Vista Tip 12: Reactivate Hibernation

Vista Tip 12: Reactivate Hibernation
February 12, 2008 Jens

Hibernation is a windows feature I simply cannot live without. I love to shut down my computer and get it back on not only really fast but in the same state I left it.

After initially installing Windows Vista, I could not find my beloved Hibernation feature anymore. Annoyingly Vista has no GUI support for enabling Hibernation, but you can do it from the command line.

All you have to do is:

…and you can use Hibernation again

Of course you can disable Hibernation using this method. Just use powercfg.exe /hibernate off in that case.

Accidentally disabling Hibernation


Yes, Vista “provides” a way for accidentally disabling the Hibernation feature. Inside the Disk Cleanup program, there is an option called Hibernation File Cleaner. If you check this option, not only the Hibernation file will be deleted, but Hibernation will be disabled.

Please don’t ask me, what those guys at Microsoft thought when implementing this “feature”.

Hello! I’m Jens. A User Experience Specialist and Developer based in Bonn, Germany.


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