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Hibernating a Windows 7 computer

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 cmd and hitting enter and then type shutdown /h or shutdown /h /f if you also want running applications to be forced to close. Not all PCs may support hibernate mode. You can issue the command powercfg -availablesleepstates at 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 powercfg command, - hibernate or -h, enables or disables hibernation. You can see all available options with powercfg /?.

              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.

              Reports the sleep states available on the system
              Attempts to report reasons why sleep states are unavailable.

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