How to Add Hibernate Option in Windows 10 & 8 Start Menu

Hibernate mode is a life saver option provided by Microsoft and is the best method to conserve power when your PC is idle. I usually find myself with a bunch of programs running whenever I take a break from work. It is very time consuming to close all the programs and run them again when you come back to restart your PC. Thanks to Microsoft that they provided the functionality to use Sleep and Hibernate modes.

What Really Hibernate mode does?

Technically speaking, when you install Windows the kernel power manager reserves a file named ‘Hiberfil.sys‘. It is a hidden system file located in the root folder of the drive where the windows is installed. The size of this file is almost equal to the size of your RAM. The computer uses this file to store the snapshot of your PC on physical drive when you decide to turn on the hibernate mode.

In other words, hibernate mode saves the current state of the computer (open documents and running programs) on your hard disk and then power off completely to save battery life. When you are ready to turn on again all your previous documents and programs are restored for you.

How is Hibernate different from Sleep mode

Sleep mode is similar to Hibernate mode instead it stores current state of the computer in RAM (Random Access Memory). It is also a power saver mode, though a little less effective than hibernate. It continuously draws a little amount of power by keeping your RAM online. Since the state is being fetched by RAM, this mode restores computer state faster than hibernate mode.

So if you want to take a short break then Sleep mode would be fine for you, otherwise Hibernate mode all the way!

How to Enable Hibernate Mode in Windows 10

For some mysterious reason, latest versions of Windows 8 and Windows 10 do not allow you to enable hibernate mode from Start menu right away. Allow me to show you how you can re-enable this cool feature.

Power Options has all your answers:

Click on Cortana’s Ask me anything search box and type ‘Power Options’ as shown below:

Power Options Windows 10

Click on the Power Options program and once this control panel settings window appear click on the “Choose what the power button does” from left navigation menu as shown below:

power-options-control-panel-menu windows 10

Now click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable“. Under Shutdown settings, check Hibernate checkbox and hit Save changes.


That’s all my friend. Enjoy!

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