How to show the hibernate option in the Windows 10 power menu

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Philippe Gloaguen

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December 15, 2015 For Administration

Many users would not know a great feature to reduce the power of their laptops. There is a hibernation mode in your Windows 10 operating system, which basically aims to reduce the power by putting all data, currently open, on the hard drive and then disabling the disk. This is a very advanced power shutdown option as it consumes less power by automatically saving the current session and the PC will start up faster than usual. This feature is quite useful for those who use their systems quite frequently. For example, you have a lot of applications installed on your computer and now you need to join a meeting. So here you would expect your OS to boot faster. This would be the basic requirement for you then. This was introduced by Microsoft as a feature, which would help the operating system boot as fast and reliably as televisions.

While this is a great feature, it's not yet set by default in the Windows 10 Start menu. So if you really want to use this button often enough, you have to manually add it to the Start menu.

To do this, you need to follow this basic procedure:

Steps to recover from hibernation in the power menu

  • After clicking on it, the shutdown settings section will be activated at the end.

  • You can find the Hibernate option in the shutdown settings below. Report it. Then click "Save Changes".

Everything you need to know about the power options available on your PC


This is the most common shutdown button familiar to almost all users. This power mode uses almost no power. Close all programs, applications, files, etc. currently in use and completely shuts down the operating system. On startup, it takes time due to starting and initializing the hardware and reloading applications and program files onto it.

  1. SLEEP

It basically runs your computer in idle mode, while the computer's memory is still using some power. It takes less time to start the PC than in hibernation mode, but the power consumption is slightly higher than in hibernation mode.


This option shuts down your computer by placing currently open programs in a file on your hard drive so that they can be opened immediately when the operating system restarts.

It takes longer to open than in sleep mode, although power consumption is much lower.

  • If the PC was in sleep mode and suddenly the battery is critically discharged, the PC automatically enters hibernation mode.

How to decide what to do?

We turn off the PC, okay, but when?

Occasional reboot is essential to ensure proper operation and continued performance of the operating system. You can do it when you are not in a hurry.

Let's go to sleep / put the PC on hold, okay, but when?

If you are away from your PC for a short time, this mode is preferable.

Let's put the PC into hibernation, okay, but when?

If you will not be using your PC for a longer period, this mode is ideal to use as it saves energy and resumes work, when you start, from where you left off. At night, you can hibernate your system and then continue it in the morning. But for frequent opening and closing, this is not recommended as loading takes some time. In that case, sleep mode would be preferable.

Hope you found it useful.

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