How to Enable Hibernate Mode in Windows 8 [Pictures]

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Recently I upgraded to windows 8 by getting a new laptop and I was amazed that the environment and design is quite different from Windows 7 environment. One of the options that are available on window 7 are either disabled or hidden in windows 8. One of the basic functions that Microsoft decided to hide is hibernate mode. Unlike windows 7 where you click on Start button and at the right panel, you just over your mouse to find hibernate button.

I don’t know why Microsoft decided to hide hibernate mode from power option in windows 8, but one thing I realize with windows 8 OS is that it was designed for tablet and not desktop. Besides that, Microsoft said users don’t shutdown their system and this goes a long way to kill the battery and reduce the lifespan of the laptop. They want you to always shutdown your system

In this tutorial, I want to show you steps with pictures to enable hibernate mode on your windows 8 laptop.

Follow the 4 steps below to learn how to enable hibernate mode on your windows 8 system:

Step 1: You need to access your power options by clicking the battery icon from your system tray and select more power options from the panel that pops up.

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Step 2: When the power options window opens, look at the left panel and select “Choose what closing the lid does” as shown below.



Step 3: When the next window opens, click the blue text that says “Change settings that are currently unavailable” as shown below.

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Step 4: The settings that are hidden will become available and you need to scroll down to the bottom of the window and check the box next to hibernate. After that, click save changes to apply the new settings.

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Once you have enabled hibernate mode, you can start hibernating your laptop. Take a look at the picture below.

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