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Fixing Windows 7: Enable Hibernate Mode

If you want to save where you are in Windows, Hibernate allows you to do that and save energy. Here’s how to bring it out of hiding on a desktop PC.

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.

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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.

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

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

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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 about the difference is between Sleep and Hibernate, check out our article: Understanding PCs and Devices: Sleep versus Hibernate.


24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Hi Brian. The following link (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920730) 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  

      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  

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

  3. soran  

    tnx

  4. amoo  

    Thanks!

  5. David  

    Thank you very much! Worked!

  6. Omar Ehab  

    Thank you alot 🙂 worked for me

  7. Ross Baldwin  

    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  

      Thanks for this!

  8. Gaurav  

    Thanks a lot for help.. 😀

  9. Tanmay ghosh  

    thanks..

  10. Kamalesh  

    thank you admin.. great work

  11. Dev  

    Thanks a lot Brian \m/

  12. DHarshanaN  

    Great job

  13. fhfjhbbb  

    worked,thanks.. 🙂

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

  15. VerySmartGuy  

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

  16. J  

    Off is already selected for the hybrid sleep option. 🙁

  17. endomondo  

    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.

  18. britt  

    what do i do when my laptop power options shows sleep and hibernation buttons as faded ie inactive
    and the above solution did not work

  19. Raja Hamid  

    Thank you very much for sharing. Desperately needed this option.

  20. Haresh Ashar  

    Thank you “Team – GroovyPost”. You people are doing great social services.
    Thangs again.

  21. MAHESH  

    THANKS FOR GIVING SIMPLY

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