New subscriber Warren David had a question about Windows 7 that I’d not thought much about before…
Is there a way to Hibernate in Windows 7 ?
Yes, there is. In a sense, it’s even enabled by default. It’s just not obvious, since the Hibernate selection doesn’t show as one of your Shutdown options on a desktop computer.
That’s easy to change, though, if you really want to change it. You can make changes to the settings by going to Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options.
Pick the Power option you use (such as Balanced (recommended)). Click on "Change plan settings." Then, click on Change advanced power settings.
Now, you see dialog box like the one below, except that the Sleep line is still collapsed and has a Plus Box beside it. Click on the Plus box to expand so you can see the options.
The key is the selection for Hybrid Sleep.
In Microsoft’s words:
Hybrid sleep is designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep is a combination of sleep and hibernate—it puts any open documents and programs in memory and on your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state so that you can quickly resume your work. That way, if a power failure occurs, Windows can restore your work from your hard disk. When hybrid sleep is turned on, putting your computer into sleep automatically puts your computer into hybrid sleep. Hybrid sleep is typically turned on by default on desktop computers.
If you still want to have Hibernate as one of the options, as opposed to using the more flexible/powerful Hybrid Sleep, all you need to do is to turn off the Hybrid Sleep option.
Now, your Windows 7 shutdown options show both Hibernate and Sleep.
Note that this "Sleep" is not Hybrid Sleep. I don’t see that you can trigger Hybrid Sleep — if you want to manually trigger shutdown of the computer, you can choose Hibernate or Sleep or you can click the Shutdown button.