Friday, September 17, 2010


Enable Hibernation In Windows 7

Hibernation is a power saving option which was designed primarily for laptops. Unlike “sleep mode” which puts the open documents and files into the memory, hibernation puts all the open files and documents on to the hard disk and shuts down the computer without drawing even a small amount of power.
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. Read more:
Thus hibernation becomes an excellent way to save power and resume Windows back to the state where it was left off. If you really want to use this feature on Windows 7 then you need to enable this option.

To enable or disable Hibernating mode in Windows 7 is not as simple as in Windows XP. Below step will guide you to enable or disable Hibernation in Windows 7
  1. Open the Command Prompt with “Administrator rights”. To do so, type cmd in Start menu and then hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
  2. Now type the following command in the command prompt and hit Enter. powercfg /hibernate on
  3. Type exit and hit Enter to close the Command Prompt. Now you should see the “Hibernate” option in the Start menu. If not then perform the following steps.
  • Type Power Options in the Start menu and hit Enter.
  • In the left pane, open the link labeled “Change when the computer sleeps” and then open the link “Change advanced power settings”. Now small windows will pop-up. - Enable Hibernation
  • Now expand the Sleep tree and turn off Allow Hybrid Sleep.
  • Now you should see the Hibernate option in the Start menu. 
Note:  To Disable Hibernation, Again Go to Command Prompt (With Administrator Rights) and type powercfg -h off and press Enter.


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