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How to bring back the hibernate button in windows 8

Updated on May 25, 2013

In Windows 8, you can Click Sleep, Shutdown and Restart but you can’t Click Hibernate because the Hibernate option was omitted from the power menu by the team at Microsoft that designed Windows 8. Luckily they didn't do away with it like they did to the Windows start button, they just hid it from the human eye and it can be brought back!

Here are the simple instructions to have the Hibernate option as an available option.

  1. You'll need to access your Control panel by right-clicking in the screen's bottom-left corner and choose Control Panel from the pop-up menu

2. Click Hardware and Sound in the Control Panel dashboard

3. In the Hardware and sound, Click Power Options

4. On the left pane of your power options screen, click " Choose what the power buttons do”

5. This will take you to the System settings. Select "Change settings that are currently unavailable"

6. While still in the System settings, Scroll down.

You will see Shutdown settings with various options listed. The hibernate option is not ticked. So make sure it is ticked by Clicking next to “Hibernate” word.

7. Click Save changes and go to the power menu to verify that the hibernate option is there. If missing, try restarting your machine.

Note: Not all Computers support the "Hibernate" feature and in order for the above fix to work smoothly, make sure you have enough space on your hard-drive.

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