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How to Enable Hibernate Mode in Windows 10

The Start menu returns to Windows 10, and contains a power button in clear view, unlike Windows 8 which had the power button (and other features) hidden. While this will make the switch for Windows 7 users easier, one feature that is missing is Hibernate mode. Here’s how to enable it.

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

Enable Hibernate in Windows 10

To enable Hibernate in Windows 10, type: power options into the Search box and hit Enter, or select the result from the top.


Or, if you like Cortana, just say “Hey Cortana. Launch power options.”

Cortana Windows 10

Either way, you’ll get to the Power Options section of Control Panel. From the left column select Choose what the power buttons do.


Next, if options are grayed out, select Change settings that are currently unavailable.


Scroll down and check the Hibernate box, and after that make sure to save your settings.


Now when you open the Start menu and select the Power button, the Hibernate option will be available.


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

Windows 10 Power

If your still running Windows 7, you can read how to enable Hibernate mode in this article.

And, if you’re on Windows 8.1, read our article: Windows 8 Shutdown, Restart, Sleep and Hibernate Roundup.

If you’re not sure which mode to select on your Windows computer, read our article: Understanding your PC: Sleep vs Hibernate.

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41 Responses to How to Enable Hibernate Mode in Windows 10

  1. Aspi August 9, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    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 August 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

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

    • maverrick October 5, 2015 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks a tonne!!

    • Tyler November 13, 2015 at 9:46 am #

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

    • derek August 15, 2016 at 12:38 am #

      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 September 1, 2015 at 4:17 am #

    Thanks a lot for the information.

  4. ME September 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

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

  5. Jodie Masteller September 3, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    Thanks for helping me hibernate again.

  6. Tookie September 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

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

    • Dan Harding September 22, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      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 October 6, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    Very helpful, thank you.

  8. John Black October 8, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    Easy to follow and clear

    Very helpful, thank you

  9. Nikhil October 13, 2015 at 3:47 am #

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

  10. Nafid ullah khan November 28, 2015 at 4:53 am #

    Thanks a lot ….. it is really helpful

  11. kayo December 2, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    yo, deff helpful, much appreciated for the info.

  12. Amir December 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Great Job !

  13. Darno December 12, 2015 at 8:30 am #

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

  14. Muralidharan December 15, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    Thank you!!

  15. hub December 16, 2015 at 4:17 am #


  16. jason December 24, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    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 December 25, 2015 at 11:15 am #

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

  18. Praveen January 27, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Awesome Bro thanks, great tips and help.

  19. Ravi Shankar Prasad February 22, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    Thanks a lot!

  20. Hamed February 27, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    thanks, that was really helpful

  21. matwin March 2, 2016 at 1:17 am #

    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 March 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

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

  22. matwin March 3, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    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 December 30, 2016 at 6:25 am #

      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.’

  23. Daniyal March 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm #


  24. Varnika March 14, 2016 at 9:09 am #

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

  25. Kove March 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    Good job

  26. AH June 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    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 September 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    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 October 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Thanks a lot! twas really deserve the cred!!

  29. Victor February 8, 2017 at 1:35 am #

    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 February 16, 2017 at 6:16 am #

    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 February 16, 2017 at 6:18 am #

    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 March 12, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    Thank you! This is exactly what I needed.

  33. Narayan May 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    it worked! thanks a lot

  34. Sanjeev May 8, 2017 at 11:26 pm #

    Thank you so much

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