Add Hibernate Option to Shut Down Menu in Windows 7

Most computers have the Hibernate option in the Shut Down menu in the Windows. But sometimes it so happens they don’t show up. It doesn’t mean your computer does not have that option. You just have to enable a few settings, and you will be able to hibernate your computer too.

Why Hibernate?

Apart from all the technical jargon (like how the data is stored in the cache v. memory) the main reason why its good to hibernate is to save power. It does take a little longer time to boot compared to waking from “sleep”, but it saves power. My suggestion is if you are going to use your computer within an hour, let it “sleep”. If longer its good to hibernate.

How do you enable the setting?

Here you can see that there is no hibernate option in my shut down menu.

No hibernate option

You need to go to the below location to get to the dialog to make settings.

  1. Go to Start and type Power Options, and hit enter. Alternatively, you can also go to Control Panel and pick Power Options.
  2. You will get your Power Options. Here pick “Change when computer Sleeps”.
    Power Options
  3. Here select “Change Advanced Power Settings”.
    Advanced power options
  4. Here you should be able to see “Sleep” option. If not Click on the link above to see unavailable settings.
    Sleep Options
  5. Expand Sleep option, and expand “Allow Hybrid Sleep”.
    Select the setting to be “OFF” for both options.
    Allow Hybrid Sleep
  6. Hit Apply and OK.
  7. Now you should be able to let your computer Hibernate in the Shut Down menu.
    Hibernate option  

Let me know if this helps you save a little power, and use your laptop around more efficiently.

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