If you use other operating systems on your PC (a dual boot with Linux or other Windows system) you will have noticed that you can not access the partitions of Windows 10 if the latter has been switched off with the Quick Start feature.

Since this is a real hibernation, all the disks and partitions associated with it will be “locked” until the next system start. If you want to access the partitions and disks used under Windows 10 with another operating system, you just have to disable Quick Start Windows 10.

In this guide I will show you all the methods you can use to disable Quick in Start Windows 10; the PC will be much slower to boot (even 10 times slower!), but the partitions will no longer be locked when shut down and will be accessible from other operating systems and to perform file recovery in the event of total shutdown of the operating system.

Disable Quick Start Windows 10

From the system settings

The easiest way to disable Quick Start Windows 10 is to use the built-in functionality within the classic Control Panel (eye not the new Settings menu you usually use in Windows 10).

To quickly search for the option, simply open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu….

Control panel search

… and bring you to the Hardware and Sound menu and click on the Change what the power button do in power options.

Hardware and sound settings

A new window will open, where you can change the PC power and sleep settings and disable Windows 10 Quick Start. Before making any changes, unlock the protected entries from the system by clicking on the item indicated by the red arrow in the image below.

Turn on advanced power settings

Now that all the entries are unlocked you can disable Quick Start Windows 10 by unchecking the item Activate Quick Start (recommended).

Turn off quick start

Click on the Save Changes button to make the changes effective. Now that you have seen how to disable Quick Start Windows 10 you just turn off the PC by clicking on the Shut Down button in the Start menu to get the final shutdown of Windows 10 without Quick Start.

To reactivate the quick start, just put the check mark in the Activate quick start option.

From command prompt

Another procedure to disable Quick Start Windows 10 involves disabling all the hibernation features on the operating system; with this procedure, the Activate Quick Start item you saw in the previous section will no longer be available and the PC will start normally without hibernation.

To disable Quick Start Windows 10 starts a command prompt from the Start menu with administrator permissions (right click on the item-> Run  as administrator ).

Run command prompt as administrator

Once you open the command prompt you can disable Quick Start Windows 10 and all the hibernation features with the following command:

powercfg -h off

Once the command is confirmed, simply restart to make the changes effective. From now on, each hibernation will no longer be active and the PC will take much longer to start up; but on the other hand, when you shut down your PC, the partitions and system disks used by Windows 10 will no longer be blocked.

You can re-enable hibernation by typing the following command from a command prompt (always with administrator permissions):

powercfg -h on