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Fixing Windows 7: Enable Hibernate Mode

Windows 7 doesn’t have a Hibernate option out of the box, as you might have noticed. However, you can bring it out of hiding and make it an option for you when powering down your PC. It takes a few more steps compared to enabling Hibernate in Windows 8, but it can be done. Here’s how.


Editor Note: Since approximately half of the world’s computer users are still running Windows 7 and haven’t have upgraded to Windows 8.1, we’ve decided to start revisiting Windows 7 in this new series of articles on Fixing Windows 7. We’ll be covering some of the biggest Windows 7 annoyances and how to fix them. Also, if we have helpful tips or solutions that we never got around to, we’ll get those up as well. This week is how to uncover the hidden Hibernate option.

Enable Hibernate in Windows 7

First click Start and Type: power options in the search box and hit Enter. Next in the right hand pane select Change when the computer sleeps and then click Change advanced power settings.

In the Power Options window expand Allow hybrid sleep and switch it to Off and click OK.


Now you’ll have your Hibernate option listed on the power button.


After enabling Hibernate, it will also show up in other locations like if you use the keyboard shortcut Alt + F4 to get the Shut Down Windows options.


This adds the Hibernate feature and doesn’t replace anything, so you’ll still have the Restart, Log off, and Sleep options too. If you’re curious what the difference is between Sleep and Hibernate, check out our article: Understanding PCs and Devices: Sleep versus Hibernate.

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19 Responses to Fixing Windows 7: Enable Hibernate Mode

  1. Ziggy June 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi Brian. The following link ( will take you to Microsoft’s Fix it solution for disabling or re-enabling hibernation for Windows 7.

    I disabled hibernation on my laptop to save disk space as I rarely use that feature. Using the Fix it from Microsoft will allow me to easily re-enable hibernation if I should need that feature again in the future.

    • James December 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      That fixed it! The steps in the article did not account for the fact that my “Hybrid Sleep” option had been removed. Microsoft’s reg-fix worked.

  2. poch June 12, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Why does my netbook continue to heat up when it’s on hybernate?

  3. soran March 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm #


  4. amoo April 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm #


  5. David May 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    Thank you very much! Worked!

  6. Omar Ehab June 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    Thank you alot 🙂 worked for me

  7. Ross Baldwin September 10, 2015 at 3:53 am #

    These instructions are fine if hibernate is just off by default, but if it’s been disabled, the “Allow hybrid sleep” option may not be available at all. In that case, you need to use a command prompt run as administrator and enter “powercfg.exe /hibernate on”, as in the Microsoft instructions that Ziggy posted a link to. If you’re comfortable using a command prompt, you might find it quicker and easier to use powercfg to enable or disable hibernation, rather than using the power options menu.

    • Shane December 19, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Thanks for this!

  8. Gaurav September 13, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    Thanks a lot for help.. 😀

  9. Tanmay ghosh October 7, 2015 at 4:01 am #


  10. Kamalesh November 22, 2015 at 3:06 am #

    thank you admin.. great work

  11. Dev December 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    Thanks a lot Brian \m/

  12. DHarshanaN December 9, 2015 at 1:43 am #

    Great job

  13. fhfjhbbb April 9, 2016 at 6:00 am #

    worked,thanks.. 🙂

  14. sarfraz khan May 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    Thanks man. I was not aware of this. But now I did exactly and got the hibernate option. Thanks!

  15. VerySmartGuy July 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

    “powercfg.exe /hibernate on” in cmd box. (Window Key+R, type “cmd”). Much simpler. Turning off method is obvious.

  16. J August 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    Off is already selected for the hybrid sleep option. 🙁

  17. endomondo October 2, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    I read or say somewhere that a user needs to type powercfg -h on on the command prompt and then turn off the “Enable hybrid sleep switch”.
    Just saying cause that is what i did to enable Hybernate in Win7.

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