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Get Hibernate back Windows 7 Start menu Shutdown Options

Hibernate option missing from Windows 7 start menu

I notice sometimes when messing around with my Windows 7 Power Options. I accidentally turned off Hibernate in Windows 7 which means I can no longer hibernate my computer from the Windows 7 Start Menu Shutdown options when I click the arrow on the right side of the hibernate option in Windows Start Menu’s Shutdown button.

I only have the Restart, lock, log off, restart, switch user, sleep, and shutdown options in the shut down options. However, what happen to the Hibernate option, and how can I turn it back on and get hibernate back?

1. Type in “Power Options” in the Search Text box in the Start Menu, and click on the Power Options heading.

Power Options Start Menu

2. In Power Options Click on “Change plan Settings” Link for the Power settings which you are currently using.

Change Power Settings

3. In the “plan settings: Windows Click the “Change advance power settings” link.

Change Advance Power Setings

4. Go to the “Sleep” heading, and double click on it. Double click on the “Allow hybrid sleep” and set it to Off, and click Apply, or OK.

Set Hybird sleep to off

Hybrid Sleep is a mix between Hibernation and Sleep. Your Computer goes to sleep, but it also saves your files to the hibernation file on your hard disk. However, if Hybrid sleep is ON, Hibernation will be missing from the available options in Shutdown Power Saving options in Windows.

But, with Hybrid Sleep Off, Hibernation should be back in Windows in the Start menu Shutdown power saving options.

Hibernate option is back

If this does not help, someone or a program might have turned off Hibernation from the command prompt. Open up your command prompt by typing cmd in the start menu and clicking on Cmd, and type powercfg.exe /hibernate on and press enter in the command prompt.

Sometimes Uninstalling your antivirus , restarting your computer, and reinstalling your antivirus again can solve problems with your computer not being able to sleep or hibernate by randomly waking up on its own which is kind of freaky…especially if you are sleeping and your PC wakes up from sleep or hibernate. It is like the PC has a mind of its own…

I sort of wish Microsoft made it easier for turning Hibernation on and off, or make an extra option to have the best of both worlds like  “hybrid sleep, and Hibernation” on the start menu shutdown power options settings.

Good Luck Fixing or turning on Hibernation  in Windows 7. I hope this article help you out!

30 comments… add one
  • Heather October 2, 2012, 3:49 am

    Hi again,
    I sent you an email, but I don’t know if that is the right way to ask for a problem to be solved?
    I have a tremendously slow right click on the desktop, and also anything I may need to click on in the control panel.
    It takes more than a min to load. Do you have any fixes for this? I am on windows 7. 🙂
    Thanks, you have helped me before, so I thought I would take a chance on this problem as well.

  • Johnson Yip October 2, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Hi Heather,

    I replied to your e-mail about your right click and control panel problem.

    Feel free to contact me by e-mail or in the comments on blog posts on my blog here to ask for help related to computers.

  • Hypermiling October 23, 2012, 7:55 am

    I did the powercfg and that didnt work. I really would not have thought the Hybrid sleep option would disable it.

    Many thanks – Karl

  • Johnson Yip October 23, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Cool, I’m glad you got Hibernate back.

  • Ebonie July 7, 2013, 9:03 pm

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