How to enable or show Hibernate in Windows 8 Shutdown menu

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By default settings, Windows 8 won’t show Hibernate option in the shutdown dialog box that comes up in side charm panel or via the right-click context menu on Windows start icon or even the shutdown option in App interface. Hibernate comes in handy during long trips where you want to conserve power, as battery consumption is zero, unlike the Sleep function where power is still consumed by RAM. Let’s help you to add it.

In the desktop mode, right-click on Windows icon and select “Control Panel”.

Make sure to set the view style to “Large Icons” or “Small Icons”, then scroll down and click on “Power Options”.

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In the left pane of “Power Options” dialog box, click on item “Choose what the power button does”.

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Scroll to the bottom of “System settings” window to the “Shutdown settings” section.

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You should see all the shut down options here including Turn on fast startup, Sleep, Hibernate, and Lock. Check the Hibernate box. For some reason if it is grayed out, and not able to check it, scroll to the top of the same dialog box. Click on the option “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. As soon as you click that, the option will vanish. That’s normal.

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Now again scroll to the bottom, to see the Hibernate option available to check. Check it and click OK

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Hibernate gets added to all the Shutdown menus.

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.