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How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista


Do you leave your laptop or desktop computer in a hurry often? Shutting down PC and then power it on, again and again is time-consuming process. Many users work long hours at PC open documents and webpages that they need opened for references while they work. If they have to shut down PC during breaks then they will have to open those webpages and documents after every time they log on to their PC. It consume a lot of time to power on PC, think about where you were and then open documents and web pages to start working again. Hibernation powers down PC while retaining its current state. That mans you can quickly wake computer and start working as soon as computer starts and your opened documents are there already. You will find same session restored before you hibernate your PC. Hibernate is very useful. Here is how to hibernate Windows 8.

Hibernation saves electrical power. After hibernating, the hardware is completely powered down. A hibernated machine uses no electrical power. You can unplug PC after hibernation. Hibernation is a means of avoiding the burden of saving unsaved data before shutting down and restoring all running programs after powering back on.

Hibernation is used in laptops, which have limited battery power available. It can be set to happen automatically on a low battery alarm. Most desktops also support hibernation, mainly as a general energy-saving measure.

Turn On Hibernation Option

  • Activate the Metro right sidebar by pressing ‘Windows Key’ and C, then choose ‘Settings’.
  • You should see the Power switch at the bottom right.
  • Click it and you should see the hibernate option.
  • If not go to the control panel
  • Press windows key and R to launch run command
  • type control panel in there and hit enter
  • Go to power options
  • Click ‘Choose what the power button does’ at the left side panel
  • Click ‘choose settings that are currently unavailable’
  • In ‘shutdown settings’ enable ‘hibernate’
  • Now close this panel
  • Hit windows key and C or simply place your mouse cursor at the right side of screen
  • Right side bar should appear
  • Click settings and choose hibernate from power settings

You can also press windows and L key to lock PC and choose power options from bottom right side and select hibernate

Laptop Power Settings

  • If you have laptop, switch to the Desktop
  • Right-click the battery icon in the Navigation Area
  • Left-click the battery and
  • Select ‘More Power Options’

Hibernate PC via Command

Use the following command in run to hibernate

shutdown -h

Hibernation is different from sleep mode. Sleep mode requires little amount of power to preserve the contents of RAM. If you plug off PC, a PC in sleep mode will shutdown and lose its retaining state.

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, power settings are same.

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