November 2017 Tips - Windows 10 Fast Startup

Windows 10 Fast Startup
 

Fast startup (aka: hiberboot, hybrid boot, or hybrid shutdown) is turned on by default in Windows 10 and is a setting that helps your PC start up faster after shutdown.  Windows accomplishes this by saving an image of the Windows kernel and loaded drivers to the hiberfile (C:\hiberfil.sys) upon shutdown.  So when you start your PC again, Windows simply loads the hiberfile (C:\hiberfil.sys) into memory to resume your PC instead of actually restarting all of the system files and background services.
 
The Pros

 

Decreased startup times. With Fast Startup Enabled, Windows doesn’t have to reload the kernel drivers and system state individually, effectively refreshing the RAM with an image of the computer state from the hibernation file.

 

The Cons

 

Since the computer is not performing a regular shutdown, this can have effects on Windows updates, encrypted disk images, background services, etc.

 

Effects on In-Synch RMS

 

In-Synch RMS uses several background services during its normal functions.  With Fast Startup enabled, these background services may not be refreshed during a shutdown as they were in previous versions of Windows.  The most common issue experienced is the synchronization service (RMS DB Sync Service) not restarting properly with “Fast Startup” enabled.  The RMS DB Sync Service controls the database synchronization, therefore, if it is not responding or restarting properly, information will not be transferred to-and-from the local machine(s) and the RMS server.

 

If you are continually experiencing synchronization issues on the Windows 10 operating system, try disabling the “Fast Startup” option in Windows 10 by following the instructions below:

 

Tips:
Fast Startup only affects a complete computer shutdown and power on cycle and does not affect a simple restart.  If you do not wish to disable the Fast Startup option in Windows 10, selecting “Restart” will force the computer to load all system files and background services in a clean state.

 

Log off is not the same as shutdown/restart.  Log off simply logs your profile off of the computer but allows services to remain running in the background as the computer never actually turns off.

 

Disabling Fast Startup

 

1.  Type “Control Panel” into the search bar (A) and then select “Control Panel” from the search results (B).

 

2.  Select the “System and Security” category from within Control Panel.

 

3.  Under the Power Options section (A), select the “Change what the power buttons do” link (B).

 

4.  Select the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link from the System Settings window (A).

 

5.  Deselect the checkbox beside the “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” option.

 

6.  Select the “Save Changes” button (A).

 

7.  Exit the Control Panel by selecting the close button (A) at the top of the window.

 

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