Posted by: Yosef B. | June 24, 2013

Enable Hibernation in Windows 7

So before we get started, here’s a quick background on the different shutdown options in Windows 7.

By default you have the two following options available, full shut-down and sleep. A full shut-down is just that – it shuts your system down fully, does not require any power and takes the most amount of time to reboot afterwards. Sleep simply stores your systems current state in memory and “shuts-down”. This requires power at all times in order to keep the system state active in the computer’s memory. If you lose power (e.g. your battery runs out) – you will lose any work that you left open when you put the system to sleep. On the plus side, starting the computer after putting it to sleep is almost instantaneous.

Another alternative is to hibernate. Hibernation is not enabled by default (hence this posting) but it’s a compromise between a full shut down & sleep in that it does not require power and it restarts quicker than after a full shut-down.

In order to enable this feature in your system:

  1. Open Command Prompt with Administrator rights. To open Command Prompt, type CMD in Start menu and then hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the Command Prompt with Admin rights.
  2. Next, type the below command and hit enter: powercfg /hibernate on
  3. Type exit and hit enter to close the Command Prompt.
  4. If you can’t see the Hibernate option in Start menu then do the following tasks:
    1. Type Power Options in Start menu and hit enter.
    2. In the left pane, open the link labeled “Change when the computer sleeps” and then open the link “Change advanced power settings”.
    3. Under the Advanced Sleep option, expand the Sleep tree and turn off Hybrid Sleep.
    4. Now go back to Start menu to see the new Hibernate entry.

Once it is enabled, you should see the option listed under the “Shut Down” menu in your start menu (hit Windows key to bring it up).

Hibernate Option


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