Windows 10 Fast Boot a Source for Many Desktop Booting Freezes


Microsoft may recommend Fast Boot but it has been source for many freezes to my Windows 10 desktop

If you have Windows 10 on your computer, chances are you have seen your computer crash, freeze, hang or have some other undesirable behavior especially after performing feature updates.  I have seen my computer refuse to boot into the Windows desktop after the Anniversary Update released in 2016 after several attempts. This freezing phenomena again occurred just recently after receiving the Creators Update released in the Fall of 2017.   The reason?  Fast Boot (which Microsoft apparently recommends) was automatically enabled after the feature update (I had disabled it before).   (And in case you are wondering, I have seen this freezing issue related to the Fast Boot enabled on at least three separate computers.  Why Microsoft doesn’t address this issue I do not know. )

So, if you are able to get to your desktop or your computer hasn’t been frozen entering the desktop, the first thing I recommend is to disable the Fast Boot feature ASAP which is found under Power Options.  (Note:  If you know your Fast Boot option is enabled and you have never had any issues with booting into the Windows 10 desktop, by all means feel free to leave it on!)

Disabling Fast Boot in Windows 10

1. Navigate to Power & Sleep Settings in Windows 10.  (Type in Power in the search bar or icon located at the on the taskbar at the bottom on your desktop.)

2.Click on Additional Power Settings (Usually located to the right or towards the bottom of the Settings window under Related Settings)


3. In the Settings window that opens, click on Choose What the Power Buttons Do option located to the left of the Power Options window.  (Note: this will be part of the Power options found in Control Panel)


4. The window System Settings will open.  Four check boxes will be listed with the Fast Boot options listed first.  Usually it is grayed out and the box has been already checked.  To uncheck it, simply click on Change the settings that are currently unavailable.


5. Uncheck Turn On Fast Boot (Recommended)

6. Save the changes.  That’s it! Making sure this little hidden nugget from Microsoft is unchecked has fixed a lot of startup problems on my computers.  Hope it can help you.


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Dead on Arrival: Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Freeze



Update:  Now that it has been nearly one and a half years since the public release of Windows 10 I will say it is my opinion and from experience many bugs (including in the anniversary update)  have been removed from or fixed in the operating system.  At this time since  using Windows 10 for nearly the same amount of time,  I can finally recommend it to you.  ______________________

So the other day I downloaded Microsoft’s newest update for Windows 10 dubbed the Anniversary update (version 1607).  After about 90 minutes for the download and install all seemed going well.  My computer restarted a couple times and then I saw it.  A fresh desktop.

The mistake was when I turned off my computer.  When I turned it back on the next day, I saw a black screen with a windows logo frozen on my screen.   The computer appeared in operable.  Figuring this was a fluke, I shut down the computer again and restarted it and after a slower than usual boot-up time,  the desktop reappeared!

Later I restarted the computer and the same scenario complete with frozen window logo over black screen repeated itself.   This time I did a disk check which reported no errors on my system.   Instead of messing with a  broken half working computer system I decided to revert back to my previous build of windows (build 1511)—a time when my system worked fine.

My question is, why does Microsoft allow an update to be released that isn’t reliable?    I read online about how they released an update “fix” to fix the update freezing issue.  The trouble is, the Anniversary update I downloaded supposedly included that latest “fix”!

Should you get the Anniversary update to Windows 10?

The short answer is no.   In my opinion it’s simply not ready.  Of course you could always try it and than do what I did and revert back to your previous version of Windows if it doesn’t work.   But I wouldn’t recommend that in case something worse happens to your computer.   And despite what Microsoft may say, the Anniversary update needs to be proven reliable before I will try it again.  However, what I did see of the latest update to Windows 10 seemed promising, even as short lived as it may have been on my machine.


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