How to Hibernate the Computer in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with the Fast Startup feature which performs a hybrid shutdown of your PC by logging you out of your user account and then hibernating the PC when you click Shut Down. Because fast startup is essentially logoff+hibernation, the regular Hibernate option which turned off the PC without logging out is hidden and disabled by default. In this article, we will take a look at how to hibernate your PC in Windows 10.


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All ways to hibernate your PC in Windows 10

The first one is obvious - you can use the power button in the Start menu:

Windows 10 Hibernate PC Start Menu

Open the Start menu and click the Power button. Its menu contains the Hibernate item when hibernation is enabled.

The second method is Power Users menu / Win + X menu. It can be opened in several ways:

  • You can press Win + X shortcut keys together to open it.
  • Or you can right click the Start button.

You only need to run the command "Shut down or sign out -> Hibernate":Windows 10 Hibernate PC Win X

The third way involves the console utility "shutdown.exe". At the command prompt you can type the following command:

shutdown -h

Windows 10 Hibernate PC Cmd

This will hibernate your PC immediately. The "shutdown" utility exists even in Windows XP (or even as far back as the Windows 2000 Resource Kit) and is very useful for various batch file operations and script scenarios.

Tip: Use the following command to force running apps to close, and hibernate the local computer.

shutdown -h -f

Windows 10 Hibernate PC Shutdown Tool

Another way is Ctrl + Alt + Del security screen:

Windows 10 Hibernate PC Cad

You will find the Hibernate option in the menu of the Power button.

The same is applicable to the sign-in screen:

Windows 10 Hibernate PC Login

Finally, you can press Alt + F4 on the Desktop to open the classic Shutdown dialog. Although Windows 10 comes with a lot of ways to shutdown your PC, the classic shutdown dialog is accessible only with the help of a hotkey. You have to minimize all windows, then click to focus on the Desktop and finally press Alt+F4 to make it appear. There, select "Hibernate" as your shutdown action.

Windows 10 Hibernate PC Alt F4

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That's it.

2 thoughts on “How to Hibernate the Computer in Windows 10

  1. Anton

    You missed one possibility: You can also hibernate your computer using the power button, if you configure it as an action in Power Options in the classic control panel. Change plan settings, then Change advanced power settings, and set Power Button Action (under Power buttons and lid) to Hibernate.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you

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