Hibernates Windows by Closing the Laptop or Pressing the Power Button

On modern computers, Windows offers us several ways to turn the computer on or off as such. This is something that is especially evident when we refer to laptops.



You have to know that the moment we are sitting in front of the PC, working, we know that everything should work as well as possible. However, the question of what to do with it can arise when we are ready to get up and leave the PC alone. Well, so that no one else can access the data and applications contained in it, we have several ways of acting. This is something that, as we mentioned before, is especially evident if we normally work with a laptop.

Hibernates Windows

And it is that in these Windows-based computers, we will have the opportunity to customize their behavior when pressing the shutdown, or when closing the cover, for example. Well, as most of you already know first hand, at the same time Windows offers us the possibility to turn off the PC, suspend it , block it or hibernate it . We tell you all this because in these same lines we are going to tell you about everything you need to know about the last one, the Hibernate mode.

What is Windows Hibernate mode

To start with all this, we will tell you that in addition to the usual suspend or shutdown, the Microsoft operating system also allows us to use Hibernate mode . Many times, instead of turning off the computer completely, we suspend it. However, if during the suspended state the power goes out and the equipment runs out of power, we will lose everything that we have not saved before.

Hibernate mode Windows

That is why as an alternative method we can use Hibernate. This is a system that is made especially interesting in today’s laptops. For what you do not know exactly its approach, this is a state in which the computer turns off, but saves the state of the equipment. This includes, for example, open programs, so the moment we start again, we will find everything as it was.

How to activate Hibernate mode in Windows 10

Of course, in the event that you have found this method useful and alternative to suspension or shutdown as such, sometimes we will see that it is not available in the Start menu. And it is that on a multitude of occasions we can find that, when trying to access this functionality among the shutdown options of the Start menu, this one in particular is missing. Well, let’s see how to make it appear.

Activate the mode from the CMD

This is something that we will achieve from the battery section located on the right side of the taskbar. So we can access the power options of the operating system itself. Of course, on some occasions we may not find the Hibernate function , not even here, so we are going to show you a previous step. The first thing we can do in this regard then, is to open a Command Prompt window. We accomplish this by typing CMD in the Start menu search box , and open it with administrator permissions.

Open CMD Power

Then, once the new window appears, we write the following command: powercfg.exe / hibernate on.

How to make Hibernate mode available

Now yes, after restarting the computer after executing that command, right-click on the battery symbol located on the taskbar . At that time we will have the opportunity to open the Power Options feature .

Energy options

Thus, in the new window, specifically on the left side of it, we will see that there is a link called Choose the behavior of the start / stop buttons. Here a new section opens, in which we will have the possibility to click on a link called Change the configuration currently not available. This is located at the top of the window, which will give us access to customize the options located at the bottom. So, we will see how the Hibernate function will already be selectable, so we only have to check it.

Enable Hibernate options

From that moment Hibernate mode will be available in its corresponding place in the Windows Start menu.

Disable Hibernate mode so it can’t be used

Of course, it can also be the case, for various reasons, why we do not want this Hibernate mode to be available when turning off the PC. It is possible that, for example, we do not want other users of the equipment to use it. Therefore, we can always uncheck the option that we just reviewed in the energy options window. But yes, it can also be the case that we want it to disappear completely, so we run the CMD again with administrator permissions.

However in this case and in order for this function to disappear completely in Windows, in this case we will have to type the following command: powercfg.exe / hibernate off.

Disable CMD hibernate mode

Activate Hibernate by closing the lid or pressing the off button

If we finally make the determination that we are going to use Hibernate mode on our Windows computer, let’s see in what situations we can start it. In fact, the operating system itself offers us the possibility of customizing its implementation. For example, we can indicate that the PC enters Hibernation mode when we close the laptop lid, or when we press the off button.

Closing the Windows cover

To do this, right-click the battery icon on the taskbar again and open the power options. But in this case we can click on the link Choose the behavior of the lid closure. Thus, on the next screen we find three drop-down lists, two of them corresponding to the closing of the cover and the off button.

Close hibernate lid

In turn, in each section we see two lists, one for when the equipment is connected to the electrical network, and another for when it is on battery power. Therefore, in the corresponding drop-down lists, we will only have to select Hibernate, wherever we want to activate the option.