Are you Team Shutdown? Or team standby? If it’s the first, you may have accidentally punched for the other side all the time.
We’ve always been told that it’s better to shut down our PC completely when we’re done with it so that it can fully reload and refresh everything when we restart it. After all, if we use one of the best Windows laptops, it deserves to be treated well.
But thanks to a tucked-away setting in Windows that most of us leave turned on, shutting down our computers doesn’t really mean shutting them down the way we think they are. Rather, it just puts them into a state of hibernation.
Fortunately, it is very easy to disable this feature, also known as fast startup, whether you are using Windows 11 or still using Windows 10. Here’s how to do this.
Note: This guide and screenshots are based on Windows 11, although the process is the same for Windows 10.
Shut down a Windows PC completely
1. Enter the Control panel† The easiest way to do this is to Open the Home menu and type †Control panelthen click it when it appears.
2. Click Hardware and Sound†
3. below Power management† click Change what the power buttons do†
4. Click Change settings that are currently unavailablethat allows you to change the gray settings below.
5. The settings at the bottom should now be available to adjust. Next one, uncheck the box next Enable fast startup then click Saving Changes†
Remark: If this box is already unchecked, or if you don’t see it in the list, your computer doesn’t support this feature or it’s already disabled.
And, we’re done. It’s also worth noting that if you prefer to keep fast startup enabled, manually restarting your PC will still completely refresh your PC the same way a full shutdown would.
Now that you know how to properly shut down Windows, you might also like our guides on how to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or how to enable God Mode in Windows 11 or 10.