Thanks for the link - By trial and error I found that even with Hibernate turned off, Win 7 will
support a "sleep mode" - funny, they used to call it Standby in XP. And also funny, I have a bunch of Win 7 books and they don't address this.
Have a bunch of Win 7 books - they all refer to Hibernate and none discuss sleep much although they do discuss the Hybrid mode.
Anyway - I have Hibernate turned off and tried shutting down the computer in "Sleep Mode" the other day - it shut down fine, and "Recovered" to full status instantly when I pressed the power button to turn the computer back on. This is going to sound silly BUT -
But when the computer renewed from the "sleep Mode", instantly, everything appeared all right until, during boot up, my Norton Ghost backup program popped up a window above the system tray telling me that one of my "Backup locations" was no longer accessible. Since I keep some of my backups on my F: Drive, I did a quick check under "My Computer", and all my drives showed up except for the F: Drive.
I know Windows well enough - so I shut it right down, re-booted, and of course the F: Drive is now visible.
I don't know what caused my problem - I guess it will take time to figure out.
But I am still Happy with Windows 7
So for now, I'll make do without the "shutdown" feature that XP used to have, UNTIL I can get it to work without flaws. "Sleep" problems can be caused by a particular hardware configuration - so it may never work right on my machine.