Fast is not always better. Windows 10 is fast. Sometimes it is so fast that it fails to properly load startup programs and fails to reconnect to mapped drives. Creating batch files to reconnect mapped drives just adds another component to startup and isn’t optimal.

An easier way to reconnect mapped drives (and get your startup programs up and running) is to turn off fast startup. It may sound counter-productive to slow down your PC, but you won’t notice any delay, especially since PC’s running Windows 10 generally have faster core processors.

Here is how to turn off fast startup:

  1. Type Power Options in the Search window.


    Search the web and Windows is a faster way to launch programs and find features.

  2. Select  Choose what the power buttons do. 


    Choose what the power buttons do

  3. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable. 



    Some features are grayed out until you click to change settings that are currently unavailable.

  4. Uncheck Turn on fast startup.


    You can also turn off/uncheck Hibernate which, although seemingly helpful, can cause some issues, like interfering with updates

That’s it. As I said, turning off fast startup is hardly noticeable, unlike the delay in finding your network drives unavailable when you need them.

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