How to Enable or Disable Hibernation in Windows 10

Hibernation can be a useful tool if you want to completely shut down your PC but at the same time you want to continue working where you left off before shutting it down. This article will guide you on how to enable or disable hibernation and the ways that you can do it.

Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate

Before we move on, it’s important to understand what is the difference between putting the PC to sleep/hibernate mode. That is so that you can understand where you should, or shouldn’t enable it.

Sleep

Sleep mode puts the computer into a power saving state by disabling all the components of the computer except the RAM memory. That is because the RAM modules need to be supplied with electricity all the time, or they’ll lose any data that is stored to them.

The PC will wake up in seconds as all it has to do is to power up all of its components again. There are no known downsides to sleep mode except the fact that it still uses a minimal amount of electricity.

Hibernate

Hibernation transfers everything from the RAM memory to the main storage drive that you have and then proceeds to power off the computer. When you boot up the PC again, the data that was saved on the storage drive will once again get transferred to the RAM memory.

That will result in having your PC running again at the very same spot that you powered it off. Hibernation uses almost no electricity since the computer is turned off, but as it requires a small amount of data to be transferred, it’s a bit slower than putting the computer to sleep.

It was mostly created for Laptops but it’s also useful for those who are using a desktop with an old school HDD drive, they commonly have slow transfer speeds which results in an extremely slow boot time. Using Hibernation on a desktop with an HDD will drastically improve the boot time. (It’s not really booting but you get the point)

Attention: SSD Users

Do not use Hibernation if you have an SSD as your main storage drive. The more data that you write on an SSD, the sooner that it will fail. Hibernation writes data to the drive each time that you use it which will lower the lifespan of an SSD even if for a little.

If you consider how many Terabytes the average SSD can withstand, then it really doesn’t seem like a big deal. But, then again, what for? SSD drives offer super fast boot times since the let go, there is really no advantage in using hibernation when you have an SSD.

Ways To Enable/Disable Hibernation

Now you know how Hibernation works and how it’s different than sleep mode. If you’re still up for enabling/disabling it, you can you can do so with:

  1. The power button
  2. The sleep button
  3. Closing the lid (if you have a Laptop)

You can also set it as a power option or you can set your computer to hibernate automatically after a certain amount of time. To disable it just replace the hibernate option with the desired action.

Hibernating With Power/Sleep Button, Lid, Power Option

Hibernating with power button

To open the menu that you see above on the screenshot:

  1. Right click on the Windows icon at the lower left part of your taskbar
  2. Select “power options”
  3. On the upper right corner, select “additional power settings”
  4. Then click on “choose what the power buttons do”

Afterwards, you can choose to hibernate with the power button, the sleep button, by closing the lid of your Laptop, or you can make it so that all of them will hibernate your PC.

If you want to have the hibernate option on your power options, you can click on the “change settings that are currently unavailable” button on the same window, then you’ll have the option to have hibernate on your power options by clicking on that setting (still on the same window).

Hibernating Automatically After A Certain Amount Of Time

Automatic Hibernation

 

To enable automatic hibernation, close the last window that you were in, select “change plan settings” on your current active plan, then select “change advanced power settings”.

Rolling downwards on the window that came up you’ll see an option that says “sleep”, clicking on it will reveal the options.

At this point, you can set your PC to either sleep or hibernate after a certain amount of time.

Advanced Options

In the rare case that hibernate is not visible anywhere, you can enable it by using the hibernate command.

To do that, right click on the Windows logo which is on the lower left part of your taskbar, open Windows Power Shell as Admin, then copy and paste this command to turn on hibernation.

powercfg.exe /hibernate on

In order to turn it off again, copy and paste this command.

powercfg.exe /hibernate off

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