Enabling and Disabling Hibernate Option in Windows 11

How to enable Hibernate in Windows 11

Instantly Resume Your Work with Windows 11’s Power-Saving Hibernate Mode

Hibernation is very similar to the term we often use in biology. This term indicates a state of inactivity and maintaining strength. Hibernation mode in Windows saves an image of all files and programs opened in the system on the hard disk and then completely shuts down the system.

When you restart your system, it invokes the Hibernation image file and restores Windows to the state you left it in. With this feature, users don’t have to close any programs or interrupt their work. In Hibernate mode in Windows 11, shut down the system without closing any open programs and documents, and then easily restore it when you need to resume work.

What are the advantages of using Hibernate mode?

The biggest advantage of Hibernate mode is that you don’t have to shut down your system. You don’t have to close all running programs and then reopen them at the next boot.
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Let’s say you’re working on a project and you get a low laptop notification and there’s no charger nearby to recharge your laptop. When the laptop battery runs out and shuts down, it closes all running programs and processes. So, if you can’t save it at that moment, all your efforts will be wasted when the laptop turns off.

To get rid of this problem, you can use Hibernate mode. Hibernate mode in Windows 11 saves all running programs and processes in the hiberfil.sys file on the system hard disk and then shuts down the system. When you restart your system, Windows will go back to the point where it stopped from hiberfil.sys file to restore. All programs and files that were running will remain. So, you can easily go back to continue working on whatever program or file you were on.

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Apart from the low battery issue, you can even use the Hibernate feature to extend your work schedule without closing any apps or files. However, it is better to use the hibernate feature only when necessary.

How to check if Hibernate mode is active or not in Windows 11

Microsoft has disabled the Hibernate feature in Windows by default. So, if you haven’t seen or used this feature in Settings before, it’s probably disabled. To check this, click on the Start menu and then click on the power button.

If you see the Hibernate option along with sleep and restart in the list, it means it is active. Otherwise, you must enable this feature in your system.

You can also use Alt + F4 combination keys to open the Shut Down Window to make sure it is enabled or disabled. Here, you can click on the drop-down list and check if the Hibernate option is visible along with other power options.

How to enable and disable Hibernate mode in Windows 11

There are different ways to enable the Hibernate feature in Windows 11. You can enable this feature by using the control panel, command prompt, and change in registry.


Using the Control Panel

Windows 11 introduced a new user interface that unfortunately removed the old Control Panel power option shortcut. Instead, when you click on the battery icon, the battery settings page will open. There is no option to enable Hibernate using this page. Therefore, you need to access the Control Panel and enable the Hibernate feature from there.


Via Control Panel Power Options

The easiest way is through the Control Panel power options. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel and click on “Power Options”.
  2. Click “Change plan settings” next to your current power plan.
  3. Click “Change advanced power settings”.
  4. Expand “Sleep” and click on “Hibernate after”.
  1. Change the time to enable hibernate after a period of inactivity.
  1. This will allow your Windows 11 PC to hibernate automatically after being idle for a set amount of time. You can also manually hibernate from the Start Menu after enabling this.

Using Command Prompt/PowerShell

You can use Command Prompt or PowerShell to turn hibernate on if it’s missing from the Control Panel. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt or PowerShell as administrator.
  2. Type powercfg /hibernate on and press Enter.
  3. Restart your computer for changes to take effect.

After running this command, hibernate should be enabled and accessible from the power options.

Via Registry Editor

The hibernate setting can also be changed by editing the registry. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
  3. Change the value of HibernateEnabled to 1 to enable hibernate.
  4. Restart your PC for the change to take effect.

Be careful when editing the registry as incorrect changes can cause system issues. Enable hibernate via Control Panel if possible.

 Hibernate or Sleep is better?

Sleep mode puts the computer in a very low power mode and saves all open programs and files in RAM. On the other hand, Hibernate saves all opened programs and files on the hard disk and then shuts down the system.

Sleep mode is useful when you want to take a quick break and then resume work without shutting down your system. Hibernate is useful when you are away from the system for a while and cannot close your active programs and files.


To sum up, Hibernate mode is a useful power-saving feature in Windows 11 that allows you to resume your work seamlessly. When Hibernate is enabled, Windows saves your open documents and programs to disk and completely powers down your machine. Upon waking your PC, Hibernate restores your system state from when it entered hibernation so you can pick up right where you left off.

The main advantage of using Hibernate over Sleep is that it consumes almost no power while asleep. This makes it ideal for laptops when you need to store them away for extended periods. Just make sure to charge your battery adequately before hibernating.

Follow the steps outlined in this guide to easily activate Hibernate mode in Windows 11. Adjust the Hibernate settings to suit your usage patterns for the best efficiency. With Hibernate enabled, you don’t have to go through the full boot sequence every time you power up your computer.

1 thought on “How to enable Hibernate in Windows 11”

  1. Really enjoyed reading this article! I had no idea how to enable Hibernate mode in Windows 11 before. Your step-by-step instructions were incredibly straightforward and practical. Thanks for sharing this valuable information!

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