How to Turn Off Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10: A Step-by-Step Guide

Windows 10 includes a feature called “Fast Startup” that can automatically shut down your computer after a certain period of inactivity. If you want to prevent your computer from automatically turning off, you can disable this feature. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to turn off automatic shutdown in Windows 10.

1. Open Power & Sleep Settings:

To start, you’ll need to access the Power & Sleep settings. Right-click on the “Start” button in the bottom left corner of your screen, and then click on “Power & sleep.”

2. Customize Power Button and Lid Settings:

In the Power & Sleep settings window, look for the link that says “Additional power settings” on the right-hand side. Click on it to open the Power Options control panel.

3. Choose What the Power Buttons Do:

In the Power Options control panel, you’ll see a list of power plans. Find the power plan that is currently selected (usually the “Balanced” plan) and click on the “Change plan settings” link next to it.

4. Change Advanced Power Settings:

In the next window, click on the “Change advanced power settings” link. This will open a new dialog box with advanced power options.

5. Disable Fast Startup:

Scroll through the list of advanced power options until you find the “Sleep” section. Click on the arrow next to it to expand the sub-options. Look for “Turn off fast startup” and make sure it’s set to “Off.”

6. Apply Changes and Close Windows:

After disabling Fast Startup, click the “Apply” button to save your changes. Then, click “OK” to close the advanced power options dialog box.

7. Confirm the Change:

You may need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. A message will appear asking if you want to restart now or later. Choose “Restart now” to apply the changes immediately.


By following these steps, you can easily turn off the automatic shutdown feature in Windows 10 and prevent your computer from automatically turning off after a period of inactivity. This can be particularly useful if you want to keep your computer running and accessible at all times without interruptions.

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