May 3, 2014
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How to Enable or Disable Hibernate in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable hibernate and restore or delete the hiberfil.sys file inWindows 7 and Windows 8.

When hibernate is disabled, the Hibernate option is missing from the Start Menu (Windows 7 only), Shut Down Windows dialog, Power menu (Windows 8 only) and the Advanced Power Plan Options

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial

By default, the size of the hidden protected OS hibernation file (C:hiberfil.sys) is 75% of the total amount of installed RAM on your computer.

  • You can set your computer to either use or not use the Hybrid or Hibernate sleep mode option from the Advanced Power Plan Options.
  • In Windows 7, you will only see Hibernate listed in the Start Menu power button arrow menu if you have Hybrid turned off in the Advanced Power Plan Options.

1. To Enable Hibernate

NOTE: This step will restore the hiberfil.sys file, and the Allow hybrid sleep and Hibernate after Power Options underSleep.

A) Open a Elevated Command Prompt.

B) In the elevated command prompt, type powercfg -h on and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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C) Close the elevated command prompt.

D) If you would also like to have hibernate turned on, then you will also need do to step 2 in OPTION FOUR below.

2. To Disable Hibernate

NOTE: This step will disable hibernation, delete the hiberfil.sys file, and remove the Allow hybrid sleep and Hibernate afterPower Options under SleepThis will also disable fast startup in Windows 8.

1. Open a Elevated Command Prompt.

2. In the elevated command prompt, type powercfg -h off and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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3. Close the elevated command prompt.




 OPTION TWO 

To Enable or Disable Hibernate using a REG File Download

1. To Enable Hibernate

NOTE: This step will restore the hiberfil.sys file, and the Allow hybrid sleep and Hibernate after Power Options underSleep.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.

Enable_Hibernate.reg

download

2. To Disable Hibernate

NOTE: This step will disable hibernation, delete the hiberfil.sys file, and remove the Allow hybrid sleep and Hibernate afterPower Options under SleepThis will also disable fast startup in Windows 8.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.

Disable_Hibernate.reg

download

3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. Click/tap on RunYes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Restart the computer to apply the changes.

7. If you would also like to have hibernate turned on, then you will also need do to step 2 in OPTION FOUR below.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




 OPTION THREE 

To Enable or Disable Hibernate in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu, type regedit in the search box, and press Enter.

2. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPower

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3. In the right pane of the Power key, double click/tap on HibernateEnabled, and do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot above)

4. To Enable Hibernate

NOTE: This step will restore the hiberfil.sys file, and the Allow hybrid sleep and Hibernate after Power Options underSleep.

A) Type in 1, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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B) Go to step 6.

5. To Disable Hibernate

NOTE: This step will disable hibernation, delete the hiberfil.sys file, and remove the Allow hybrid sleep and Hibernate afterPower Options under SleepThis will also disable fast startup in Windows 8.

A) Type in (zero), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

B) Go to step 6.

6. Close regedit, and restart the computer to apply the changes.

7. If you would also like to have hibernate turned on, then you will also need do to step 2 in OPTION FOUR below.




 OPTION FOUR 

To Turn Hibernate On or Off in Power Options


NOTE: This option does not disable hibernate, but only turns it on or off for your power plan.

1. Do either step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Turn On Hibernate

NOTE: You could also use a hibernate shortcut to manually put the computer into hibernation instead or in addition to this option.

A) If you have not already, then you will need to enable hibernate using either OPTION ONEOPTION TWO, orOPTION THREE above first.

B) Open the Advanced Power Plan Settings for your power plan, then expand Sleep. (see screenshot below step 4)

C) Under Hibernate after, set the Setting (Minutes) to how many minutes you want your computer to sit idle for before it goes into hibernation. (see screenshot step 4)

D) Go to step 4.

3. To Turn Off Hibernate

NOTE: If you disabled hibernate using OPTION 1, 2, or 3 above, then there’s no need to do this since Hibernate after andAllow hybrid sleep will no longer be listed in your power options.

A) Open the Advanced Power Plan Settings for your power plan, and expand Sleep. (see screenshot below step 4)

B) Under Hibernate after, set the Setting (Minutes) to Never. (see screenshot below step 4)

C) Under Allow hybrid sleep, set Setting to Off. (see screenshot below step 4)

D) Go to step 4.

4. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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That’s it,

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