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Enable hibernate on Windows XP

Updated on June 29, 2013

Hibernate option is not enabled by default on Microsoft Windows XP computer. It is not difficult to turn on hibernate on XP. This page describes the way to turn on hibernate Windows XP. Follow the following simple steps to enable hibernate on your windows XP:

Step 1:

Click on Start menu and you will find All Programs option and just put your mouse cursor on it. All programs option will be expanded and you will find Control Panel. Just click on Control Panel.

Step 2:

The "Control Panel" window of Windows XP, has two views: Category view and Classic view. To enable Hibernate option, we need to work from Classic view mode. So, make sure you have in Classic view. If you are not in Classic view mode then you will find an option like Switch to Classic View in the top left side of the window of your XP machine.

Step 3:

There is an option Power Options in Classic mode of XP's control panel. Double-click on the Power Options icon. The Power Option Properties window will be appeared.

Step 4:

Click on Hibernate tab option from the Power Options Properties and check the option Enable hibernation option and lastly click the OK button to save all the changes.

It's time to check whether Hibernate option is now working or not. So, click on Start menu and then click on or choose Turn Off Computer dialog by clicking that option. Turn Off Compute window will be appeared with three option Standby, Turn Off and Restart. Remember, you will not see any Hibernate button there. So, how to hibernate your XP computer? Don't worry. You need to press and hold down the Shift Key and you will see the Stand By option will change to Hibernate whilst you hold the Shift Key pressed:

Following the above steps of your Windows XP computer, your computer hibernate mode will be enabled and you can easily hibernate Windows XP computer.


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      Barrett 18 months ago

      It worked for me only instead I right-click on the desktop and then I did select properties to get there

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This hub on how to enable hibernate on Windows XP is very helpful and useful for those that are new to this and don't know how to enable the hibernate option in their computers. The images coupled with the step-by-step instructions really help show readers what to do.

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Most of the new users have no idea about hibernate.

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Good for beginners. Voted up.