How To Enable Hibernate Mode in Windows 8

If you’re new to Windows 8, when you power down your system, you’ll notice that Hibernate mode is missing. Here’s how to enable it so the option shows up.

When you first install Windows 8 and go to shut it down for the first time, you might wonder where the Hibernate option is. You’ll need to enable it first in Power options. Here’s how.

Power Button Windows 8

Add Hibernate to Windows 8 Power Button

First you’ll need to get to the power options. Hit the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + W to open the Search Settings and type: power options. Then under the results, click Change What the Power Buttons Do.

Change What Power Buttons Do

System Settings will open on the Desktop. At the top of the window, click the “Change Settings that Are Currently Unavailable” link.
Change Settings Available

Then scroll down and under Shutdown Settings check the Hibernate box. Click Save Changes.

Shutdown Settings

Now when you go to power down your Windows 8 system, click the Power button, and Hibernate will be listed.

Hibernate Windows 8 Start Button

Hibernate will also be available if you want to go “old school” and shutdown Windows 8 from the desktop.

Shutdown Windows 8 Desktop

Not sure whether to pick Sleep or Hibernate? Check out our article on the difference between Sleep and Hibernate Mode in Windows.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Tony

    July 7, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    It also added the Hibernate option with the WIN+X, Shutdown or Signout, Hibernate.

    Great tip. Couldn’t find that stupid setting.


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