How to Enable the Hibernate Option in Windows 10

How to Enable the Hibernate Option in Windows 10

When you don’t have plans to use your computer for a while, the best thing you can do is turn it off, but what if there are things you need to have open and need to use when you turn your computer back on? Some users may use the sleep feature that will leave their computer in a sleep-like state where it will consume just a little more than the Hibernate feature. It’s like pressing pause on your DVD player (if you still have one).

What’s the difference between Sleep and Hibernate? You just read what Sleep means, but what Hibernate does is turn your computer completely off while saving all your work on your hard drive. Hibernation is a power-saving state made primarily for laptops. When you turn your computer back on, everything will be where you left it, and the smallest amount of power was consumed while your PC was hibernating.

The Hibernating process can take up to a whole minute, but it really depends on the quantity of data in active RAM. The speed of the hard drive also plays a significant role.

1. In Windows 10, go to Control Panel -> Power Options.

2. Pick “Choose what the power buttons does.”


3. Scroll down to “Shutdown settings” and select “Hibernate.”


If you can’t select it, you need to scroll back up and choose “Change settings that are currently unavailable.”


4. Scroll back down to “Shutdown settings,” and you should be able to select or uncheck the Hibernate feature.

5. Don’t forget to Save Changes or you will have to start over.

To check if the hibernate option has been added, go to the Start button and choose the power option. You should now be able to see the recently added option.


Remember that the downside to hibernating your computer is that it makes it slower to resume. If you are in a hurry to get something done, hibernating may not be the best option since it is only going to slow you down. If you have the tendency to briefly step away from your computer a few times a day, putting your computer to sleep may be the best choice.

If you have been working late and need to call it a day, but you haven’t finished and want to save your work and save power, then hibernating is your best choice since everything will be where you left it. It’s not a big deal, but sleep mode uses a few more watts than hibernate, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to get back to work faster.

As you can see, Hibernate has its pros and its cons, but it’s up to you to decide what you are okay with and what things you’re not. If you found the information useful, don’t forget to give the post a share and let us know if you use the Hibernate feature on your Windows 10 computer in the comments.


  1. The problem I have with the sleep mode in Windows 8.1 is if I bump my desk the computer turns on. With hibernate in XP I have to push the power button to turn it back on, preventing accidental starts. I just tried hibernate in 8.1 but it seems to act like sleep.

    • Hi Ellyn,
      Run this command in cmd

      powercfg -lastwake

      it will tell you what device woke your PC, then go to device manager, select that device and change it’s power settings to not wake the computer. It could also be some task in task scheduler that has the option to wake the computer selected. Thanks for reading. =-)

  2. I personally don’t use sleep or hibernate. If you really want to get logged on in a hurry and save some power (?) then buy an SSD W10 loves SSD’s and my laptop is up and running before I can even turn away!

    • Hi Steve,
      Thanks for the suggestion. I think I just might give it a try. Thanks for commenting. =-)

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