It’s a well known fact that Windows 8 boots significantly faster than earlier versions of Windows, including Windows 7. So, in Windows 8, you can opt for the shut down option instead of hibernation. But what if you would like to save applications and documents state using the hibernation feature?
If you are new to hibernation feature, it’s a power saving state where Windows saves the system state and memory contents to a file on disk (hiberfil.sys), then reads that file back on system resume to restore the contents to memory. Off all the power-saving states in Windows 8, hibernation uses the least amount of power.
You can enable the hibernate option in Windows 8 by following the simple procedure given below:
Step 1: Launch Power Options in Control Panel. To do this, you can follow one of the methods given below:
a. Type Windows + R keys to launch Run dialog box. In the Run dialog, type powercfg.cpl and then Enter key to launch Power Options. This is the simplest method to open Power Options in Windows 8.
b. Go to Windows 8 Start screen, click on Control Panel tile to open Metro style Control Panel. In the Metro Control Panel, browse down and then click More settings to launch the good old Control Panel. In the Control Panel go to System and Security and then Power Options.
Step 2: In the left pane of Power Options window, click on Choose what the power buttons do to open System Settings.
Step 3: Under System Settings, click on Change settings that are currently unavailable to see settings to enable Sleep, Hibernate and Lock options. Check the box named Show Hibernate and click Save Changes button.
Step 4: Open Power Options menu to see Hibernate option. Good luck!
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