How to hibernate your Windows 10 PC: You recently read my guide on how to upgrade to windows 10 and, amazed by the extreme simplicity of the thing, you therefore proceeded to install on your laptop the latest version of the operating system of the Redmond home. You did really well, I can’t tell you more. However, if you find yourself here now, reading these lines, most likely it is because you still cannot juggle the best of the “meanders” of the new OS. In particular, you have not yet figured out how to activate the function that allows you to hibernate your computer. How do you say? Things are exactly this way and you would like to receive a little help to understand how to hibernate your Windows 10 PC? Well, don’t worry … once again you can count on me!
Before explaining how to do for the Windows 10 PC, however, I want to clear your ideas about the functionality in question. If you were not already aware of this, know that hibernating the PC consists of saving all the contents of the RAM in the hard disk. In this way, the operating system is “frozen” and, at the next startup, you can find everything just as you left it. Furthermore, precisely because the operating system is not left in RAM, hibernation consumes very little energy, thus proving to be particularly convenient on laptops, especially when there is no way to charge the battery immediately.
With clarity in this regard, if you are therefore really interested in finding out how to hibernate your Windows 10 PC, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, place yourself comfortably in front of your multimedia station and concentrate on reading this tutorial. We bet you will eventually be ready to claim that hibernating your Windows 10 PC was actually a no-brainer?
If you are interested in understanding how to hibernate your Windows 10 PC, the first thing you need to do is to activate the functionality in question on your computer. To do this, press on the search field attached to the taskbar, type control panel and then click on the first result in the list, the one under the heading Better match.
In the window of Control panel which went to open on the desktop click on the item System and security (if you can’t see it make sure that in the menu located at the top right, next to the item View by:, the option is selected Category). Then click on Energy saving options then select the item Specifies power button behavior attached to the left sidebar of the window displayed on the screen.
Click now on Change the currently unavailable settings in order to make the locked options for security reasons editable, then scroll down the page. Then put the check mark next to the entry Hibernation and finally click on the button Save changes in order to save the changes made to Windows.
As an alternative to the procedure I have just indicated, you can enable the function to hibernate the Windows 10 PC by operating from the command prompt. To do this, click on the search field attached to the taskbar, type prompt and click with the right mouse button on the first result in the list, the one under the entry Better match. Then select the item Run as administrator and presses on Yes. In the Command Prompt window that you now see on the screen, type the command powercfg.exe / hibernate on and press the button Submit on the computer keyboard.
In addition to as I have already indicated, you can choose to hibernate the Windows 10 PC using the buttons on your computer or you can make the feature be activated automatically every time the laptop cover is closed. To do this, go to the section again Energy saving options of Control panel and click on the item Specifies power button behavior located in the left part of the window that is shown to you then use the drop-down menus that are shown on the screen below Battery operated is Power supply from the mains at the items When the power button is pressed, When the sleep button is pressed is When the lid is closed to possibly define if and for which of these actions as well as for what type of power supply, enable the hibernation function on Windows 10. To choose to activate hibernation when a specific action is performed, select the item Hibernation from its menus. By default, the item is selected for all options Suspension. Then click on the button Save changes located at the bottom right to confirm the changes made.
Now that you have managed to activate the function that allows you to hibernate Windows 10 you can finally start using it on your PC. To do this, all you have to do is press the button Start on the taskbar, click on the item stops in the displayed menu and then click Hibernation. You can also hibernate your Windows 10 PC by right clicking on the menu Startby moving the mouse cursor over the item Close or disconnect attached to the menu that is shown to you and then selecting the item Hibernation.
At this point, the computer will save the work session, the documents and programs open on the hard disk and shutdown completely. The next time you turn on, you can resume your work session exactly where you left it.
Obviously, if you have to think about it in the future, you can always deactivate the function that allows you to hibernate your Windows 10 PC. To do this, simply access the section again Energy saving options of Control panel, click on the item Specifies power button behavior located on the left side of the window that appears, select Change the currently unavailable settings and then remove the check mark from the box located next to the item Hibernation visible by scrolling down the page shown on the screen. Then you will have to click on the button Save changes to apply and confirm changes made to the operating system again.
Note: If, after having hibernated the Windows 10 PC, the devices connected to it (such as monitors, printers or scanners) do not work correctly following reactivation, it may be necessary to disconnect and reconnect the device or restart the computer. You should also make sure that you have the latest drivers for all devices. If you do not know how to check that the drivers in use are the most up-to-date ones for the devices, I suggest you consult my guide on how to update drivers for free.