“Turn on fast startup” option missing in Windows 11/10

Fast Startup is a feature in Windows 8/10/11 that speeds up the boot process significantly. With the Fast Startup feature enabled, when the user shuts down the computer, what happens under the hood is a hybrid shutdown sequence.

However, on some computers, the Fast Startup and Hibernate features will be missing. When you open Power Options in the classic Control Panel, the “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” option may be missing.

fast startup option missing

Additionally, the Hibernate option may be missing in the Start menu shutdown options.

hibernate option missing shutdown menu

Let’s see how to fix these issues.

[Fix] “Turn on Fast Startup” option missing

Fast Startup needs the hibernation feature to be enabled in order to work correctly. If the “Turn on Fast Startup” option is missing, follow these steps to restore it back:

  1. Open an admin Command Prompt window.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:
    powercfg /hibernate on

The Fast Startup option would now be restored under Control Panel → Power Options → “Choose what the power buttons do” applet.

Also, the Start menu shutdown/power option should list the Hibernate option now!

Note that if you use a generic or incompatible driver for your graphics card, the Hibernation feature will be disabled. This can be observed when clean installing Windows on some computers. So, make sure that the device drivers on your computer are up to date.

Additional Tip: If you want to disable hibernation (to conserve disk space on the system drive) without disabling the fast startup feature, you can set the hibernation mode to “reduced”. For more information, check out the article How to Disable Hibernation Without Disabling Fast Startup

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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