How to enable ‘Hibernate’ option in the Power menu on Windows 8

Hibernate Windows 8 bear

Hibernation is a feature in Windows 8 and in previous versions of the operating system, primarily designed to save power in laptops, but did you notice that the option isn’t available in the Power menu in Windows 8? Where is it? Is it gone? – The feature isn’t gone, it’s just not being displayed by default, follow these simple step-by-step instructions to bring the Hibernate option to the Power menu:


1. Press Windows 8 Logo Monochrome +I to bring the Settings menu and click Control Panel.

2. From the Control Panel, click on Power Options.

3. Then from the left-pane menu, click the Require a password on wakeup” link.

Require a password on wakeup

4. In the next page, click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link.

5. From the Shutdown settings section, click Hibernate and finally click Save changes.

Hibernate Power Windows 8

That is all, now use the Windows 8 Logo Monochrome +I to bring the Settings’ menu and when you click Power, the Hibernate option should be available.

Hibernate in Power menu

Hibernate is a great feature that, unlike the sleep mode that puts your work and settings in memory and draws a tiny amount of power, it grabs open files and programs and saves them on your hard drive; then the computer turns off. Which means better battery life and that, for example, you can unplug or take out the battery of a laptop and later when you resume Windows, you can pick up where you left-off.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].