How do I disable hibernation mode in Windows?

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

To disable or enable hibernation mode in Windows, follow the steps below for your version of Windows.

Windows 8 an 10 users

  1. From the Windows Start Screen or Start Menu type power options
  2. Select Power Options from the returned results.
  3. In the Power Options window, click the Change plan settings link for the power option currently selected.
  4. In the Edit Plan Settings window, click the Change advanced power settings link.
  5. In the Power Options window that just opened, expand the Sleep section, then the Allow hybrid sleep option, and change the Setting to Off.

    Turn off Windows hibernation mode

  6. Click OK to save the setting change.

Tip: You can turn hibernation mode back on by changing the Setting in step 5 to On.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Power Options icon.
  3. In the Power Options window, click the Change plan settings link for the power option currently selected.
  4. In the Edit Plan Settings window, click the Change advanced power settings link.
  5. In the Power Options window that just opened, expand the Sleep section, then the Allow hybrid sleep option and change the Setting to Off.

  6. Click OK to save the setting change.

Check to see if Hibernate mode has been turned off successfully. You can do this by opening the C: drive on the computer and checking if there is a file named hiberfil.sys located at the root of the C: drive. If you see that file, Hibernate mode is not fully turned off. Follow the steps below to fully turn off Hibernate mode.

  1. Open a command prompt window.
  2. Type the following at the command prompt and press Enter: powercfg.exe -h off
  3. Verify Hibernate mode is now fully turned off by checking for the hiberfil.sys file on the C: drive.

Tip: You can turn Hibernate mode back on by following the steps above, but instead, type powercfg.exe -h on at the command prompt and change the Allow hybrid sleep setting to On.

Windows XP users

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Power Options icon.
  3. In the Power Options Properties window, click the Hibernate tab.
  4. Uncheck the Enable hibernation check box to disable the feature, or check the box to enable it. This window also displays the total space required for hibernation.

Tip: You can turn hibernation mode back on by checking the Enable hibernation check box.

Additional information

  • See the hibernate definition for further information and related links.