Good day and a Merry Christmas to everyone!
Lately there have been a good few holidays so not enough time to keep the flow of content high. I have a bigger script regarding automating Veeam Restores, and the testing of it, in the pipeline so better get ready for that one in 2020.
Today there will only be a very quick and basic one. How can we use CMD to remotely/GPO-wise turn off “Fast Start-up”?
Well, as seen above.... easily.
Most articles I have seen touching on this subject either explain how to do it manually through the Control Panel or through the local computer policies GUI.
This registry key is the only thing hiding behind all these options so why not change it at the root?
Easy to deploy to devices through monitoring-software and does its job when users on the device might not have access to the control panel or power options because of GPO.
Why would you want to turn it off?
To understand that, we have to look at how fast start-up works.
At shutdown (Not restart!) fast start-up forces Windows and all software that allow for hibernation-mode to save their state in a hibernation file.
At start-up it loads the file into the RAM allowing for a quick start of the device.
This comes with some issues (There are a few smaller issues, but they mostly are not worth mentioning):
- Not every device supports fast start-up
- Combining dual-boot with fast start-up can make it so that when you boot into a different OS, any changes to files on disk/partition can cause corruption
- Windows Updates don’t always take to well on using a fast start-up shutdown after having installed its updates and mostly cannot finish the installation until either fast start-up is off or an actual restart has taken place
Combined with the fact that fast start-up is not even that much faster on most devices makes me feel like most devices are better off without it
That is why I push this registry key to any device having issues with Windows Updates or weird start-up issues to make sure an ACTUAL full shutdown and start cycle will have taken place before looking at the issue further.
Here is to a good year behind us and for everyone to have a happy new year!
Categories: Registry, Windows, CMD, Workstation, Power settings, Script
Patrick Berger AKA Powershellder.
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