One of the changes related to power options in Windows 8 and 8.1 is that the Hibernate option is not available by default, when accessing the Power menu. In order to use this feature, you have to activate it manually. That’s why, in this tutorial, I will share step-by-step information on how to enable the Hibernate option in Windows 8 and 8.1, 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 disconnecting 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 from 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 & Windows 8.1
Before going ahead with this tutorial, please log on with a user that has Administrator permissions, so that you can perform the required changes.
To activate the Hibernate option, you should open the Control Panel . Then, click or tap Hardware and Sound.
Next, click or tap Power Options.
Here is where you will change anything related to power plans and energy saving features, including enabling hibernation.
If you are viewing the Control Panel using large or small icons, click or tap on the Power Options icon.
In the Power Options window you will see the main section in the middle where you choose or customize the active power plan. More advanced options are available in the column found on the left side of the window.
On the left hand side, click or tap “Choose what the power buttons do”.
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.
Check the Hibernate checkbox, then click or tap Save changes.
Hibernate is now enabled in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
How to Hibernate Your Windows 8/8.1 Tablet or PC
Hibernate has been activated and you can find it in the Power menu, used to Shut Down or Restart your system.
If you don’t know how to access this menu, read this tutorial: 6 Ways to Shut Down or Restart a Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 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 and Windows 8.1, I 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 using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for the first time?