How to Enable or Disable Hibernation in Windows 7

Enable Hibernation in Windows 7Enabling or Disabling the “Hibernate” option in Windows 7 or Vista is not as simple as it used to be in Windows XP. For Windows 7, a different approach has to be followed to accomplish the same job.

In this post you will find the information on how to enable or disable the Hibernate option in Windows 7.

Hibernation is a power saving option which was designed primarily for laptops. Unlike the “sleep mode” which puts the open documents and files into the memory, hibernation puts all the open files and documents on to the hard disk and shuts down the computer without drawing even a small amount of power.

Thus, hibernation becomes an excellent way to save power and resume the Windows back to the state where it was left off. If you really want to use this feature on Windows 7 then you need to enable this option. This can be done as follows:

Step-1. Open the Command Prompt with “Administrator rights”. To do so, type cmd in the Start menu and then hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

Step-2. Now type the following command in the command prompt and hit Enter.

powercfg /hibernate on

Step-3. Type exit and hit Enter to close the Command Prompt.

Now you should see the “Hibernate” option in the Start menu. If you still do not see the “Hibernate” option, then perform the following steps:

  1. Type Power Options in the Start menu and hit Enter.

  2. In the left pane, open the link labeled “Change when the computer sleeps” and then open the link “Change advanced power settings”.

    Now a small window will pop-up as shown below:

    Enable Hibernation in Windows 7

  3. Now expand the Sleep tree and turn off Allow Hybrid Sleep as shown in the above screenshot.

  4. You should now see the “Hibernate” option appearing in the Start menu.

I hope you like this post. If you have anything to say or have difficulties following this post, please pass comments. Cheers :)


  1. mrlmohan
    September 23, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    It workss….!!

    really help full

  2. Mars M
    October 1, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Nice Info


    Mars M

  3. divyansh
    February 15, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    great thanx dude .

  4. yogi
    April 24, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    thanx dude it also work for windows vista

  5. haris
    May 4, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    how can we enable task manager disabled by virus attack?

    • Srikanth
      May 7, 2011 at 8:08 PM

      @ haris

      Update your antivirus software and perform a full system scan. If this doesn’t help, you will have to re-install your OS.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    very nice….. it really works…..

  7. SP
    July 4, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    when i tried it says “you do not have permission to enable or disable the hibernate feature”.i am running an admin…

  8. Suraj
    July 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    it is working thanx

  9. mangesh
    July 24, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Nice Info


  10. chaitanya
    October 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM

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    October 29, 2011 at 11:51 PM


  12. harkirat
    February 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM


  13. hari
    March 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    thanks sri…….i was looking to enable hibernate option in start menu ,bt didnt founnd it,however i manged to do it..anyway thanks……

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