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How to Enable Hibernate in Windows 10

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How to Enable Hibernate in Windows 10

If you are using Windows, you must be already knowing the hibernate option which allows you to save the work as it is and put the computer to sleep, so that you can resume the work when you switch it on. Similar to Windows 8, the hibernate feature is turned off on Windows 10 by default. In case you want to use the laptop or desktop without closing apps and shutting it down, then the best way is to hibernate the system.

Hibernate option is available in Windows 10, but disabled by default, here is how to enable it.

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]What is Hibernation? Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.[/box]

Open Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound-> Power Options.

Power options

On the left side, you will be able to see an option “Choose what the power buttons do”, click on it.

enable hibernate

Here you will see that Hibernate option is disabled. Above the page you can see another option to change settings that are currently unavailable (see image above). Click on this link and you can see that Hibernate option is now available.

Save changes

Check the box against Hibernate and then save changes. Now you will be able to see the Hibernate option under Windows shutdown in start menu.

Hibernate option

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  1. Chris

    August 12, 2015 at 10:45 am

    thx m8

  2. kdog

    August 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Worked excellent Thanks!

  3. Noon

    September 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks 😀

  4. Reggie

    December 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    “That was easy!”

  5. Chris

    December 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Thx – very helpful & easy!

  6. Zeesh

    December 20, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    thanks a lot. to the point

  7. prashant

    January 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    very very simple. other netizens are publishing such complicated ways. thanks alot

  8. windydick

    August 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks – found hibernate – easy!

  9. Prashant

    September 28, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Great help. Thank you.

  10. Taghi Farvar

    October 11, 2016 at 5:16 am

    I went through the above, but hibernate does show at all. what to do?

  11. Taghi Farvar

    October 11, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I went through the above, but hibernate does not show at all. what to do?

  12. Eckhard Goessl

    January 23, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    yes there are no seetings avqailable for hibernating
    Does it need any extra download / plugin?

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