How to Bring Back Hibernation in Windows 8

Microsoft left out Hibernate from the power options, but you can add it back


Microsoft's revamp of Windows with Windows 8 removed a bunch of things (like the Start button) and hid many others (such as the desktop and system image backup tool). Add to this list: The option to hibernate from the new power menu. Thankfully, you can re-enable this option.

To do this:

  1. Click on the battery icon in your system tray and select "More power options."
  2. In the power options window, look at the left panel and click on the "Choose what the power button does" link.
  3. In the next window, click "Change settings that are currently unavailable."
  4. Finally, at the bottom of the next window, check the box next to "Hibernate" and click the "Save changes" button. (See screenshot below.)

When you next visit Windows 8's power option (with the Windows + C keyboard shortcut), you'll see the Hibernate option previously missing. That's it! [h/t Redmond Pie]

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