Change Hibernate Settings

Hibernate settings are a setting that makes your device use less power during sleep, and when you start working on your device again, you can start working where you left off. You can find this option in Windows Power Settings. These settings are mainly available on Laptops, not on all PCs (in some Windows versions). Through these settings, you can lock the computer in its current state and start from there.

For example, if you’re working on a file or an Excel sheet, after enabling the hibernate settings, it will automatically save the previous data. These settings make your device energy-efficient and improve the device’s performance. Hibernate settings are similar to sleep mode, but there is a difference in startup speed between both settings.

How to access Hibernate Settings in Windows?

To enable the hibernate settings in Windows, follow the steps:

  1. Click on the Start menu > Settings > System > Power & Sleep option.
  2. Select the Additional Power Settings option.
  3. Select Choose what the power button does, and then select Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  4. In shutdown settings, enable the hibernate settings and save changes.

An alternative way to enable Hibernate Settings:

In some Windows versions, perform the following steps:

  1. Select the Start menu.
  2. Click on the Power option.
  3. Select the Hibernate settings option.
  4. Enable the Hibernate settings.

How to enable Hibernate Settings with a keyboard shortcut?

To enable the hibernate settings with keyboard shortcuts, follow the steps:

  1. Press the Windows and X keys simultaneously.
  2. Select the Shut Down or Sign Out option.
  3. Enable the Hibernate option.

How to turn on Hibernate Settings with the command prompt?

To enable the hibernate settings with the command prompt, follow the steps:

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Open the Command Prompt.
  3. Type powercfg.exe /hibernate on the command.
  4. Hit the enter key.

How to enable Hibernate Settings with the registry editor?

To enable the hibernate settings with a registry editor, follow the steps:

  1. Press the Windows and R keys simultaneously.
  2. Type regedit in the dialog box.
  3. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power folder location.
  4. Enable the hibernate settings by clicking on the hibernate file.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to check if hibernate is enabled?

Check if hibernate mode is enabled or not by clicking on the start menu. Open the control panel and click on the system and security options. Now, select the power option. If hibernate mode is enabled, it will show the option.

Is hibernation sleeping or shutting down?

Hibernate settings use less power than sleep mode, so when you start working again, you can start from where you last left off. You don’t get access to the hibernate settings when you’re charging the device.

How to disable Hibernate mode?

If your system has been in sleep mode for a very long time, it has entered hibernation mode. For disabling the hibernate mode, you need to press the Power option, and your system starts again.


Hibernate Settings are a feature of saving the power of your system without losing the previous activity data. This mode locks your system and when you again start working you can start with the previous state.