Hybrid Sleep for Windows 7 Desktop After Idle Time

Before you read the post, you must know the difference between sleep, hybrid sleep and hibernate. If you’re still unsure, what they mean you can read this post on the differences between . Though I’m not sure with Vista, there is a great option in Windows 7 where you can make the system hibernate if it goes to sleep. As I mentioned in the post earlier, sleep is a power-saving feature which will save energy and will resume the system state to original upon moving a mouse or keyboard. But what if there is power failure? The system state is lost! This is because, system state is stored in memory only, in sleep. If you want to store the system state on hard disk, then you need to use hibernate.

 

There is another option alternate to hibernate and sleep called hybrid sleep. So if you put the system to sleep and there is a power failure, then the system goes to hibernate automatically if you put the system to hybrid sleep.

How to Automatically Hybrid Sleep after Idle time

 

Open the Control Panel. Start > Control Panel.

View the Control Panel in Small icons mode.

Double Click on Power Options.

 

 Hybrid Sleep for Windows 7 Desktop After Idle Time

 

Click on Change plan settings. This will open the window in the screenshot below.

 Hybrid Sleep for Windows 7 Desktop After Idle Time

Now, in the drop down menu for putting the computer to sleep, select the amount of time to put the computer to sleep after “x” minutes of idle time. This will put the computer to sleep after selected amount of idle time. Now click on Change advanced power settings.

 

 Hybrid Sleep for Windows 7 Desktop After Idle Time

In the Power Options window, select the power profile (for e.g Balanced (Active) as I choose in the screenshot). In the below pane, click on the + sign next to Sleep. Then click on + sign next to Allow hybrid sleep and click on next to Setting.  If this is Off, click the drop down menu to select On. That’s it! You’re hybrid sleep is automatically selected.

 

So what happens!

If you’ve made the computer to sleep or after “x”minutes of idle time you choose to make the computer sleep and there is a power failure, the computer will hibernate automatically. So there is no problem to the system state and you can easily restore back to the formal state that you were in before sleep mode.

 

Note: I made this post especially for desktop as Windows 7 recommends this option for desktop. Laptops can use hibernate option. If you want to , you can read the corresponding post.

 

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