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FIX: Turn on Fast Startup Option Missing in Windows

Is the ‘Turn on fast startup’ missing on the Control Panel’s Power Options page? Follow these steps to get back missing Turn on fast Startup option.

Recently, I encountered a strange issue in one of my friend’s computers where the “Turn on fast startup option” is completely missing. Apparently, he turned off the fast startup feature due to some incompatibility issues with some of his installed programs. Ever since then, the “Turn on fast startup option” is completely missing. Since the option itself is missing, he can no longer enable it back. After some research, I learned that the problem is fairly common, and the option can go missing regardless of whether it is turned on or off.

Generally, the Fast Startup is turned on by default. Most modern laptops and desktops support this feature. As the option name suggests, it will improve the overall startup time of Windows. If needed, you can turn it off as and when needed. However, it is almost impossible for normal users to modify the fast startup option if the option itself is missing.

Thankfully, it is fairly easy to fix the missing “Turn off fast startup” option. All you have to do is turn on the hibernate option, and the fast startup option will appear again.

In this quick and straightforward guide, I will show you the steps to fix the missing Turn on Fast Startup option on a Windows computer.

Fix Missing Turn on Fast Startup Option

To get back the missing turn on the fast startup option, we have to turn on the Hibernate option. Once you do that, the Fast Startup option will be visible again. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search for “Command Prompt.”
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt result.
  4. Select the “Run as administrator” option.
  5. Click “Yes” in the UAC prompt.
  6. Type “powercfg /hibernate on” in the Command Prompt window.
  7. Press “Enter” to execute the typed command.
  8. Close the Command Prompt window.
  9. Restart the Windows computer.
  10. With that, the “Turn on Fast Startup” option is available again.

First, we need to open the Command Prompt with admin rights. To do that, open the Start menu, search for “Command Prompt,” right-click on the result and select the “Run as administrator” option.

open cmd as admin

As soon as you select the option, you will see a UAC (User Access Control) prompt. Click “Yes” to continue.

In the Command Prompt window, type “powercfg /hibernate on” and press Enter.

hibernate command

As soon as you press the Enter button, the command is executed, and the hibernate feature is turned on. If you go to the “Choose what power buttons do” page, you will see that the “Turn on Fast Startup” option is available again.

fix missing turn on fast startup option

That is all. It is that simple to fix the missing “Turn on fast startup” option in the Control Panel’s Power Options page in Windows. You can now enable or disable the fast startup option as required.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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