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How To Enable Hibernation In Windows Vista

Windows vista enables the operating system to control power to your computer and peripheral devices. The power management features from Windows vista include Hibernate and sleep. If you want to know How To Enable Hibernation In Windows XP, Please Follow this link.

Hibernate saves an image of your desktop with all open files and documents, and then it powers down your computer. When you turn on power, your files and documents are open on your desktop exactly as you left them.

Sleep (Stand-by) Mode: When in sleep mode, everything on your computer is shut off except that a small trickle of power is used to maintain the RAM contents. Waking up from sleep mode generally takes less than 15 seconds. Since it takes a bit of power, Sleep mode is not ideal for long term power off. On laptops running on battery power, if your battery runs out of power while on stand-by, you will lose the entire contents of your RAM and any unsaved files.

Enable Hibernation In Windows Vista:
When you want to enable hibernation on your Windows Vista-based computer, you may experience one or more of the following problems:
  • The Hibernate option is not available on the Start button menu power options menu.
  • The Hibernate option is not available in the Shut Down Windows dialog box.
Note: To open the Shut Down Windows dialog box, press ALT+F4.The Hibernate option is not available on the power button menu that appears on the secure desktop. And, you can access the secure desktop's power button menu when you log off Windows Vista.
This problem occurs for one of the following reasons:
  • The Disk Cleanup Utility was used to delete the Hibernation File Cleaner.
  • The computer does not support the hibernation feature.
  • The hibernation feature is disabled.
  • The Hybrid Sleep feature is enabled.
Note The Hybrid Sleep feature puts the computer to sleep and generates a hibernation file when the user selects the Sleep option in any of the power option menus. Therefore, Hibernate is not offered as a power option when Hybrid Sleep is enabled.
Sleep (Stand-by) Mode: When in sleep mode, everything on your computer is shut off except that a small trickle of power is used to maintain the RAM contents. Waking up from sleep mode generally takes less than 15 seconds. Since it takes a bit of power, Sleep mode is not ideal for long term power off. On laptops running on battery power, if your battery runs out of power while on stand-by, you will lose the entire contents of your RAM and any unsaved files.
To resolve this issue, use the PowerCfg tool to enable the hibernation feature. To do this, follow these steps.
Note: If the computer does not support the hibernation feature, you cannot enable the feature. 
  1. Click Start, type command in the Start Search box, right-click Command Prompt in the Programs list, and then click Run as administrator. (If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.)
  2. At the command prompt, type powercfg /hibernate on.

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