Fix: Windows Failed Fast Startup Error 0xC00000D4

The error 0xC00000D4 is caused by a number of reasons which includes recent system updates, system crashes etc due to which the users cannot fast boot their systems. People usually use SSDs to speed the data transferring which means faster boot up. We all know that after using an installed version of Windows for a while, the bootup sequence gets slower day by day. That is due to the software and packages installed daily. However, if you didn’t know, Windows has a fast startup feature that speeds up your boot sequence. Albeit, you shouldn’t use it if you have SSDs connected to your board as the feature’s effect is all in vain in front of SSDs speed.

Some of us, have definitely come across the ‘Error 0xC00000D4’ error which means that the fast startup has failed or crashed due to some reason. This can be quite easily solved so no need to worry.

Comparison b/w Fast Startup and a Normal Boot

What causes the Fast Startup to Fail with Error 0xC00000D4?

The fast startup feature failure causes include, but is not limited to –

  • A system update. One of the reasons includes a recent system update meaning the feature might have been affected by the update.
  • External hardware connected to the system. Some users have reported that connecting external hardware like dvb-t usb stick caused the error.
  • System crash. If your system crashed before the error popped up, it might have corrupted your system files making it a possibility of the error pop up.

There are a few generic solutions for solving this error, however, if none of them work for you, you have but one solution remaining which is mentioned below:-

Solution 1: Running SFC Scan

Sometimes, if you had a recent system update or crash, it might’ve resulted in corrupting in your system files due to which you should start off with running a system files check. To do this:

  1. Go to Start Menu, type in cmd.
  2. Right click on cmd and click ‘Run as an administrator’.
    Click ‘Run as an administrator’
  3. Type in the following command:
    sfc /scannow
SFC Scan

Wait for it to complete as it is going to take a while.

Solution 2: Disconnecting any external hardware

If you’ve connected some external hardware like USB sticks or anything else and the error pops up, the possibility of it being a reason is to be considered. Hence, in such a case, you are to complete your task for which you’ve connected the device and then remove it.

Disconnect any external hardware

Solution 3: Turning off Fast Startup

Unfortunately, if the above-mentioned solutions don’t fix your problem, you are probably going to have to disable Fast startup. Microsoft knows about this error yet they haven’t released an official fix for it. Hence, you are going to have to turn it off for now till Microsoft releases a fix. To turn it off, do the following:

  1. Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator.
  2. Go to Start Menu and click on Control Panel.
  3. Search for Power Options.
  4. In Power Options, on the left side, click on ‘Choose what the power buttons do’.
    Click ‘Choose what the power buttons do’
  5. There, click on ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.
    Click ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’
  6. If a User Account Control box pops up, click Yes.
  7. After clicking Yes, you’ll see the lowers options are not greyed out any longer.
  8. To turn off Fast Startup, uncheck the ‘Turn on fast startup’ box.
    Uncheck the box
  9. Click ‘Save changes’ and close the window.

Using a .BAT File:

If you prefer a much easier way of turning off fast startup, follow these instructions:

  1. Download this .bat file.
  2. Once downloaded, put the .bat file on your desktop.
  3. Right click on it and select ‘Run as an Administrator’.
  4. If any UAC box pops up, click Run and Yes.
  5. You’ll see that a command prompt quickly opens and closes (turning off fast startup from the registry).
  6. After that’s done, you can delete the .bat file.

Kevin Arrows

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