Windows 8 startup programs not loading or Explorer crashing on boot? Try this:

Disabling fast startup is the key.

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This post addresses the following symptoms on Windows 8+ (I’m running Windows 8.1U2):

  • Windows Explorer crashing during startup.
  • Startup programs not loading during startup.

The problem appears to be the OS’ fast startup feature, though it’s unclear whether this is a bug or intended functionality to force the OS to be ready for work as quickly as possible. You can fix the issue by disabling fast startup as follows:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. In the View by: drop-down menu, click either Small icons or Large icons.
  3. Click Power Options.
  4. In the left sidebar, click Change what the power button does.
  5. In the window that follows, click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
    On some PCs, disabling fast startup also changes your power button and lid options, so make sure you check those before you save your changes.
    On some PCs, disabling fast startup also changes your power button and lid options, so make sure you check those before you save your changes.
  6. Under Shutdown Settings, uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended).
  7. Ensure your Power button and lid settings haven’t been changed.
  8. Click Save changes.

This should solve your problem. The only drawback is Windows might take longer to boot, but at least it should load completely this time.

Author: jdrch

ISTJ, Rice Owl, UF Gator, mechanical engineer. STEM, sports, music, movies, humor. Account mine only & unaffiliated.

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