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Disabling "Fast Boot" on Windows 10

Since the release of Windows 8 and 8.1, many computers have a new technology called UEFI which leads to more secure and faster boot times. Sometimes this technology prevents the FixMeStick from booting and needs to either be bypassed or disabled. You have three options:

Option 1: Boot from the "Use a device" feature

1. Insert your FixMeStick in your computer.

2. Click on the start menu and select "Settings."

3. Then select "Update & security."

4. Select "Recovery" and then click on "Restart now" under Advanced start-up.

 5. A new window will appear. Click on "Use a device."

6. Then select Generic USB Device." Your computer will proceed to boot FixMeStick.

Option 2: Start the FixMeStick through the Advanced Boot Options

Alternatively, you can start the FixMeStick by booting directly to it (without using RunFixMeStick.exe) by following these steps.

Option 3: Disable Fast Boot and/or Secure Boot

As a last resort, you can disable the UEFI settings. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Insert your FixMeStick into your PC.

2. Click on the start menu and select "Settings."

3. Then select "Update & security."

4. Select "Recovery" and then click on "Restart now" under Advanced start-up.

5. A new menu will appear. Click "Troubleshoot." Then click "Advanced Options."

6. Click "UEFI Firmware Settings."

7. Click the "Restart" button and wait for the computer to successfully restart.

8. Your UEFI Firmware settings will appear. Try to locate the "Fast Boot," "Fast BIOS Mode," or "Secure Boot" options using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Here is an example image:

Not all BIOS menus are the same, but these options typically appear in the "Advanced" menu. These options might also appear in a different menu, so you might have to search around. Once you see a fast boot option, disable it by highlighting it with the arrow keys and then pressing enter. Once it is disabled, restart your computer by pressing F10 (which saves your changes and exits the BIOS). If F10 does not work, find your way to "Exit" and then always select the "Exit" and save changes option.

9. Start Windows and double-click on FixMeStick.exe. The FixMeStick should now launch normally.

If you still cannot start FixMeStick and you see a message related to Secure Boot, you might need to disable the Secure Boot feature. Click HERE for instructions. Otherwise, please create a ticket and one of our engineers will further assist you.

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