Windows 10 has some great built-in power options for your desktop or your laptop. One of which is hibernate. Like sleep, hibernate will save power when your computer is not in use. With the tap of a key or a click of your mouse hibernate will return your PC to the desktop. But hibernate differs from sleep in one important respect.
The difference between Sleep and Hibernate.
When your PC does either, it stores information about your settings, applications, and documents. But the location it stores this data differs with the option you select. Either in the RAM (memory) when it sleeps, or on the HDD (hard-drive) when it hibernates. Each option has certain advantages:
- Hibernate saves more power. When a PC is in sleep-mode, it runs in a low-power state. When it’s in hibernate, it’s basically shut down and using next to no power. Better for laptops that are used primarily on battery
- Resuming from sleep is faster. When you wake your PC from sleep, it’s almost fully functional within a few seconds. Hibernate takes longer because the PC needs to first boot up.
Which one to use?
It depends on you. Are you more likely to spend short periods away from your PC? Or do you often spend larger chunks of time away from the keyboard? If you’re only away for short periods, use sleep. Your computer will wake faster, and only use a small amount of power to remain in a sleeping state.
But if you’re in the latter category, or you have a laptop that’s often on battery power, hibernate consumes less power. This will help prevent your battery draining completely if you can’t recharge it.
How to Enable Hibernate
In Windows 10 PC’s, hibernate in the “Power Options” menu is commonly disabled by default. To enable it log in to Windows 10 with an admin account and perform these steps:
- Click the “Start” button.
- Type “power options” in the search box.
- Select the “Power Options – Control panel” entry in the results.
- In the left pane of the “Power Options” window, click the “Choose what the power buttons do” link.
- Click “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.
- In the “Shutdown settings” section, select the “Hibernate” check box.
- Click the “Save changes” button.
- Close the “Power Options” window.
Your “Power Options” menu should now include hibernate. All you have to do is click it to hibernate your computer. When you are ready to start working again, start up your PC and your applications and documents will be in the same state in which you left them.