How to Hibernate Automatically in Windows 7

To have the hibernate feature enabled in Windows 7 in the Start Menu, one should read the corresponding post. This will enlighten you on enabling hibernation in Windows 7. But if you need the option to have your Windows 7 hibernate automatically, after some idle time, it is very easy. Just open your Power Plan Options, as prescribed in the article.

 How to Hibernate Automatically in Windows 7
Power Options in Windows 7
  1. Open the “Sleep” tree in the “Advanced Settings”.
  2. Open the “Hibernate After‘” tree, by clicking the “+” sign beside it. There will be “Setting” option. Change the value to “30 Minutes” or whatever value you feel comfortable. This will be the time, your computer needs to be inactive, before the computer goes into hibernation.

That Simple.

Update (12/10/2010).  If you’re facing problems with this automatically hibernate feature in Windows 7, there is small trick to make this task working.  But be careful changes are to be made at your own risk.

1. Open “regedit.exe” as an administrator.
2. Navigate to this key. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache and delete the last key i.e TaskCache.

But note, do this at your own caution. Backup all the tasks in task scheduler, before you perform this operation. This will delete all the tasks in the Task Scheduler, although some certain system tasks will start running again after the reboot.

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