You may be able to hibernate a Microsoft Windows 7 computer even if you don't see the hibernate option listed when you hit Ctrl-Alt-Del and click on the power button but see only the Shut down and Sleep options or if you click on the Windows Start button and then click on the arrow head next to the shut down button and see only the Sleep option. Try getting a command prompt, instead, which you can obtain by clicking on the Start button and typing
cmdand hitting enter and then type
shutdown /h /fif you also want running applications to be forced to close. Not all PCs may support hibernate mode. You can issue the command
powercfg -availablesleepstatesat a command prompt to see if hibernation mode is available on the system.
C:\>powercfg -availablesleepstates The following sleep states are available on this system: Standby ( S3 ) Hibernat e Hybrid Sleep The following sleep states are not available on this system: Standby (S1) The system firmware does not support this standby state. Standby (S2) The system firmware does not support this standby state.
Another option for the
-h, enables or disables hibernation. You can see
all available options with
-HIBERNATE, -H Enables-Disables the hibernate feature. Hibernate timeout is not supported on all systems. Usage: POWERCFG -H <ON|OFF> POWERCFG -H -Size <PercentSize> -Size Specifies the desired hiberfile size in percentage of the total memory. The default size cannot be smaller than 50. This switch will also enable the hiberfile automatically. -AVAILABLESLEEPSTATES, -A Reports the sleep states available on the system Attempts to report reasons why sleep states are unavailable.