How to enable or disable hibernate in windows 7?

Windows 7 has options like sleep option which allows the computer to resume full-power when it is turned on again, or you start working on it again. However, there is another option called Hibernation which is not available right out of the box in windows 7. Lots of people really like Hibernation since it is windows eight users gets hibernation option easily.

Enabling hibernation in Windows 8 is quite simple as compared to windows 7. You just have to go to the more power options from the battery icon. After that, go to “change what the power buttons do” And then go to “change settings that are unavailable”. From there, you just have to click on “Show Hibernate”.

How to enable and disable Hibernate in windows 7?

Our computers consume a lot of energy when it is being used. That is why manufacturers of an electronic device such as Windows PC and laptops provides various power saving modes to save and protect your system thoroughly.

One of the most efficient power modes is “hibernation” which you don’t get on Windows 7 right out of the box. You have to enable the hibernation option on windows 7, and that is what we are going to learn in this article.

How to enable hibernation on Windows 7

You might be thinking that if there are later versions of Windows 8 and 8.1 why people just don’t upgrade their windows version. Majority of the windows PC or laptops users are still using, and they don’t feel the need to upgrade their windows.

One of the reasons why people prefer windows 7 is for its 3D graphics performance. In a 3D mark 11 test of windows 7 and 8, the older windows were faster. Windows 8 is also great, but the statistics proved that Windows 7 is better in 3D department. That means graphics intensive task plays a vital role in Windows 7. If you are a gamer or edit 3D art, then you might want to stick with windows 7.

So every annoyance related windows 7 holds a big impact in Microsoft windows community. In this case “hibernation” is a big deal for Windows 7 users and lots of people are looking to use hibernation option in their windows 7 computer, and you are one of them.

What Hibernate does exactly to the computer?And What is the difference between sleep, hybrid sleep and Hibernate?

Hibernation was primarily designed for laptops, but with its efficient mode, it is also made available for PCs. As you know sleep puts your work on your computer in its memory and only a little amount of power is being used while you have set your computer to sleep. But in hibernation, it uses your hard-disk to store your work and settings as memory and turn off your computer completely.

Hibernation is not only an efficient way of saving power, but it also extends the battery life of your laptops. Hibernation uses the least amount of power since the system is turned off with a little power still in which is used for hibernation. So if you are a laptop user and you are not using your laptop for a long period of time, then it is the best to out your laptop in hibernation mode. (Of course, I’m talking about if your work is not done yet and you still have some work left other you can directly shut down your laptop).


Sleep mode in computers or laptops takes more power than hibernation. Sleep makes the system in a power state that when you resume your system, it runs in full power mode again. This may typically take few seconds to release full power. So basically it does not turn off the computer completely since the work is located in the Ram of the system.

Sleep option on the computer is like using a DVD player, it stops whenever you want and resumes easily when you play it again. Sleep state in computer works exactly like that.

Hybrid sleep

Hybrid sleep option is designed for desktop computers while hibernation is primarily designed for laptops. But both the system can run either one of the options.

Hybrid sleep is a combination of sleep and hibernation. Sleep uses memory, and hibernation uses the hard-disk. Hybrid sleep uses both memory and hard-disk. Any documents or other things that you are working on goes to your system memory as well as the hard-disk. Hybrid sleep puts your computer in low power state so that you can quickly resume your work as normal.

In case of a power failure, hybrid sleep puts your work in a hard-disk so that you can recover your work whenever the power comes back. When hybrid sleep is turned on your computer will automatically go to hybrid sleep when you put your computer in a sleep state.

Hybrid sleep is turned on as default in desktop computers and turned off in laptops. You can also change the settings in power house >advanced settings.

Hibernate option is not available on a system with 4GB Ram or More

Hibernation doesn’t really work on sufficient Ram because the Ram can handle the work easily. The work will be stored in the memory or Ram of the system. There is no need of Hibernate if you have 4GM of Ram or more. However, it is not impossible to use Hibernate if you have sufficient Ram.

Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 can be able to run Hibernate with 64bit 4GM Ram (or more) computer.

Enabling hibernation in windows 7

If you have windows 8 or used Windows 8, the process of enabling hibernation is completely different since the user interface is different in both windows.

I will also tell you how you can disable hibernation later in this article.

So here are the steps to enable hibernation on Windows 7

  1. On your Windows seven computer, click on start button.
  2. In the searching area, you have to type “Power options” and press enter.
  3. The next step is to select “Change when the computer sleeps” in the right-hand pane.
  4. Now go to change advanced power settings, and a power options window will pop up.
  5. In the power options, you will lot of other options such “desktop background settings”, “wireless adapter settings”, “sleep” and “USB settings”.
  6. You have to expand “Sleep option” and again expand “allow hybrid sleep”.
  7. In the expand option, turn off the hybrid sleep option and then click OK.
  8. Now hibernate option will be available in the power options.
  9. The hibernate option will also show up in a much familiar place like when you go to shut down button, click on the right arrow and you will find many power options and one of them will be “hibernate” option.

You can also see the option if you press alt+F4 and the shutdown option will show up. You can change the option to “hibernate” as well.

Now I will tell you an alternate method to enable hibernate option. I will also tell you how you can disable hibernate with this method.

The method is command prompt based method, so it is not an ideal way of enabling or disabling hibernate.

Enable or disable hibernate through command prompt

  1. Click on start button and on the search bar, type CMD and press enter.
  2. The results will show up, and you have to the right click on CMD.exe situated under programs.
  3. After right clicking on cmd.exe, select “run as administrator”.
  4. The command prompt will open up, and you have type the following to enable hibernate. “powercfg /hibernate on”.
  5. You can also do the same steps to reach the command prompt and type the following in the command prompt to turn off hibernate on your Windows 7 computer. Type “powercfg /hibernate on”.

Manage hibernation

You can also manage hibernation through the control panel. You can manage when the hibernation will start after how many minutes of inactivity or you can just specifically out zero minutes to start to hibernate right away.

  1. Go to start button and open control panel.
  2. Go to power options on the left side of the screen.
  3. After power options will open go to “change when the computer sleeps” which is located in the left menu.
  4. Now go to “change advanced power settings”, and from there, you can expand “hibernate after” to put any specific number of minutes to pass before your computer goes into hibernate state.

You can also disable hibernate from “change advanced power settings” by going expanding “allow hybrid sleep” and turn off hibernate. This will put your computer without the hibernating option. You won’t see any hibernate option in your computer until you turn it on again.

Over to you:

Hibernate is not a default option available on Windows 7; you have to enable it by yourself. It is not a difficult task to enable it, and now after reading this article, I’m sure you have learnt how to enable and disable hibernate on Windows 7. In case, you have any doubts regarding the procedure mentioned above, please feel free to interact with us in the comments section. We shall be glad to help you out throughout the procedure 🙂

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