Windows 10 Tutorials 60 – How to Enable or Disable Hibernate

How to Enable or Disable Hibernation in Windows 10

Hibernation can be a useful tool if you want to completely shut down your PC but at the same time you want to continue working where you left off before shutting it down. This article will guide you on how to enable or disable hibernation and the ways that you can do it.

Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate

Before we move on, it’s important to understand what is the difference between putting the PC to sleep/hibernate mode. That is so that you can understand where you should, or shouldn’t enable it.


Sleep mode puts the computer into a power saving state by disabling all the components of the computer except the RAM memory. That is because the RAM modules need to be supplied with electricity all the time, or they’ll lose any data that is stored to them.

The PC will wake up in seconds as all it has to do is to power up all of its components again. There are no known downsides to sleep mode except the fact that it still uses a minimal amount of electricity.


Hibernation transfers everything from the RAM memory to the main storage drive that you have and then proceeds to power off the computer. When you boot up the PC again, the data that was saved on the storage drive will once again get transferred to the RAM memory.

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That will result in having your PC running again at the very same spot that you powered it off. Hibernation uses almost no electricity since the computer is turned off, but as it requires a small amount of data to be transferred, it’s a bit slower than putting the computer to sleep.

It was mostly created for Laptops but it’s also useful for those who are using a desktop with an old school HDD drive, they commonly have slow transfer speeds which results in an extremely slow boot time. Using Hibernation on a desktop with an HDD will drastically improve the boot time. (It’s not really booting but you get the point)

Attention: SSD Users

Do not use Hibernation if you have an SSD as your main storage drive. The more data that you write on an SSD, the sooner that it will fail. Hibernation writes data to the drive each time that you use it which will lower the lifespan of an SSD even if for a little.

If you consider how many Terabytes the average SSD can withstand, then it really doesn’t seem like a big deal. But, then again, what for? SSD drives offer super fast boot times since the let go, there is really no advantage in using hibernation when you have an SSD.

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Ways To Enable/Disable Hibernation

Now you know how Hibernation works and how it’s different than sleep mode. If you’re still up for enabling/disabling it, you can you can do so with:

  1. The power button
  2. The sleep button
  3. Closing the lid (if you have a Laptop)

You can also set it as a power option or you can set your computer to hibernate automatically after a certain amount of time. To disable it just replace the hibernate option with the desired action.

Hibernating With Power/Sleep Button, Lid, Power Option

Hibernating with power button

To open the menu that you see above on the screenshot:

  1. Right click on the Windows icon at the lower left part of your taskbar
  2. Select “power options”
  3. On the upper right corner, select “additional power settings”
  4. Then click on “choose what the power buttons do”

Afterwards, you can choose to hibernate with the power button, the sleep button, by closing the lid of your Laptop, or you can make it so that all of them will hibernate your PC.

If you want to have the hibernate option on your power options, you can click on the “change settings that are currently unavailable” button on the same window, then you’ll have the option to have hibernate on your power options by clicking on that setting (still on the same window).

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Hibernating Automatically After A Certain Amount Of Time

Automatic Hibernation


To enable automatic hibernation, close the last window that you were in, select “change plan settings” on your current active plan, then select “change advanced power settings”.

Rolling downwards on the window that came up you’ll see an option that says “sleep”, clicking on it will reveal the options.

At this point, you can set your PC to either sleep or hibernate after a certain amount of time.

Advanced Options

In the rare case that hibernate is not visible anywhere, you can enable it by using the hibernate command.

To do that, right click on the Windows logo which is on the lower left part of your taskbar, open Windows Power Shell as Admin, then copy and paste this command to turn on hibernation.

powercfg.exe /hibernate on

In order to turn it off again, copy and paste this command.

powercfg.exe /hibernate off

Leave a Comment:

WillyThePooh says May 4, 2015

So far, I have no luck with hibernate. I usually just put it to sleep only. Maybe it will be better in winX.

    László Ürge says October 1, 2015

    So you go to Windows 10 key + X –> Power options –> Change plan settings –> Change advanced power settings –> Scroll down to “Power buttons and lid” –> Sleep button action –> Change settings to Hibernate 🙂

Said Bakr says August 7, 2015

How could I make the hibernate option available in the power button of the start menu?

    לינדזי גאווין says August 17, 2015

    I want to know this also

      Said Bakr says August 18, 2015

      I got it. Go to `Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsPower OptionsSystem Settings` i.e from Power Options click on `Choose What the power buttons do` then click on `Change settings that are currently unavailable` then scroll down and check `Hibernate`

        muhammad says August 23, 2015

        there is no hibernate

          Said Bakr says August 24, 2015

          Are you sure that your computer has been performed hibernate before Windows 10? How much does your computer’s RAM?

        David Abraham says November 20, 2015

        Worked for me. Thanks!

        Daria says November 23, 2015

        This worked, thanks so much!! I had to go to power options but didn’t have system settings…on the left though where it has those little links, it shows it. if it’s not working for you make sure you remembered to scroll down and check it, you have to do that for it to show.

        Kevin Kinoti says February 3, 2016

        Thanks. This was what i was looking for when i came to this website.

        Nims says April 1, 2016

        Thanks Said!

    Chris Sandiford says March 4, 2016

    Run Command prompt as Admin (Win + X.. Command Prompt (Admin)), say Yes. Type powercfg -h on. The reverse is logically powercfg -h off.

Chris Whiteway says October 26, 2015

CTRL + X >>>> Power Options >>>> Choose what power buttons do >>>> At the bottom is Shutdown settings…. You’re welcome.

    Sèamus says November 3, 2015

    Haha, thank you, that’s what all this article had to contain to do it’s Job.

    MGApcDev says December 26, 2015

    Why is this not in the article xD, ty

    Chris Sandiford says March 4, 2016

    Windows + X. You’re welcome also.

    Greener says May 8, 2016

    Thanks! Article author is stupid!

Josh says December 31, 2015

Thank you Said Bakr. You solved this for me. As for this website, I’m shocked at how utterly useless the tutorial provided is.

omene says April 27, 2016

My windows 10 has always had the option to hibernate. Few days ago I noticed dat when I close d lid instead of it to hibernate as it usually does it started to sleep.. I went fact finding and found out that d hibernate option has virtually disappered. … av tried to folo all dese instructions here but I still can’t get my hibernate option back… Plas help

    InvictusX53 says December 3, 2016

    You can set your pc to hibernate by: Windows Button + X>>Power Options>>Change plan settings (on the plan you are using)>>Change advanced power settings>>Power button and lid>>Lid close action>> Then select either on battery or plugged in>>Hibernate. Now whenever you close your lid, you immediately hibernate. Hope that helps, though it is a bit late to say this.

Magicrafter13 Gaming says July 26, 2016

None of these worked, hibernation shows up nowhere in power settings or otherwise (yes I’m admin, and yes it Windows 10)

    TheLady says July 28, 2016

    I would offer that you read Said Bakr’s instructions by going into the Control Panel…etc. Microsoft has made it a bit user friendly to get there but, its there. It as it is hidden behind Change settings currently unavailable.

Richard Cheese says August 3, 2016

Holy shit this website sucks balls. I’m fucking sick of wading through 1000 ads just to find basic information.

InvictusX53 says December 3, 2016

You can set your pc to hibernate by: Windows Button + X>>Power Options>>Change plan settings (on the plan you are using)>>Change advanced power settings>>Power button and lid>>Lid close action>> Then select either on battery or plugged in>>Hibernate. Now whenever you close your lid, you immediately hibernate. Have fun!

DrDhanwantari G Pancholi says March 3, 2017

I did everything said above but nothing happens since one week. Formerly hibernation option was there.

piet stilkenboom says April 17, 2018

Switching off hibernation also has a disadvantage. Every time you shut down your computer, you also have to save all changes, otherwise they will be lost. So a (slightly) shorter life span of the SSD is worth considering.

    George says April 18, 2018

    Of course. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. The whole lifespan thing had to be mentioned because many non-tech savvy people are unaware of this.

irwin says April 23, 2018

powercfg.exe /hibernate on does NOT work!
the following items are preventing hibernation on this system.
an internal system component has disabled hibernation
Windows To Go

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