Mar 012008

In Windows Vista, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

• The Hibernate option is not available in the Start menu power options menu.

• The Hibernate option is not available in the Shut Down Windows dialog box.

Note To open the Shut Down Windows dialog box, press ALT+F4.

• The Hibernate option is not available on the power button menu that appears on the secure desktop.

This issue occurs if one of the following cases

• The Disk Cleanup Utility and has been used to delete the Hibernation File Cleaner.

• The computer does not support the hibernation feature.

• The hibernation feature is disabled.

• The Hybrid Sleep feature is enabled.

The Hybrid Sleep feature puts the computer to sleep and generates a hibernation file when the user chooses the Sleep option in any of the power option menus. Therefore, Hibernate does not appear as a power option when Hybrid Sleep is enabled.


To resolve this issue, use the PowerCfg command-line tool to enable the hibernation feature. To do this, follow these steps.

Note :-If the computer does not support the hibernation feature, you cannot enable the feature. For information about how to use the PowerCfg tool to determine whether the computer supports the hibernation feature, see the “More Information” section.

Click Start, type command in the Start Search box, right-click Command Prompt in the Programs list, and then click Run as administrator.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Continue.

At the command prompt, type powercfg /hibernate on

That’s it now your Hibernate option should be available

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  6 Responses to “Fix for The Hibernate option is not available in Vista”

  1. Thanks it worked perfectly

  2. I hope this works, jus reinstalled xp sp 3, n this option is not available.
    Let me try. hope this works.

  3. Thank you!

  4. after also not getting hibernate

  5. i empty the recycle bin,

    how to get hibernate back.

  6. yay! hibernate!! yay!!

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