How To: Enable Or Disable Hibernate Option In Windows 7

In Windows XP enabling Hibernate option was a very easy task. One could navigate to Control Panel, Power Options and then Hibernate tab to enable or disable Hibernation feature. But in Windows 7,  we have to follow a different approach to do the same job.

If you are not aware of Hibernate feature, Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

Hibernate option in windows 7

So if you are really going to use this feature then you need to enable it by doing a simple procedure as mentioned below:

Step 1: Open Command Prompt with Administrator rights. To open Command Prompt, type CMD in Start menu and then hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the Command Prompt with Admin rights.

Step 2: Next, type the below command and hit enter:

powercfg /hibernate on

Hibernate command

Step 3: Type exit and hit enter to close the Command Prompt.

Step 4: If you can’t see the Hibernate option in Start menu then continue with the following tasks:

A. Type Power Options in Start menu and hit enter.

B. In the left pane, open the link labeled “Change when the computer sleeps” and then open the link “Change advanced power settings”.

Hybrid sleep

C. Under the Advanced Sleep options, expand the Sleep tree and turn off Hybrid Sleep.

D. Now go back to Start menu to see the new Hibernate entry. That’s it!

How to enable Hibernate option in Windows 8, how to reduce Hibernation file size and create a keyboard shortcut to Hibernate option guide might also interest you.


  1. admin says

    @ JC @ Kai
    Yes, enabling the Hibernate is quite a task in Windows 7. I am glad my guide helped you.

  2. JC says

    I couldn’t believe that it had to be this complicated – but it worked a treat – and really well laid out instructions and explanations – thanks a million

  3. Ron says

    never knew it was so easy to get the hibernation option to appear in the start menu… thanks!! Cheers! :)

  4. Matt says

    Thanks so much! I don’t know why things like this should be so confusing.
    Glad for knowledgeable people like you!

  5. John says

    I decided to check the power config first and turned off Hybrid sleep. This caused hibernation to work properly. Article was very helpful, Thanks.

  6. edgerlink says

    wau! that’s great finally the second option works best, I had hustled for location Hybrid sleep mode yet its not in my advance option for power in my laptop, THANKS MEN!

  7. ner0 says

    Fun fact:
    In my Windows 7 Ultimate (x64), foreign language (PT-PT), the setting “Allow hybrid sleep” is only enabled when set to “Off” and disabled when set to “On”, at least the option is only visible when hybrid mode is disabled. Meaning that after running “powercfg /hibernate on”, the hybrid sleep option is set to “On” by default yet “Hibernate is nowhere to be seen until I set hybrid sleep to “Off”.

  8. cena says

    thanx that was great.
    but why the command prompt commands shown above does not work on my computer?

  9. mateka00 says

    For those, whose computer restarts after hibernating:
    1. in cmd(run as admin): powercfg -devicequery wake_armed
    2. this command shows you, which devices are enabled to wake your machine up.
    3. After it just check these devices in the device manager and click right button->properties->power management->allow this device to wake the computer->disable it…
    And I also suggest you this article:
    Good luck!

  10. justaperson says

    Thank u so much!!!
    It really wored!!
    Your forum was one of the rare ones that gives the accurate info to the point

  11. bobby says

    Thanks so much for sharing this useful information…

    I have been wondering why I couldn’t see the hibernate entry on the start menu.

  12. James says

    Great and as people have said, good explanation. And my thanks go to you for you for your time in preparing it for others to use.
    If I could add one thing, between step C and D, in order to see the changes you’ll need to press the APPLY button at the bottom. I say this, since I was checking the Start Menu and nothing changed, then I saw the APPLY button and voila! There it was.
    So thanks again, and preciate your efforts.

  13. Jack says

    Just dropped a comment to say thank you very much. I wonder why it was disabled in the first place though.

  14. CHETANYA says

    I went through many pages offering many weird solutions……none solved my problem b4 hittn ths page….thx alot

  15. Dylan S. says

    I read this a few months ago, and after a frustrating trip through the instructions, couldn’t get it to work.
    I don’t know where I went wrong, perhaps it was that I was just getting used to Windows 7… but I missed that last part, with the Hybrid Sleep option.
    Thankfully I researched this page again, and found exactly what I needed!
    Thank you for this post!

  16. harshav says

    it really works… hibernate option has started appearing now……….thans for the help

  17. Michael says

    thanks a LOT!!! The second option was the one that worked for me. God Bless you.

  18. Gayan says

    superb great post i was looking for the way to enable hibernate feature and was really strucked but this post helped me to solve my problem thanks again.

  19. drWoo says

    Very thanks for this! It worked on my Win 7 pro 64 upgraded from Vista Business 64.

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