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Hibernation Mode

A faster way to Startup and Shutdown your Windows PC

By

Scott Sekinger

7/14/2006

 

What is Hibernation mode:

Hibernation Mode gives you the advantages of having your PC startup and shutdown faster.  It does this by saving you current  Windows session  to the hard disk of your computer, so it can be restored when you turn your PC back on.  It can help you you can preserve your batteries without taking time to close all your files and shut down, and then restart and open all your files when you’re ready to work again.

How You Setup your PC to Use Hibernation Mode:

Before you can take advantage of Hibernation mode you must first make sure that Hibernation is enabled.  To do so do the following:

  1. Log on to your PC using an administrator's account, so you can enable Hibernation mode.
  2. Open Power Options in Control Panel. (Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Power Options.).
  3. Click the Hibernate tab, select the Enable hibernate support check box, and then click Apply.

How Do I Put My PC In Hibernation Mode:

There are two ways you can put your PC in to Hibernation mode:

1. Automatically:
 You must be logged on to your computer with an owner account in order to complete this procedure.
    a. Open Power Options in Control Panel. (Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Power Options.).
    b. Select the amount of time you want your computer to wait after X amount of time of not being used. from the drop down menu next to System hibernate.

2.    Manually

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of either the Administrators or Power Users group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure.

  1. Click Start, and then click Shut Down.
  2. In the What do you want the computer to do drop-down list, click Hibernate.
  3. If you are using Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP Professional with Fast User Switching turned on, the Shut Down menu will present the options to Stand By, Turn Off, or Restart your computer. Hold down the Shift key, and the Stand By button will change to Hibernate.