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How to Enable or Disable Hibernate in Windows 11/10/8?

Windows 8/8.1, 10, and 11 boot significantly faster than earlier versions of Windows, including Windows 7. Windows 11/10 comes with the Fast Startup feature to boot quicker. Hence, you can opt for the hibernation option instead of shutting down.

On most Windows 11, 10, and 8 PCs, the hibernation feature is enabled by default, but it’s not added to the power menu by default. However, Windows 11/10 includes an option to add Hibernate to the Start Menu on Windows 11/10.

What is hibernation in Windows?

If you don’t know about the hibernation feature, it’s a power-saving state where Windows saves the system state and memory (RAM) contents to a file on disk (hiberfil.sys), so that when you turn on Windows again, it resumes to restore the contents to memory from the hiberfil.sys file.

This post will guide you to turn on or turn off Hibernate feature in Windows 11/10/8.

How to Enable or Disable Hibernate in Windows 11/10/8?

To enable or disable Hibernate feature in Windows 11/10/8, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Open the Power Options.

To launch the Power Options in Windows 11/10/8, press the Windows logo + R keys to launch the Run dialog box. In the Run box, type powercfg.cpl and press Enter key from the keyboard. Power Options opens.

Alternatively, click on the Start button and type Control Panel. From the available search results, click on the Control Panel entry. Control Panel opens.

Click the Power Options to open up the Power Options window.

Step 2. In the Power Options‘ left pane, click on “Choose what the power buttons do.”

Step 3. The System Settings window opens.

Step 4. In the System Settings window, click the link “Change settings that are currently unavailable” to see the settings to enable Sleep, Hibernate, and Lock options.

Step 5. In the “Shutdown settings” section, you should see the Hibernate option.

If Hibernate option is missing under the “Shutdown settings” section, most probably, this feature is not yet enabled on your PC. To enable the Hibernate feature on your PC, open the Command Prompt as administrator. Type Powercfg /hibernate on in the Command Prompt window and press Enter from the keyboard.

Now Hibernate feature is enabled on your PC. Refresh the System Settings window to see the Hibernate option.

Step 6. If you are running out of storage and want to turn off Hibernate feature on your PC, execute the following command in the Command Prompt window:-

Powercfg /hibernate off

After executing the above steps, hibernate feature is disabled on your PC.


In conclusion, the Hibernate feature in Windows 11/10/8 can be a useful option to resume your work and save power quickly. Enabling or disabling Hibernate feature is a simple process and can be done through the Power Options and Command Prompt. With the added option to include Hibernate in the Start menu on Windows 11/10, accessing this feature is even more convenient. Whether you choose to use Sleep, Hibernate, or shut down your computer, having these options available can help you customize your Windows experience to your preferences.

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