How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu

Hibernating is very simple and fast feature available from Windows XP, Vista and now in Windows 7. But by default, Hibernate feature is not available in the Start Menu options. You first need to have Hibernate enabled and have hybrid sleep turned off in your Power Plan options.

Task 1: The first task of enabling hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu is to have your Hibernate enabled. For this you need to open a elevated command prompt. So what is elevated command prompt? It is just a command window opened with Administrator privileges. So how do you do it?

  1. Click the Start Button and in search bar type “cmd” without quotes.
  2. In the search list you will get a command window option with “cmd”.
  3. Right click it and Run as Administrator.

 How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu

  1. You will have your elevated command prompt. The directory path will be C:\Windows\system32. If you have done all the operations correctly, this will be the path. If you have a different path, it is not a elevated command prompt.
  2. Type “powercfg –h on” without quotes and press Enter.

 How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu

This will enable hibernation on Windows 7.

To disable hibernation, you need to type the following in the elevated command promt window.

  • Type “powercfg –h off” without quotes and press Enter.

So now, you have Hibernation enabled in Windows 7. But the task is only half-done. This will not let you see the Hibernate button in the Start Menu bar. To have “Hibernate” button in Start Menu bar you have to do Task 2.

Task 2: To have “Hibernate” button in Start Menu you need to have “hybrid sleep” turned off in your Power Plan options. This is how you do it.

Goto Control Panel –> Power Options. ( This you can see, if you have Control Panel in “Small icons” mode).

 How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu

In the “Power Options” window, select  “Change when the computer sleeps” in the left pane.

 How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu

Now you will have the below window. Click on “Change advanced power settings”.

 How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu

Now you have “Advanced Settings” in the “Power Options” window. Click on “+” sign beside “Sleep” in the options below. You will have an option “Allow hybrid sleep” option. If the Setting is “On” click on it, it will be set to “Off”. This should be the option to have “Hibernate” in Start Menu.

 How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu

Voila, now you see the “Hibernate” feature in your Start Menu options

 How to Enable Hibernation in Windows 7 Start Menu

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