finished.​
NOTE: You could also press Windows+R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and click/tap on OK.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.​
3. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and open Shutdown. (see screenshot below)​
GPEDIT-1.jpg
4. In the right pane of Shutdown, double click/tap on Require use of fast startup. (see screenshot above)​
5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.​
6. To NOT Force "Fast Startup" to Always be Turned On
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7A)​
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting. This setting allows fast startup to be able to be turned on or off at will.​
7. To Force "Fast Startup" to Always be Turned On
A) If you have not already, you will need to enable hibernate first.​
B) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)​
GPEDIT-2.jpg
8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.​

That's it,
Shawn


 
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Very good tutorial Shawn.

I've already applied it since i'm on an older machine here with IDE drives.
I didn't know that Windows managed when this was on or off (but it's just like the pagefile managing if you think of it). Yes sometimes it's almost 15seconds boot and sometimes (normal mode I guess) about 40seconds.

Pretty impressive. Are there any known (maybe long term) side effects if this mode is "forced" to stay on?


Thanks a lot

Hopachi
 

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Hello Hopachi,

None, other than a faster startup. :)
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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As always, it's good to hear the good news. :)


Thanks

Hopachi
 

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    Windows 10 x64
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    Laptop
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    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
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You're welcome. :)
 

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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone