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Windows 7: I tried enabling hibernate function but no luck

29 Jun 2014   #1
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
I tried enabling hibernate function but no luck

I followed the tutorials here and tried editing the power settings as admin but I'm feeling that I may be missing some options?

I got the same issue here: The words "Change settings that are currently unavailable" are - Microsoft Community

I don't see the change "Change settings that are currently unavailable"

I've tried: Hibernate - Enable or Disable

What I want is an extra button next to shut down.


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29 Jun 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I think hibernate is turned on by default.

Did you ever deliberately turn it off?

Is this the tutorial you followed?

Hibernate - Enable or Disable
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29 Jun 2014   #3
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yeah and how do I know its turned on by default? Because I only see Shut down, restart, sleep, switch user, lock, log off.
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29 Jun 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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"Yeah" meaning what? I asked 2 questions. Yeah to first, yeah to second, or yeah to both?

Have you searched your drive for a file called hiberfil.sys? If you can't find it, hibernation is not enabled. I don't have that file. I got rid of it per the tutorial's instructions because I don't use hibernation and wanted to reclaim the drive space it uses.

As far as I know, hibernation is enabled by default when Windows is installed. I'd expect hibernation is enabled on a random PC unless the operator deliberately did something to over-ride the default--and I don't know yet if you ever tried to do that.
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29 Jun 2014   #5
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yeah to the second question. And when I type in that file I get a registry file which is what I had to download in step 2 in that tutorial no?

Also how much space does it take up?

If its enabled then why don't I see the option

Sorry if I'm not providing enough info to solve this issue but I don't know what more I can tell you.
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29 Jun 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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I think the hiberfil.sys file takes up amount of space equal to 3/4 of your RAM. That would be 6 GB in an 8 GB RAM system.

hiberfil.sys is found in the root of the C drive. Can you navigate to the root of C and see it there?

If you enter "powercfg -h off" at a command prompt, that file should disappear, disabling hibernation.

If you then enter "powercfg -h on" at a command prompt, it should come back and re-enable hibernation.

Since I don't use it, I know little else about it and could only refer you to tutorials.

Does your machine hibernate? That's the test. It does or it doesn't.

That tutorial gives several methods to enable and disable. I'd normally use the first method.

I assume you tried method two, which involves that reg file. Never used it as I did a simple disable via the first method.
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29 Jun 2014   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

To see if you do have a hiberfil.sys file (hibernate enabled) you need to have "Hide protected operating system files..." unchecked in Folder Options / View.

If you have "Allow hybrid sleep" set to ON in Power Options, you won't see Hibernate as an option on the Start button Shutdown options.

Here is a screen print showing what I see for these settings ...

I tried enabling hibernate function but no luck-hibsp01.png


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30 Jun 2014   #8
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thank you that solved it! I know select the hibernate option.
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30 Jun 2014   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You're welcome and glad you got it sorted.
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30 Jun 2014   #10
Wrend

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit, Debian GNU/Linux 64bit (virtual machine on a RAM drive)
 
 

Wanted to say thanks as well since because of this thread I was reminded that I wanted to disable the hibernate feature since I never use it, and the file was taking up over 50GB on my SSD...

The link to the tutorial with the command prompt enable/disable guide was useful.

So, thanks.
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