Windows 10 Quick Start how to activate it and advantages and disadvantages

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Windows 10 Quick Start how to activate it and advantages and disadvantages


Quick start in Windows 10 We explain what this function consists of how to activate it and its main advantages and disadvantages

The Quick Start is a feature that reached users with Windows 10 through which, when we turn off our computer, it turns on faster by leaving a copy of the kernel and other basic elements on the hard drive, such as a kind of hibernation only of theoperating system instead of classical hibernation in which all RAM is stored.The quick start of Windows 10 is activated by default in most of the new installations of Windows 10, both laptops and desktops, although it does not always work correctly, and is that many times, even if it is activated, it is not reallyworking correctly.In this article we will explain how it works, how to activate or deactivate it and the main advantages and disadvantages of this feature of Windows.How Quick Start, or Fast Boot, of Windows 10 worksNormally, when we turn off our computer, all the information in the RAM memory (both the operating system and the applications) that is stored in it is erased so that, when we press the power button again, everything is reloaded from scratch, from the BIOS to the Windows Kernel and all drivers.With the Windows 10 Quick Start , when we turn off the computer, the operating system closes all applications and all processes that are running, and closes our session.However, instead of discarding all the RAM information, Windows sends a message to the drivers that it will go into hibernation, copying part of the Kernel and the drivers to the hard drive .When we turn on the computer again, instead of loading the entire operating system from scratch, the hibernating system is loaded directly into memory, so we can reach the login screen in less than half the time than if WindowsI would have had to start from scratch.If we use a normal hard drive instead of an SSD, the time can be up to one tenth of the boot time.What is the difference between Hibernate and Windows 10 Quick Start?The first thing to keep in mind is that the hibernate function forces us to reserve 75% of the capacity of our RAM on the hard disk .If, for example, we have a computer with 32 GB of RAM, in order to use the hibernate function we will need a total of 24 GB reserved for this function.If we have 16 GB of RAM, then the hiberfil.sys file will occupy 12 GB on our hard drive.When we hibernate the PC, we are saving the current state of the computer as it is, that is, the operating system and all open applications and the data in memory.Thus, when we turn on the computer again, all this information is loaded as is in memory and we will have the equipment just as it was at the time of hibernation.Windows 10 Quick Start is a mix between a complete shutdown and hibernation .When we choose the option "Shut down" with this function activated, Windows closes all the applications that we have open, deletes all the information loaded in RAM and logs out of our PC.However, instead of eliminating the operating system, its Kernel and its memory drivers, these are stored on the hard disk so that, when you turn on the computer, you do not have to load all this from scratch, but we already havea Windows almost as freshly powered ready to go.How to enable (or disable) Windows 10 Quick StartIf we have installed Windows 10 from scratch , we most likely have this feature enabled.However, sIf we have updated from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, it is likely that, for compatibility reasons, it has been left disabled.

Anyway, from the power configuration of Windows 10 we can activate or deactivate this feature very easily with a couple of clicks; It is not necessary to change anything in the Windows registry or make complicated settings.

To do this, we simply open the Control Panel of our Windows 10 and move to the section "Hardware and sound> Power options" . Here we will click on “ Choose the behavior of the Start / Shutdown buttons “.

We can see a new Windows configuration menu where, as your name indicates, we can configure the Windows startup and shutdown options. At the bottom of the window we can see a section called “ Shutdown Settings ” (which we must activate from the button to enable administrator permissions) where we will see several options.

The one that interests us is the one of “ Activate quick start” .

If we check this box, we will have the quick start enabled in Windows. If we do not want to use this function, it will be enough to disable this box and save the changes, nothing more.

Advantages and disadvantages of the Quick Start, Fast Boot, in Windows 10

Without a doubt, the main advantage of Windows 10 Quick Start is that our operating system starts much faster , as the name implies. Although the startup time of our computer depends directly on the hardware, especially if we use a hard disk, an SSD or an NVMe, starting from an average of 30 seconds to perform a clean boot, with the Windows 10 Quick Start our computer you can turn on, after a shutdown, in just 15 seconds, and even in less.

Another important advantage of the Fast Boot of Windows 10 is that it does not require as much reserved space as the Hibernate function, although when Windows starts we will have to load the applications from scratch instead of being already open.

However, not everything is good, and this function has a series of disadvantages that, depending on what we use the computer for, they can be quite annoying. The first of these inconveniences is that this function takes complete control over the hard disk when shutting down the computer. This means that we will not be able to access our hard drive from other operating systems (such as Linux) or use the Dual-Boot functions, and sometimes not even the BIOS / UEFI of the computer.

In addition, Quick Start usually causes problems with disk encryption tools , such as BitLocker.

Aspects to have in account when using the Windows 10 Quick Start

When we turn off and turn on the computer with this function activated, we must take into account that we are not doing clean shutdowns and starts, but that we are loading a Windows instance that, Over time, it may deteriorate, so the probability of having problems will be greater every time.

Therefore, if we use the Windows 10 Quick Start function it is advisable to perform once in a while a complete restart of the computer . Normally this is not usually a problem, since every time Windows updates are installed a complete system reboot is performed, but we must take it into account.

Similarly, when we install new programs, or make major changes In Windows, it is recommended to restart the computer instead of turning it off and turn it on again so that all these changes settle correctly.

Finally, indicate that if we use the Quick Start, but We do not plan to use the funIn hibernation, we can reduce the size of this file to just over 6 GB by simply executing the following command:

  • powercfg / h / type reduced

A significant reduction compared to what the full Windows hibernation file occupies, several gigabytes that we would be grateful for especially if we have SSD or NVMe drives on our computer.

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