How to Turn Off the Windows 7 Hibernation

By Tyson Cliffton

Hibernate mode in Windows 7 lets you put your computer in a low-power state with any programs and windows left open. You can turn on your computer at a later time, and it will boot up with the exact same programs and windows open as when you put the machine in Hibernate mode. However, if Hibernate mode is enabled on your computer, it will section off a block of hard drive space equivalent to the amount of memory installed on the machine to use when the computer is placed in Hibernate mode. To make this hard drive space accessible to you, you must disable Hibernate mode.

Step 1

Click the "Start" icon in the Windows 7 taskbar to open the Start menu.

Step 2

Type "cmd" into the Search field directly above the "Start" icon.

Step 3

Right-click "Command Prompt" beneath Programs in the Search Results area located directly above the Search field. A context menu appears to the right of Command Prompt.

Step 4

Select "Run as Administrator." Click "Continue" if the User Account Control dialog box appears on your screen asking for permission to run the program. The Command Prompt window appears on the screen.

Step 5

Type "powercfg.exe /hibernate off" to the right of the command prompt, then press "Enter." Hibernation will no longer be an option in the Windows 7 Shutdown menu.

Step 6

Type "exit" to the right of the command prompt, and then press "Enter" to exit the command-prompt screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can re-enable Hibernate mode at any time by following the steps above and replacing "powercfg.exe /hibernate off" with "powercfg.exe /hibernate on" in Step 5.