Add Hibernate to the Start Menu in Windows 10

In Windows 10, it is possible to add the Hibernate option to the power button menu inside the Start menu. Using that command, you can easily use hibernation instead of the shutdown command and your PC will still be powered off. The hibernation mode in Windows is very useful and time-saving as you don't have to close your open documents and apps before powering off the system. You can resume your work the next time exactly where you stopped. Here is how to add the Hibernate command to Start Menu in Windows 10.


If your Start menu in Windows 10 does not contain the Hibernate option, you need to do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to the following item:
    Hardware and Sound\Power Options
  3. On the left, click "Choose what the power buttons do":
    change what the power options do Windows 10
  4. Click the Change Settings that are currently unavailable link. The Shutdown options will become editable. Check the option there called Hibernate (Show in Power menu).
    add hibernation start menu Windows 10
    You are done.

Before:

Default Start

After:Start Menu With Hibernate

To hide the Hibernate option from the Shutdown menu of the Start Menu on Windows 10, just untick that checkbox.

117 thoughts on “Add Hibernate to the Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. anon

    You could add a note that Windows 8 onwards disable it by default because of fast startup.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      yeah… that fast startup is actually partial hibernation.

      Reply
      1. Dandy Dan

        That worked thank you.

        Reply
      2. d2k

        Yeah that finally worked. Thanx a ton :)

        Reply
      3. MontyB

        Brilliant wish all authors were that clear

        Reply
        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Thanks. I am happy to hear this.

          Reply
        2. Jim

          Couldn’t of said it better myself

          Reply
      4. Amit

        thanks for the post….

        Reply
    2. rite

      Fast startup closes all your open programs so it’s nowhere near as useful as hibernation.

      Reply
    3. Tejesh

      Very nice and helped a lot,
      Thank you!!

      Reply
      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        don’t mention it.

        Reply
  2. leon

    I am on windows 10 and I do not get the tick box or hibernate appear at all when I go to change setting not currently shown.

    How can you make it appear or why is it not appearing?

    Reply
    1. FestiveCore

      A bit late I know but if you are wondering :
      Open a command prompt as an admin and type “powercfg /h on”
      And if you want to revert back : “powercfg /h off”

      Reply
      1. Remmy

        This still didn’t work for me. It told me that there were files blocking the create the hibernation file command?

        Reply
        1. Dawson

          Try checking the settings if you’ve installed prog like tune up or sth like that. it could be preventing hibernation in order to save space

          Reply
      2. William Kuns

        Thank you so much! I had this written in a text file somewhere, but hadn’t needed it for over two years, so it got deleted, I guess. Then, with the Windows update of last week, this accursed bug with Hibernation vanishing from the system cropped up again.

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      3. Engr Kenny

        Now, this is the simplest and best solution ever, I mean EVER

        Reply
    2. vinod

      Look towards Top there is a setting called “Change setting which are currently unavailable”
      Once you click that you can select Hibernation option

      Reply
      1. William Kuns

        Not always true. The first time I clicked it, it worked. Two hours later, when I went to Hibernate overnight, it was gone from the shut-down menu AND “Change settings which are currently unavailable” was…UNAVAILABLE, nowhere to be found.

        The vanishing Hibernation option bug-glitch-virus-whatEVER has been absent from my system for two years, but with the system update of this last week, it’s back.

        “powercfg /h on” was the only way I can get it back.

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      2. k

        no. this didn’t work for me.

        when i click “change settings that are currently unavailable” it does not give me an option to enable “hibernate”

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    3. Sajan Pasachhe

      same thing happens on my laptop too , i previously had hibernet option on win 10 but after some months i don’t know how it disappeared ..
      i guess the reason could be ::
      – excess use of amd graphics card
      -BIAS problem

      ….. its just my guess and i am also a victim //// suffering a lot.
      Did u find any solution ?

      Reply
      1. NAME

        Biased computer

        (BIOS?)

        Reply
    4. . Omprakash Sahu

      Same here, how to get that tick box..???

      Reply
    5. . Omprakash Sahu

      Using command prompt as admin worked for me
      This would do it
      Powercfg hibernate size n

      n = 30, 40, 50 or any other number.

      Reply
  3. Min's

    if this website required to reg for comment,i will do it to give my thank to you,i love it! thank you much!
    Oh my Eng not good :D

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It does not require any registration.
      You are welcome

      Reply
  4. Don

    Thanks for this, after a few other W10 postings about enabling Hibernate that didn’t work, this post had the correct information, and Hibernate is now an option under the Power Options start menu!

    Reply
  5. Dennis

    The shutdown settings cannot be changed in my Win 10. The Hibernate box is empty but cannot be ticked and the others are ticked but cannot be un-ticked. All is frozen. Any advice please.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Click the Change Settings that are currently unavailable link. The Shutdown options will become editable.

      Reply
      1. ehsan

        thank you

        Reply
  6. Howard

    I do all the steps, but when I hit “Change settings that are currently unavailable”, then only thing that changes is that this line goes away.

    The only shutdown settings that I see are [checkmark] Lock – Show in account picture menu.

    I upgraded from win7 home professional. I wiped out all old apps to get a fresh start. I do have an invisible SSD that was set up as raid in win 7 and now appears unused. How do I ensure this SSD is used for fast start and that I actually can find this option?

    Reply
  7. Jeremy J.

    Excellent thanks! Other posts suggested changing the advanced settings for each power plan. However, this setting should be available as default.

    Reply
  8. Amos

    Awesome! Thanks!
    All the tutorials on enabling hibernation seem to completely disregard the fact that enabling it still doesn’t actually give you the option to deliberately hibernate.
    Good job!

    Reply
  9. Thalith

    Thanks a bunch for this, I’m very grateful. It was very helpful

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Don’t mention it.

      Reply
  10. vinod

    Thank you so much for this post , for weeks I was looking through various posts to find a solution without luck until I found this post.

    For people who are finding the Hibernation selection box greyed out

    Look towards top there is a setting called “Change setting which are currently unavailable”
    Once you click that you can select Hibernation option

    Reply
  11. sushanth

    thanks guys you are awsome

    Reply
  12. RockyMtnGal

    I still don’t have the “hibernate” option. Totally puzzled. Just sleep and lock. Running older ASUS GS laptop. It will no longer wake from sleep. It acts like it is booting, but I have a black screen.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      try to run from in the elevated command prompt the following command:
      powercfg -h on
      See its output.

      Reply
  13. RaykongStar

    Pure genius you are!

    Reply
  14. SALMAN

    OMG! This work excellent thanks a lot admin for shearing very informative post.

    Reply
  15. Miranda

    THANK YOU! I always forget how to do this and then my google-fu fails me. Thank goodness for this blog and it is now bookmarked in about three places on my browser. again, THANK YOU!!!!!

    Reply
  16. nia

    Thank you so much. I finally don’t have to waste time opening windows and then starting work.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Great.

      Reply
  17. Ren Nograles

    Very helpful advise! Its working now. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

      Reply
  18. autumn

    Thank you! Very helpful.

    Reply
  19. Defrian

    thank you
    very help me :)

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome

      Reply
  20. zack_exclusive

    Most very helpful

    Reply
  21. MRS MRS

    Thank you very much.
    Very very good.

    Reply
  22. Alolk Gupta

    Thank you very much.
    Very very good.

    Reply
  23. Leonie

    It appears that my laptop has decided all by itself to hibernate. So how do i now get it un-hibernated??
    Thanks

    Reply
  24. Craseder

    Thank you thank you thank you. This should not be the 4th ****ing link on Google. I was SO sick of having to close my lid to hibernate

    Reply
  25. Castigo HD

    thankyou very much!!!

    Reply
  26. Md Mahinur Khan

    Thank you. Really help me!

    Reply
  27. Debabrata Patnaik

    Thanks Mate, Real Quick fix to get hibernate on. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  28. Muhammed Refaat

    Greaaaaaaaaaaaaat, thank you

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome :)

      Reply
  29. pavan kumar

    thanks…this is really a quick procedure to enable hybernate option..

    Reply
  30. miles

    really dislike the sleeping option, “lost” the hibernate option on w10, got really mad, saw this tutorial, really happy now. thanks, this was a life saver!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Enjoy.

      Reply
  31. vahid

    that was useful .
    thanks .

    Reply
  32. Kateřina

    Thank you for this article. When I installed W10 and there was no hibernate option, I thought that W10 simply does not allow it. Now I have a hibernete option back again. My favourite one, I almost never use a sleep option instead :-)

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome. Enjoy.

      Reply
  33. mohammad harb

    thank you

    Reply
  34. Taylor

    Finally! The right answer. It was driving me nuts when I added Hibernate, but it still wasn’t showing up on the Start Menu. Thank you!!!! :)

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome.

      Reply
  35. Tarun Sharma

    Thnx Sir, it was quick and effective.

    Reply
  36. Matt

    Still did not work… what should i do?

    Reply
  37. Rich

    To enable Hibernation option type this in Command Prompt:
    POWERCFG /H /ON
    But you need to run command prompt as Administrator. You can do that by holding down the SHIFT key and Right-Clicking on the Command Prompt icon, then selecting Run as Administrator. Then it will work.

    Reply
    1. Mutaz

      Great!! Thanks so much for your help. What really helped me your suggestion to log into the prompt command as administrator rather than the regular user login, it worked like magic.
      Thanks again

      Reply
  38. Thanks

    Thank you!!!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

      Reply
  39. Damian

    I fixed this by going to Change settings for plan->change advanced power settings->Sleep->Allow hibrid sleep-> Turn it OFF for battery and plugged in.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks for sharing.

      Reply
    2. Mark Place

      Damian’s solution worked for me!

      Reply
  40. DHANWATARI PANCHOLI

    Under Shutdown settings the Hibernate is missing in windows 10 please help

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      What the command powercfg -h on tells?

      Reply
  41. Nishant Arora

    Hibernate tick box not available in Windows pro. Is there any other option to hibernate in windows 10 Pro

    Reply
  42. anon3631

    Thanks!This saved my life. I cannot do without hibernate option

    Reply
  43. Dr Dhanwantari G.Pancholi

    Dear Sergey I read your post about hibernation in Windows 10 but there is no option in my laptop since a week
    some says there is a problem with the drivers of display I have installed and reinstalled the display drivers but nothing happens
    there are only two options are shown now 1.shut it down and 2.sleep
    formerly there was an option of hibernation but now it is missing
    I am using Driver Max and Driver Toolbox softwares which have their own power control options
    I have removed the power options of this Driver tools but is still I do not see any option for hibernation.
    do you think that I should I uninstall these two softwares controlling drivers
    please help

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      what powercfg -h on tells?

      Reply
      1. sunny

        I got this

        “Hibernation failed with the following error: The request is not supported.

        The following items are preventing hibernation on this system.
        The system could not create the hibernation file. The specific error code is 0xc000007f.”
        pls what elsecan i do

        Reply
        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          check the available hard disk space in your system.

          Reply
          1. sunny

            I think have enough space on my hard disk.

          2. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

            Strange, because this error code appears when you are running out of disk space.

  44. Nairatips

    Thanks, this worked for me. Now i won’t lose my progress due to power failure. I can just hibernate and save my work.

    Reply
  45. Arslan

    problem fixed

    Reply
  46. Mahmoud

    Dear Sir,

    I tried the 2 formats of commands mentioned powercfg /h on and off this only affected the fast booting then i tried the second POWERCFG /H /ON after i press enter it gives the following message “Hibernation state must be “on” or “off” ” and nothing happens. What shall I do please advice?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      After the powercfg -h on, ensure that you have enabled the check box in the power options as mentioned in the article.
      If you still have no such an option in power settings, your hardware might come without the hibernation support.

      Reply
  47. Omprakash Sahu

    I’ve missing hibernate option in change what power button do even though I’ve hibernation enabled ( creaters update windows 10 (1703)
    See screen shot : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ya9GpntiWHRzdaOV9Lem53SGc/view?usp=drivesdk

    Another problem is this same PC was used to awake from sleep even after Ac power loss or suppose I’d switch off the power supply( after putting it on sleep mode) but now it doesn’t seem to heppen, i guess this also relates to creater update thing.
    Any advice or welcome or if someone would like clear this things to me.
    Thanks

    Reply
  48. webi

    very thanks simple and useful

    Reply
  49. Abdulhamid Abdullahi

    Very interesting,useful and simple article.In my Laptop I only saw restart and shutdown option in my window 10,and iam not happy because I have to shutdown always,but just this evening I come across this article and now I can hibernate my system happily and resume to my previous files without shutting down.Thank you very much.

    Reply
  50. imad

    cmd didnt worked for me…. and there no optipn for hibernation after i check the box i am using win10 pro.. i have other laptop the above tech worked fot that PC but my PC dont have this option what can i do????

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      cmd didnt worked for me

      What is the output?

      Reply
  51. RAR

    Amazing solution, thank you very much, it workied. I couldnt tweet it because my current connection nerfs social networks. But kudos to you man.

    Reply
  52. Mojtaba Sedigh

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this excellent blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!
    thanks

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Okay, I will add it one day.

      Reply
  53. M.Abdullah Sultan

    Thanks a lot

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

      Reply
  54. Subbu

    Wonderful, worked…. thanks.

    Reply
  55. Alex

    Hi My friends, how can I show hibernate’s button in start windows all new versions
    just with cmd scripts
    I active it before with this script powercfg hibernate on and I tested manually in control panel in power options and …
    thanks for your help

    Reply
  56. Manoj

    Thanks. It worked for me.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Great.

      Reply
  57. Ali

    when I press the link ,the hibernate option doesn’t show up

    Reply
  58. munira

    wow..thank you.. my hibernate option was hidden..
    i always used to think that it was unavailable on my laptop.. it was so hard to leave work on sleep option and make sure that battery doesn’t die/
    thanks a lot

    Reply
  59. Sammie

    The command prompt option also didn’t work for me. How much disk space do I need for it to work?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      at least your RAM value, e.g. 78GB, 16GB

      Reply
  60. Johnny

    thanks! it worked.

    Reply
  61. EP

    If the Hibernate feature does not work correctly in Windows 10 after adding the Hibernation option, then the “Hybrid Sleep” option must be turned OFF in order for hibernation to work correctly. this was the case since Windows Vista and still applies to any version of Windows 10.

    Reply
  62. sarthak

    Thanks a million!

    Reply
  63. Kelvin

    The easiest , straightforward solution. Thanks for sharing , it worked for me.

    Reply
  64. Dumo Asechemie

    Very simple, and straight forward. Thanks very much man. Much appreciated.

    Reply
  65. Tanzeela

    That worked. Thank you for the help. :)

    Reply

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