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Windows 8 Tips Part 4 – Bring back Hibernate

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Windows 8 Shut down optionsWindows 8 definitely starts up very fast. Much faster than my previous Windows installations. But one thing that I got used to was hibernating. The difference between Sleep and Hibernate (According to Microsoft) is this:

  • Sleep is a power-saving state that allows a computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. Putting your computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player—the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want to resume working.
  • Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

Personally I prefer Hibernate because with sleep, the data is all stored in RAM and will be lost if the PC loses power. Hibernate on the other hand takes this data and writes it to a file called hyberfil.sys that is then loaded back into memory when the PC starts up again. But in Windows 8, the option for Hibernate is turned off by default. To enable this, do the following:

1. Position your mouse in the bottom left hand corner of your screen (where the start button used to be) and right click to bring up the context menu. Select the Control Panel menu option.

Windows 8 start context menu
Windows 8 start context menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. From the Control Panel, select the Power Options.

Windows 8 Control Panel Screen
Windows 8 Control Panel Screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. In the Power Options select the menu item, “Choose what the power buttons do”.

Windows 8 Power Options
Windows 8 Power Options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. In the System Settings screen, click on the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” option.

Windows 8 System Settings
Windows 8 System Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. You will now see that the Hibernate Menu option is enabled. Select this option and click on “Save Changes”.

Windows 8 Hibernate Power Option
Windows 8 Hibernate Power Option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. The option to hibernate your PC will now be visible under the Power Options.

Windows 8 Shut down Hibernate Options
Windows 8 Shut down Hibernate Options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hybrid Boot

Hybrid Boot (now known as Fast Startup) is an option that is turned on by default. Think of this as a combination of sleep and hibernate that provides the startup speed of sleep along with the data security of hibernate. The option should be turned on by default, but if it isn’t you can enable this option from the same settings you changed for hibernate. As always, any comments to this article are welcome.

Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.

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  • Entropy

    Also, after a 4-year-old Vista machine died, I was told that with sleep, my fan was off, but my RAM was on, and heat was my real problem. Modern computers are better off being shut down, not put to sleep. So I agree with you. Only 4 years isn’t much. There were burn marks on the inside of the case. I fried it by putting it to sleep.

    • Dirk Strauss

      I have never liked putting my machine to sleep. I do have to admit though that I completely shut down my PC at least once a week. I have had issues in the past with restoring from Hibernate, but this was on Windows 7. So far, Windows 8 has behaved well. 🙂

  • Anthony Simpson

    Great information as I was missing hibernation and thought it had gone forever – really useful, thanks. Since upgrading to W8 I’ve had lots of problems booting up – 9 times out of 10 just get a blank screen – think there is driver conflict somewhere, so I’ll try hibernating instead of shutting down and see if that works better

    • Dirk Strauss

      Hi Anthony. I’m glad that the article is of use to you. Remember the “Made for Windows” stickers on PC’s? I spoke to one of the Product Managers at Microsoft SA on Monday, and he was explaining to me that it has now changed to more of a “Made for Windows 8 Experience” which denotes specific hardware requirements that Companion Devices and Laptops/Desktops need to adhere to. One of the requirements is that Windows 8 must shut down in 2 seconds. We tested it, and it does. Another is that Windows 8 needs to boot up in 7 seconds, from pressing the power button to a usable desktop, we tested 6.5 seconds. (And with usable desktop, I mean fully functional).

      New devices being launched with Windows 8 will undoubtedly change the Windows experience for us all. I installed my copy of Windows 8 on my Dell, but I am seriously thinking of buying one of the new laptops out there preloaded with Windows 8 and made for the Windows 8 experience.

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