How to: Enable Hibernate Option in Windows 10

Hibernation is a state in which the Windows PC saves the current state and shuts itself down so that it no longer needs power. When the PC is turned on again, all open files and programs are restored to the same state as they were before hibernation. Windows 10 by default does not include the Hibernate option under the power menu, but there’s an easy way to enable it. Here’s how to make Windows show Hibernate alongside Shut Down in Power menu.

Enabling Hibernation on a Windows 10 PC

To enable the Hibernate option in Windows 10, make sure that your system hardware supports hibernation and then follow the steps below to enable it.

  1. Open Power Options by typing Power Options in Start and choosing the first result.
    Alternatively, you can right-click on the Start button and select Power Options.
  2. Select Choose what the power buttons do from the left panel.choose what power button does power options
  3. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.change unavailable settings win 10 power options
  4. Now check the box in front of Hibernate – Show in Power menu under Shutdown settings.
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  5. Finally click on Save settings and you will now find the Hibernate option under the Power menu on Start or Win + X menu.hibernate power options start 10
Love hibernate? Make sure that you still properly shut down your PC once in a while to keep it working normally.
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62 Responses to How to: Enable Hibernate Option in Windows 10

  1. Zach October 17, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    Thanks for posting this. The steps were easy to follow and saved us all a load of time.

  2. Nancheng Ding December 8, 2016 at 3:20 am #

    good job.

  3. gabriel December 8, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    thanks that really worked. Now i can really hibernate my computer 🙂

  4. matty34 December 10, 2016 at 1:48 am #

    Hibernate is not in the list of shut-down settings

    • Narender Singh December 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

      In that case, there’s one of the two reasons:
      1. You have not installed the system chipset drivers.
      2. Your hardware just does not support hibernation and it will not work.

      • philip January 28, 2017 at 11:25 pm #

        That means your graphics driver has not been installed, install your system graphics driver and try again.

  5. deddybong December 25, 2016 at 7:42 am #

    Thanks for the post

  6. Hari January 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm #


  7. Alaa January 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    Thank you for the easy way, it was so helpful))

  8. nadin February 19, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    thank u so much

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