Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as smart battery, hibernate is a utility designed to keep both desktop and program settings when a laptop computer suddenly loses power. After your computer has rebooted, the hibernate feature restores it to the state it was in when the computer was turned off.

How to enable hibernate

For those who use later versions of Microsoft Windows, such as Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, or Vista, the hibernate option is included with the operating system. Windows 2000 and Windows XP users can enable the hibernate feature by following the steps below.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Open the Power icon.
  3. In the Power Options Properties window, click the Hibernate tab and then check the enable hibernation check box.

Users with laptops using Microsoft Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT utilize PHDISK or HDPREP to set their computer into hibernate mode.

How to get out of hibernation mode

To get out of hibernation mode on your computer press any key on the keyboard or click a button on the touchpad or connected mouse.

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