Say what, you mean to tell me that shutting down your computer won’t reset it and fix problems that are making your PC or Laptop run weird.
If you’re like me and have been around computers for a long time you learned in the early days that by shutting down your computer it would reset it. We did this to take care of any system problems that were making our computers act wackily.
In the old ways of Windows when you would power down your unit Windows would shut everything down (memory, drivers for your devices, etc.) and discard the running System. So when you start your unit back up it would start from scratch.
Well not anymore, that is if you’re running Windows 8 and later. Back when Windows made their big change from Windows 7 (this was a great Operating System at that time) to the not so great Windows 8 they added their “Fast Boot”, also known as “Hybrid Boot or Hybrid Shutdown”. And now it’s called the “Windows 10 Fast Startup”.
What the Fastboot Does:
Fast Startup combines the traditional hibernation mode with the old shutdown process. Now what will happen when you shut down your unit is Windows 10 will save the Windows Kernel to your disk (just like it would do when you put your unit into Hibernation). And at the same time, it will discard all of your open files and programs, just like it did before.
Now when you start your system back up, it will load the Kernel files that it saved on your disk and then the rest of the system files. Thus giving you a faster Boot.
OK, what is the Kernel, well it is a low-level core program resides at the heart of your Operating System and has full control over your drivers, among other things.
Upon boot up, it will be the first file that gets loaded with all your drivers that are used to interact with all of your devices.
This allows your system to startup faster because it will not have to reload all of the drives from scratch, which is one of the time-consuming parts of the Bootup process.
This is where the Problem Occurs:
So what if there were any corrupted drivers in the Kernel data that may have been affecting your System, and causing it to function weirdly? Well, as you can see Windows has saved the problem in the Kernel and it then loaded it back in on bootup, so your problem will still be there.
So if your system is running badly you will want to use the “Reset” instead of the “Shut down”. Windows will now perform a complete shutdown and discard the state of the Kernel giving you a fresh startup of the whole Operating System.
Can you do a complete power Shutdown?
Yes, if want to Power down your system and have it reset everything like we did in the old days, all you have to do is hold down the “Shift key” while clicking on the “Shut down” option.
There are other ways to do this like using the “Command Prompt” and entering “shutdown /s /f /t 0”, but why bother with all the extra steps when you can simply use the shift key while shutting down your unit.
The only benefit of using the command prompt method is that it will force all open programs to close, as whereas using the shift key method if you have any open programs you will be asked to shut them down.
Can you Permanently stop the Fast Startup?
Yes, if that is something you would like to do because maybe you have some older hardware that doesn’t respond so well to the Fast Startup and you are always stuck with choosing the “Restart” method.
To accomplish this you will need to go into your “Control Panel” > “Power Options” > “Choose What the Power Button Does”. Then click on the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” and under “Shutdown settings” uncheck “Turn on fast startup (recommended)”, don’t forget to “Save” the new settings.
Should you ever decide to enable it again just follow the same steps above and recheck the “Turn on Fast Startup” box.
As I don’t have any problems with the Fast Startup I plan on leaving it enabled because is nice to have my PC start up faster after shutting it down when I’m not using it for a few days.
And I can always use the “Shift key” > “Shutdown” method if I need to have a complete shutdown of my PC and Laptop.
My final thoughts:
For a while now I had been wondering why restarting my computer took longer to boot back up than when I used the shutdown method. After all, I am from the old school of shutting down a system to fix bugs. I starting using that method more often than the restart one anytime there was an update that required my system to be restarted.
And I do this just because at times I’m in too big a hurry to get nowhere fast! ? So this is where this article can to be, out of my curiosity as to why the shutting down method was faster that restarting.
Are you surprised as I was, or are you of the new school and already knew this?
I would love to hear your thoughts or question on this, so please let me know in the comment section below.