Hibernate in Windows 10 is a kind of sleep mode that is designed specially for laptops and tablet. When you do not use your system for an extended period you can put your system in hibernation mode like you put your system in sleep mode to save the power of your system.
When you put your system in sleep mode it turns off most of the system hardware and store the current information on the RAM, still it uses little electricity. In sleep mode your system wakes up within few seconds. When you put your system in hibernation mode it saves your current work in hard drive and shuts your system down and use zero electricity. To wake from hibernation mode, your system needs a bit more time than sleep mode.
The main advantage of hibernation over sleep mode is that in the hibernation mode your system uses zero electrical power so it saves your laptops or tablets power for a longer period.
Steps to Hibernate in Windows 10:
Enable Hibernate in Windows 10
Step 1: Search for the ‘Command Prompt’ in Windows 10 in Windows search box.
Step 2: In the search result right-click on the Command Prompt and from the available option click on ‘Run as Administration’.
Step 3: In command prompt type the command
This command will list up all the sleep states that are available in your computer as you can se in the image below.
If you do not find the hibernate sleep state in the list of sleep states available then you may execute the following command.
powercfg /hibernate on
Add Hibernation to Power Menu
Step 1: To add hibernation to the power menu open the ‘Control Panel’ and click on ‘Hardware and Sound’.
Step 2: Next you have to search and click on ‘Power Options’ to update the power menu.
Step 3: Further to add hibernate state to the power button click on ‘choose what the power buttons do’.
Step 4: Click on ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’ this will enable you to change the ‘Shutdown settings’.
Step 5: Under ‘Shutdown settings’ now you can enable ‘Hibernate’, this will show the hibernate option in power menu. Click on ‘Save changes’ to save the modifications.
Now click on Power button and here you can see Hibernate option.
Customize Hibernation Settings
To hibernate your computer automatically you can configure the hibernate settings. With following steps, you can set the hibernation timer.
Step 1: Again, in control panel click on ‘Hardware and Sound’ and then go to ‘Power Options’.
Step 2: Now to customize the power plan click on the ‘Change plan settings’ under Preferred plans.
Step 3: Further you have to click on ‘Change advanced power settings’ as you will find the hibernation timer in advanced power settings.
Step 4: In advance settings you have to search and expand Sleep option. Under Sleep you have to expand ‘Hibernate after’ where you can set the hibernation timer. Like in the figure below you can observe I have set hibernate after to 5 minutes. So, after 5 minute my computer will automatically go into hibernation.
So, in this way you can enable the hibernation option on to your system. This hibernation facility is designed for laptops and tablets.