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It's not something I do often, but yesterday I had to pop out unplanned for a while - a little too long to leave the PC sat on or asleep - and wanted to save what I was in the middle of doing by hibernating my machine. But the option isn't there on the start menu:

Start menu shut-down sub menu; missing hibernation

A quick web-search seems to show that the most common "fix" for this is to disable hybrid sleep.
I don't want to do that as hybrid sleep is a useful feature.

So, is there a way to have the hibernation option available from the normal location on the start menu without disabling hybrid sleep?

I realise I could create a shortcut to do this for me, but I don't need it often and don't want a shortcut somewhere cluttering up my machine for very occasional use. Similarly, I don't see the point in installing any additional software for the same reasons.

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Let me first define the differences for each.

Sleep - Keeps all information in RAM only, requires low amount of power.

Hybrid Sleep - Keeps all information in RAM AND on the Hard Drive, requires a low amount of power good for desktops in case of power loss.

Hibernate - Keeps all information on the HDD ONLY requires no power. Good for laptops.

Unless you are particularly concerned about wasting a tiny amount of energy for a desktop or are paranoid your battery may fail, you typically don't need hybrid sleep and hibernate both. I am not sure if it is possible without some kind of tweak in the registry to have both in the menu.

If you really want to use hibernate as well and assuming you have it enabled you could create a batch to hibernate your computer with the following command. shutdown -h Make sure to run it as admin!

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I am concerned about wasting a "tiny" amount of energy - it still wastes money. I like hybrid-sleep because I can have it on a short timer; it protects my session when I'm drawn from the computer suddenly (which is common) but is quick to resume (unlike hibernation). Similarly, I have hibernate on a longer timer for when I don't return quickly. I would also like to trigger it manually for the rare cases when I know in advance it will be a long break, hence the question. As said in my question - additional files are not desirable, it's for rare use and they cause unnecessary clutter. –  DMA57361 Sep 15 '10 at 18:38
(prob should have read that last line, sorry) If it for very rare use you could just type shutdown -h in the run command(press window key+r) and press ctrl-shift enter –  Jeff F. Sep 15 '10 at 18:48
It's still not ideal, but that is a work-around I've used before. I still don't see why someone decided that no one would want to hibernate if hybrid sleep is on, and want to know if there's a way to circumvent that. –  DMA57361 Sep 15 '10 at 18:58
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So very Simple...in Control Panel there is the Power Options menu of the appropriate desired Power Mode configuration you choose. Just select Hibernation for the POWER BUTTON mode when pressed. Why this is so difficult for everyone, including MS personnel to figure out is mind-boggling!. Yes Hybrid Sleep can be selected within the same Power Mode configuration as well, in it's appropriate Sleep options category.

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That would work. However, manually triggering a hibernation is an exceptional action for me, not something I do frequently, and so I'd rather not have to 'waste' my hardware power button by linking it to hibernation when it's I'd much prefer for it to trigger a shut down (after all, I use it for that purpose at least once a day). –  DMA57361 Sep 11 '12 at 8:25
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Very simple...

Go to start menu Search for power options Click on "Change Plan Settings" for the option you're currently using Click on Change Advanced Power Settings Expand Sleep Expand Allow Hybrid Sleep Change it to OFF (it is currently on ON) Click on OK.

You're done!

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This solution is specifically rejected by the OP in the question. –  Alexey Ivanov May 9 '13 at 6:54
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