How To Add Hibernate To The Power Options Available In Windows 8.1 & Windows 10

One of the changes related to power options in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 is that the Hibernate option is not available by default on the Power menu. In order to use this feature, you have to activate it manually. That's why, in this tutorial, we will share step-by-step information on how to enable the Hibernate option in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, so that it is displayed in the Power menu. Here's how it is done:

What Is Hibernate In Windows?

Hibernate (or suspend to disk) is a way to power off your system so that you can resume your activity exactly where you left off. It is similar to Sleep, except that the system is able to keep the hibernation state for much longer, with lower energy consumption.

Furthermore, the system can maintain the hibernation state even after you disconnect it from the power source. However, resuming the system will not be instant, like when using Sleep. The resume duration will be similar to the startup procedure after an ordinary Shut Down.

Activating Hibernate will use additional space on the partition where Windows is installed. The space it takes is approximately the equivalent of your RAM memory. This space is reserved for copying information about running programs when you use Hibernate. Therefore, when you resume from Hibernate, all your opened programs, apps and files are available, exactly where you left off prior to starting the Hibernate procedure.

Read this article on Wikipedia, if you want to learn more technical details about Hibernate and the way it works.

How To Activate Hibernate In Windows 8.1 & Windows 10

Before going ahead with this tutorial, please log on with a user that has Administrator permissions, so that you can make the required changes.

In order to activate the Hibernate option, you need to open the Control Panel. If you don't know how to do this, depending on what operating system you use, read one of these articles: Introducing Windows 8.1: 9 Ways To Access The Control Panel or 8 Ways To Start The Control Panel In Windows 10. Then, click or tap Hardware and Sound.

Next, click or tap Power Options.

If you are viewing the Control Panel using large or small icons, click or tap the Power Options icon.

In the Power Options window you can choose or customize the active power plan.

More advanced options are available in the column found on the left side of the window. There press the "Choose what the power button does" option.

This will open the System Settings window, where you can set your system's power management features.

Click or tap the link that says "Change settings that are currently unavailable". The little shield corresponding to this action means that you need administrator rights to be able to make changes in the Password protection on wakeup and Shutdown settings sections.

Scroll to the bottom of the window, until you find the Shutdown settings section. Now check the Hibernate checkbox and press the Save changes button.

Hibernate is now enabled in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

How To Hibernate Your Windows 8.1 Or Windows 10 Device

Hibernate has been activated and you can find it in the Power menu, next to Shut Down or Restart.

Here's what the Power menu looks like in Windows 8.1:

If you don't know how to access this menu in Windows 8.1, read this tutorial: 7 Ways to Shut Down or Restart a Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 PC or Device.

Here's what the Power menu looks like in Windows 10:

If you are using a Windows 10 device and you want to know how to access the Power menu, read this guide: 7 Ways To Shut Down Or Restart A Windows 10 PC Or Device.

If you want to deactivate Hibernate, use the same instructions as for enabling it, uncheck the Hibernate box and press Save changes.


Now that you know how to enable the Hibernate option in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, we would like to know what do you use more often: Sleep, Shut Down or Hibernate? What is the reason you prefer to do so?
Did you miss the Hibernate option when you used Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 for the first time?