How to Enable Hibernation in Windows

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Putting your Windows 10 computer in hibernation saves the current state of your computer and any open files so that when you power your machine back on everything you had open will load just as you left it. By default most Windows 10 computers don’t show the hibernate option in the list of power options for turning your computer off. Thankfully, if you miss the option, you can easily add it back. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.

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Steps to Enable Hibernation on Windows 10

  1. Navigate to your Windows 10 home screen, and then press the “Windows” and “R” buttons at the same time. The Run dialog box is shown.
  2. Enter “powercfg.cpl” in the Run dialog box, and then click “Enter.” The Power Options window is shown.
  3. Select “Choose what the power buttons do” in the menu on the left side of the screen. Associated options are shown on the right side of the screen. The options in the Shutdown Settings are likely not clickable.
  4. Click “Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable” directly above the options. The items in the Shutdown Settings section will no longer be grayed out.
  5. Click to place a check mark next to “Hibernate” and then click “Save Changes.” Going forward whenever you view the power off options on your Windows computer, the option to put your computer in hibernation will appear in the list.
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