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. DominionDavis says

    Wow!!! This Stuf works 100% Thank you, imagine no one has ever solved this head ache for me 2 years now. Lots of Love from Mombasa, Kenya.

  2. Peters Owolabi says

    The second step was very much useful.

    Thanks a lot for putting this here for the world.

  3. Brian Bee says

    I’m not sure why the Windows 7 OS to hibernate is so difficult compared to XP, but because of your instructions I was able to make the modifications within a minute.

  4. Jose Martin says

    Thanks a lot, brother. I wasted an awful lot of time studying the Help and Support and downloading and installing a new driver for the video card as advised by the Help and Support, after the OS was reinstalled and I couldn’t find Hibernate in the Start Options thereafter. Your directions solved my problem in a second! Thank you SO very much.

  5. prateek agrawal says

    thanks bro very very………….much………………………………………..

  6. smruti says


    Its helpful….
    But still I don’t log off my laptop using hibernate function in windows 7.

    So can you help me please?

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