Shutting down Windows 10 leaves PC on but display off

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If you have ever shutdown an unmodified version of Windows 10 then you’ve been there >> PC still powered on and your display is at a black screen. Then a bit later the PC powers off. From my point, I’d prefer the monitor to stay active until the PC powers off. Shutting down the monitor early is a bit annoying and leads me to believe the PC is off when it’s not.

I’ve created this blog post so I won’t forget how to disable this functionality as I’m sure in time I will forget.

Changing the setting is quite easy:

  • In the Control Panel go to Power Options and click on ‘Choose what the power button does’
  • From there choose ‘Change Settings that are currently unavailable’

  • You should notice the options below are no longer grayed out.
  • Remove the checkmark by ‘Turn on fast startup’

After changing these settings my PC shutdown normally, the display stated active, and then the PC powered off. For good measure, I power on my PC I didn’t notice any change in the amount of time for it to startup.

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2 thoughts on “Shutting down Windows 10 leaves PC on but display off

    Andres Biront said:
    September 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    If you didn’t notice any change in startup time, then your PC is failing to fast-start. Look in the event viewer for fast-start related issues.
    Fast start turns my PC on in 2 seconds, when it fails (or I unplug the power cord) it starts normally.


      Matt Mancini responded:
      September 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks for comment and tip around fast-start. 2 Second boot sounds like speed record! At this point, without Fast-start enabled my Windows 10 PC boots in less than 10 seconds which is about the same time with it enabled. So for me, there is no real trade-off but the benefit in not blacking out my screen during shutdown is an option I’ll choose every time.


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