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How to Enable Hibernate Mode on Windows 10

By default, when you open the Start menu in Windows 10 and select the power button, there is no option for Hibernate. Here’s how to enable it.

Hibernate mode puts your PC into a low power state that allows a shutdown without losing any of your work. Apps stay open and when you turn your computer on again you are back to where you left off. It uses less power than Sleep mode. It is a good choice if you know you won’t be using your PC for an extended period of time. However, the Hibernate option is missing from the Power button and other power areas on Windows 10. Here’s how to enable it.

Windows 10 Power Options

By default, when you open the Start menu in Windows 10 and select the Power button, there is no Hibernate mode listed.

Alternately, you can right-click the Start button or use Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to bring up the “power user menu” and go to Shutdown or sign out. Even there you will not find a Hibernate option.

Enable Hibernate for Windows 10

To enable Hibernate mode in Windows 10 head to Settings > System > Power & sleep. Then scroll down on the right-hand side and click the “Additional power settings” link.

That will open Power Options in the classic Control Panel. From the left column, click the “Choose what the power buttons do” link.

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Next, you will see some different shutdown settings and power and button settings. Under the “Shutdown settings” section you should see a list of different options like Fast Startup, Sleep, and Hibernate. But all of those options are probably grayed out. To make Hibernate available click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link.

After clicking the link those options should become available. Check the Hibernate box (or other shutdown settings you want available) and make sure to click the Save changes button.

That’s all there is to it. The next time you open the Start menu and select the Power button you will see that “Hibernate” is now available from the menu.

It will also be listed if you right-click the Start button (Windows key+X) and go to “Shut down or sign out” on the menu.

It’s also worth noting that the old school method of using the keyboard shortcut Alt + F4 from the desktop still works, too. And by following the steps above it adds the Hibernate option there as well.

If you’re still running Windows 7 (which is no longer supported) you can read how to enable Hibernate mode in this article. If you’re not sure which mode to use on your Windows 10 computer, read our article on the differences between Sleep and Hibernate modes.

61 Comments

61 Comments

  1. Aspi

    Thanks. You are helping new Windows 10 users and Microsoft.

    I do not know why Microsoft does not provide this type of information about their settings.

  2. Chris

    I thought I had lost the hibernate option (which I use a lot). This was super helpful.

    • maverrick

      Awesome!
      Thanks a tonne!!

    • Tyler

      Yes! Could not agree more with Chris. Use it all the time. Thanks Brian.

    • derek

      I followed instructions to opt for hibernate and the the option “hibernate” was there, BUT, although it seemed to be working, I got up Saturday night to find my laptop had woken up to where I had left off before choosing to hibernate. The next night I again opted to hibernate and laptop shut down (in hibernate mode) only to find that my wife had got up during the early hours of Monday morning to find that the laptop was on and displaying the sign on screen. This has never happened before in the six years of Windows 7, so I assume its a Windows 10 problem.

  3. Binod

    Thanks a lot for the information.

    • Dee

      Thank you so much.

  4. ME

    The option to select hibernate is greyed out on my machine.

  5. Jodie Masteller

    Thanks for helping me hibernate again.

  6. Tookie

    It’s all greyed out cant change it…I give up…MS won again! Linux here I come!!

    • Dan Harding

      Goat ‘Change Settings that are not currently available’ on the same System Settings menu. It is a trick by MS to allow stats to show greater average startup time for users. Like Volkswagen tricking us about their emissions.

  7. Tim

    Very helpful, thank you.

  8. John Black

    Easy to follow and clear

    Very helpful, thank you

  9. Nikhil

    Thanks a lot! I was struggling with trying to enable hibernation. Even the Microsoft website did not help much.

  10. Nafid ullah khan

    Thanks a lot ….. it is really helpful

  11. kayo

    yo, deff helpful, much appreciated for the info.

  12. Amir

    Great Job !

  13. Darno

    Many thanks…
    It is simple but it great and helpful for me

  14. Muralidharan

    Thank you!!

  15. hub

    Thanks.

  16. jason

    very helpful i must say i almost downgraded to windows 7 cos without the hibernate function i cant make use of my system maximaly

  17. Fred Fudpucker

    I set every choice to Hibernate and it still doesn’t Hibernate!!!

  18. Praveen

    Awesome Bro thanks, great tips and help.

  19. Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Thanks a lot!

  20. Hamed

    thanks, that was really helpful

  21. matwin

    Hey guys, I followed your instruction some weeks ago and it worked perfectly. But today I noticed, this option is gone – and also the option, the Hibernate box, is not there anymore. I suspect a lately update of win 10, has anyone made a similar experience?

    • Emily

      I also don’t have the option to add back “hibernate”. Sucks.

      • bobpaul

        From an admin powershell:
        powercfg.exe /hibernate on

  22. matwin

    ok, I’ve found a solution. start cmd as admin and insert this command: powercfg.exe /hibernate on
    confirm with enter
    worked for me

    • shanice13

      Hi, I tried it as you recommended but it didn’t work for my PC , Error message
      ‘Unable to perform operation. An unexpected error (0x65b) has occurred: Function failed during execution.’

      • mel

        I had that happen. You need to be sure to start cmd as admin.

    • Richard Daastol Høy

      Worked for me, thanks a bunch!

    • Mike

      worked for me thanks

  23. Daniyal

    BRAVO GREAT JOB AND STEP BY STEP GUIDE GOOD WORK LADS

  24. Varnika

    Thank you :) I have been pondering on the solution activate hibernate for sometimes. You blog was really helpful.

  25. Kove

    Good job

  26. AH

    Thanks 2-3 hours of tinkering around!! & your is the only real help out there for hibernate!!

    the key is the shutdown options…ie showing hibernate option….mind boggling the MS scriptwriters decided to make hibernate a commonly used function so hard to turn on & off…

  27. Pablo Bigdog

    After almost a month with my new windows 10 that I uploaded from my previous windows 7, I finally have figured out the solution to adding Hibernate to my Power Options section of my start page. now I have Sleep, Hibernate, Restart, and, Power Down, as I have long desired to have. I googled (actually, I used Firefox), to search for a method to add Hibernate to my power options screen on my laptop, and within literally, 10 to 15 seconds, and, only 3, or, 4, steps (very simple and, easy to follow steps), I am now a happy camper again, with Hibernate as one of my power options, in my new Windows 10 edition that I uploaded to my laptop, around the end of August, 2016, prior to the cancellation date. Thank you Brian, for your article in which you suggested how to accomplish this very easy to “fix,” for my laptop. Warm regards, and, thanks again, for your assistance…..Pablo…..

  28. Georgie

    Thanks a lot! twas really helpful..you deserve the cred!!

  29. Victor

    I would have argued with anyone who said this option had always been available on Windows 10. Been using it for more than 1 year and I never knew…Thanks a lot!

  30. Fideli

    I did what you instructed us to do but the hibernate and sleep options where not there. My own case is a sligh different from what is obtainable.when I click To CHOOSE WHAT THE POWER BUTTONS DO, it took me to me to the environment but I only was two options there,
    1. Turn on fast start-up (Recommended)
    2. Lock
    There is no Sleep or Hibernate options there. What do I do? Thank you.
    Also help me with instructions on how to reinstall my projector.

  31. Fideli

    I did what you instructed us to do but the hibernate and sleep options where not there. My own case is a sligh different from what is obtainable.when I click To CHOOSE WHAT THE POWER BUTTONS DO, it took me to the environment but I only saw two options there,
    1. Turn on fast start-up (Recommended)
    2. Lock
    There is no Sleep or Hibernate options there. What do I do? Thank you.
    Also help me with instructions on how to reinstall my projector.

  32. thanks

    Thank you! This is exactly what I needed.

  33. Narayan

    it worked! thanks a lot

  34. Sanjeev

    Thank you so much

  35. brett peake

    WHAT ON EARTH HAS HAPPENED TO THE HIBERNATE OPTION ON WINDOWS 10???

    As of October 2017 the hibernate option has been completely removed by the latest Microsoft updates! As usual Windows have provided no explanation for persecuting its users!

  36. Chris

    Kick Ass!!! Thought The feature was removed & Gone!!!
    The step by Step instructions worked like a charm. :)

  37. Dragon

    this was so helpful so thank you so much :D

  38. Steve

    I did this months ago and it worked. Just recently I noticed my hibernate option was missing. So I just followed these steps again. Now in power options my list of shutdown settings only includes sleep and lock. I think the latest update from MS totally removed hibernate?!?

  39. Steve

    I contacted MS Support, even they couldn’t figure out how to enable hibernate via power options. Ultimately what got it working was the command:

    powercfg -h on

  40. Tom

    Thank you for providing this information. I went to another site first which only turned hibernate on or off. What Steve, the previous poster did seemed to have no affect – no hibernate menu option. That other site said was to run powercfg /hibernate on. Your site provided what I needed: making the hibernate menu option appear in the power menu. Great job!

  41. Nifemi

    Worked great thanks

  42. Perry Dias

    Thank you! I don’t understand what is wrong with Microsoft — they make stuff like this incredibly obtuse (seriously, have to get into changing what power buttons do to enable hibernation??!!! That is really stupid).

    THEN…they don’t bother making documentation available…or keeping it current when stuff changes.

    Glad we have people like you who are helping close the gaping holes Microsoft leaves out there!

  43. Sherif

    This method actually works. Thanks

  44. Himanshu

    Thanks a ton dude. I had the hibernate option turned on but it just disappeared after a recent update. The instructions in the article also didnt help.

  45. Muhammad Umer

    Hi in my laptop and the latest update of window 10 my hibernate option isn’t available any guidance ?

    • bobpaul

      From an admin powershell:
      powercfg.exe /hibernate on

      once you do that, everything else in the guide works.

  46. Venkatesh R

    Great. I was searching for this option because the Hibernate is not coming even after running the command powercfg.exe /hibernate on.
    Finally got it. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Alex Jullien

    Perfect explanation, thanks a lot!

  48. Sahan Kaushalya - Sri lanka

    Thanks a lot

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