This post shows students and new users how to enable or disable the Hibernate Mode in Windows 11 to allow Windows to shutdown while saving their work and desktop sessions. With hibernate mode enabled, you can save energy because Windows is shutdown, but resumes your work and sessions quickly when you turn your computer back on.
Hibernate mode is like sleep mode in Windows 11. The difference is with sleep mode, your desktop session and current work are saved in the system memory or RAM. It lets you resume your previous sessions quickly, but your computer is not fully shutdown.
In hibernate mode, your work and desktop sessions are saved on the system hard drive, allowing Windows to completely shutdown, and resume to your previous session when the computer is turned back on.
Either method works, however, one save a lot more energy than the other.
Not all computer are equipped with the hibernate feature. If you don’t see the hibernate feature in the Control Panel, it means your computer isn’t compatible.
The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.
The hibernate feature isn’t new to Windows 11. Infact, it has been part or Windows since XP.
To get started turning on hibernate mode in Windows 11, follow the steps below:
How to enable hibernate mode in Windows 11
As mentioned above, hibernate mode in Windows 11 allows you to shutdown your computer while saving your work and allowing you to resume your work quickly when you turn.
To turn it on, go to the Start menu, and search for Control Panel, then select the relevant result as shown below.
When the control panel app opens, go to System and Security as shown below.
On the System and Security category pane, select the link for Change what the power buttons do as highlighted below.
On the next screen, click on the link for Change settings that are currently unavailable as shown below.
Then enable Hibernate mode as shown below. Click Save changes, then exit.
Now the Hibernate button will be an option when you want to shutdown or put your computer to sleep.
How to turn off hibernate mode in Windows 11
If you change your mind about enabling the hibernate mode in Windows 11, reverse the steps above by going to Start ==> search for “Control Panel” and select the control panel app, and go to System and Security ==> Change what the power buttons do ==> Change settings that are currently unavailable then uncheck the Hibernate mode option.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to enable or disable the hibernate mode in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.