How to make Windows hibernate more often (instead of sleep) [Tip]

laptopIf you are a Windows user, you probably have seen that Windows puts your machine into sleep mode after it is inactive for several minutes or when you close the lid of your laptop. If you wish to make Windows hibernate more often, then there are a few tricks that you need to master.

Difference between the Sleep Mode and Hibernate

When your laptop goes into sleep mode, it means it goes to a power state that is lower than usual. It can wake and become usable right away because it is providing power to RAM. However, when the system is hibernated, it writes the content from RAM to the hard drive, and after that it basically turns off. To wake up, it will take longer as it goes through many of the usual boot up processes. Although it takes longer to go back to what you were doing, the advantage of hibernation is that it won’t lose your data when the power goes out, the battery dies, or any other power related issue arises. Therefore, it is recommended by many to have Windows hibernate more often, rather than going into sleep mode.

Different Ways to Make Windows Hibernate More Often

  1. Through the Change Plan Settings: One of the first ways to have Windows hibernate more often, go to Start > Control Panel, and select the option Hardware and Sound. From there, select the option Power and then Change Plan settings. From here, you can control when your computer needs to go to hibernate mode. You should understand that there are different settings in your laptop when it is using the battery and when it is directly plugged in to power. Click on the option “Change Advanced Power Settings.” Now, expand the section for Sleep and from there expand the section Hibernate After. Here, you can configure the number of minutes of sleep are allowed, after which your machine should go to the hibernate mode. If you configure 10 minutes for sleep and 50 minutes for hibernate, your system will go to sleep mode after 10 minutes and after 50 minutes it will turn off.
  2. When the battery level is critically low: Another way to make Windows hibernate more often is by making your system hibernate when the battery level is critically This helps in keeping your battery life high and also avoids the loss of data. To configure, you need to go to the advanced settings in Windows and then expand the section “Battery.” Now, under the option “Critical Battery,” you can select the action your system should take when it reaches the critical battery level.
  3. Check the Hybrid Sleep Mode: Another popular way to make Windows hibernate more often is to check if the Hybrid Sleep mode is enabled or disabled. By default, the Hybrid Sleep mode is enabled on desktops and disabled in laptops. It is better not to change the default settings, which will ensure maximum results.
  4. On Closing the Laptop or Pressing the Power Button: You can configure the option to hibernate when you close your laptop’s lid or press the Power button. Go to the Control Panel and from there choose the option Hardware and Sounds and then select the Power Options. Now, from the option “When I press power button,” you can choose the option to hibernate. You can also set the option to hibernate when you close the lid of the laptop. This is another way to make Windows hibernate more often.

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  • Mikerman

    Hybrid sleep is a good thing: a combination of hibernation and sleep, the computer sleeps but the contents are written to the disk, available should power be lost.