How To Turn Off Hibernate In Windows 10

Are in need of some extra free space on your Windows 10 computer? You can save gigs of disk space with learning how to turn off hibernate in Windows 10 by reading on and following my simple how-to guide below. But first, for those that don’t know exactly what hibernate mode is. I will explain it below.

 

What Is Hibernate Mode?

 

Hibernate mode, usually enabled by default on most laptops and PCs, allows your computer to start up faster by taking a snapshot of your system apps and unsaved documents before shutting your computer down. Even if your computer has been without power for weeks, it will still boot up right from where you left off.

Please note: If you are looking to gain some extra gigs of disk space by turning off hibernate on your computer, you will no longer be able to take advantage of the fast startup feature in Windows 10, which speeds up your boot time by combining shutdown and hibernation.

 

Here’s my video on how to turn off hibernate in Windows 10

 

 
 

 

Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to turn off hibernate in Windows 10

 

1. On your keyboard, press the Windows + X keys or by using your mouse, right-click on the Start button to open the advanced options pop-up menu.

 

Command Prompt Step 1

 

2. Select Command Prompt (Admin) by left-clicking on it. Click on the Yes button to proceed and continue if you are prompted by the User Account Control pop-up window.

 

CommandPromptStep 3

 

3. Once the command prompt window opens, simply type in powercfg.exe /hibernate off followed by pressing the Enter key. Then close the command prompt by pressing the x in the top right corner.

 

Command Prompt Step 4

 

Want to Turn Hibernate Back On?

 

4. To turn hibernate in Windows 10 back on, open the Command Prompt (Admin) again, as you did above but instead type in powercfg.exe /hibernate on followed by pressing the Enter key. Exit the Command Prompt and you are done.

 

Command Prompt Step 5

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “How To Turn Off Hibernate In Windows 10

  • March 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    I love your how-to posts. Just the type I need when I run into a PC problem. Great step-by-step instructions. Thank you!

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    • March 17, 2016 at 10:30 am
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      Glad my how-to posts are clear and easy to follow along with. You are very welcome and thank you for taking the time to post a comment.

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  • March 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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    Thank you for this information. I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and it’s really difficult to learn all the quirks without a little help. It is very user friendly but I still need help from time to time. Thanks again! This was helpful.

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    • March 17, 2016 at 10:32 am
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      It can happen, especially when upgrading from a previous version of Windows. It can take some time to figure out those quirks without a little help. Glad, though, that my information in this post could be helpful to you and if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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  • March 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm
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    Hi, Chris!
    Thank you very much for posting this. I am currently working in a Drug Store Electronics Department, and this has been a very popular question. Sadly, I have always had to direct them to a computer tech, because I had no idea how to help them. Now I do! You have just made a stressful job a bit easier to handle every day. Thanks again.

    Keep up the great work.
    Cheers,
    Darcy

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    • March 17, 2016 at 11:02 am
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      Glad to hear Darcy that I can make a stressful job easier to handle every day and now you won’t have to wait for a computer tech to get information you need to master your technology. Wonderful to hear that I could be of help. Thanks for letting me know that it did, much appreciated.

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  • March 16, 2016 at 11:38 pm
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    That is definitely a good tip plus awesome step by step instructions. I really did’nt know that we can keep our computer hibernated for weeks and open to find all the incomplete stuff as I left it..did I get that right?

    And is this the way I can do it on win7 and win8?

    Thanks 🙂

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    • March 17, 2016 at 11:23 am
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      You did get that right Hari, you can. The commands should work for Win 7 and Win 8. I will test that out and get back to you on that. It’s crazy to think about all the things that computers do that it even astonishes me at times to keep up with it all.

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  • March 17, 2016 at 5:59 am
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    I didn’t even realize the hibernate function used so much memory, nice to know it’s easy to turn on and off. Great post and clearly laid out.
    Here’s a question on a completely unrelated subject. I’ve got a new SSD for my laptop (acer v5-122p). I’m trying to clone the HDD but the cloning always fails half way through telling me one of the files is corrupt. Any idea how i can get round this? the software I’m using for the cloning is Macrium reflect.
    Sorry to go off topic but any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

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    • March 17, 2016 at 11:40 am
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      Yeah, it does use a fair chunk of memory, depending on how much memory your computer actually has. Glad that my post was clear and easy to follow along with. As for your cloning troubles, I would recommend to try it again but use the cloning software from Acronis. It’s called Acronis True Image 2016, and has a free trial to be able to use without having to pay. It has never let me down yet on any HDD cloning that I have done in the past. What kind of SSD did you buy just out of curiosity?

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      • March 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm
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        It’s San disc. It was relatively cheap but the reviews were good and I’d still expect it to do the job. I’ll try Acronis and see how I get on.
        Thanks for the help.

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        • March 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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          Yeah of course it should still do the job. Let me know how it goes and if you are still running into corruption errors with trying out Acronis.

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          • March 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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            Chris
            I tried Acronis True Image 2016 but the free trial didn’t include the clone. Any other suggestions.
            Thanks

          • March 28, 2016 at 3:58 pm
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            Wow, they don’t include it in the free trial anymore. Always want people to pay for things it seems. Let me check a couple things and I will send you an email with some helpful information, if that is okay? Thanks

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