How to HIBERNATE your Windows 8

The word ‘Hibernation’ is familiar to many people. In fact many have hibernated their computer systems at different points in time. However, I will give a simple sense of what it means to put your computer system in hibernate mode. Then we look at how that can be done in Windows 8 Operating System.

windows20820hibernate-100014564-origWhen you hibernate your computer system, the computer is powered down like a regular shutdown – but it retains its current working state exactly as it was when you power it up again later. Take for example, you are working on an Excel file – and you have an urgent call that requires that you leave immediately. You can just hibernate the computer, turn off the power supply, then go. When you return later and power on the system you will have your Excel document (and all other open applications) still open and intact without a single loss of information. There are several other scenarios that may warrant that you hibernate your computer, which include: saving electrical power and avoiding the burden of saving unsaved data before shutting down and restoring all running programs after powering back on.

Now to the business of the day…. In Windows 8, you shutdown your computer by locating and clicking the power button.
One thing you might have noticed, especially if you’re a laptop user, is that the Power menu, once you finally reach it, has no Hibernate option. You can click Sleep, Shut down, or Restart, but if you want to hibernate your machine, well, you’re outta luck. By default, Microsoft hid the hibernate button and thankfully it’s fairly simple to restore that valuable option. Below is the step-by-step method:

  1. On the top right hand side of your Windows 8, Click the search button (If you are on desktop view, press the Windows button on your keyboard to switch to tiles view)
  2. On the search button, then type Power
  3. Click the Change what the power buttons do.
  4. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of that window to find the “Shutdown settings” section.
  6. Click the box next to Hibernate to enable the option.
  7. Click Save changes

Congrats! Now, when you go to power down your system, you’ll see the Hibernate option in your list of choices. Also, in that same System Settings window (step 5), you can choose Hibernate for any of the “Power and sleep buttons and lid settings” options.

In other words, if you want your system to hibernate when you press the power switch or close the lid (for laptops), this is where you can configure that setting. Good stuff! I hope this helps.

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2 Responses to How to HIBERNATE your Windows 8

  1. Favour Chidinma says:

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