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How to Enable Hibernate Mode in Windows 10

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.


42 Comments

42 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.

  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.

  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.’

  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!

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