I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.6 and a Windows 7 Boot Camp partition. If I'm on Windows, I can easily go back to OS X without losing any of my open applications by using Hibernate. Mac OS X, however, doesn't let you hibernate the computer manually, and I have to close and later reopen all my applications when going from Mac OS X to Windows, which is annoying. Is there any way to force Mac OS X into Safe Sleep, or perhaps a better solution to this problem altogether? Thank you!

  • There are programs that will send the computer into Safe Sleep for you, for example the Deep Sleep widget for Dashboard.
    – Chealion
    Oct 20, 2010 at 0:40
  • VMware Fusion and Parallels allow you to run your Boot Camp Windows installation as a virtual machine with Mac OS X as the host system. Depending on what you want to do in Boot Camp (basically everything except games and resource-intensive applications), this might be handy.
    – Daniel Beck
    Oct 20, 2010 at 1:01
  • I can't speak for the OP but the reason why I would like this functionality is because I want to play a game in Windows. :) Unfortunately, merely relaunching my applications (Terminal and MacVim especially) doesn't restore them to the state that I'm looking for. Nov 6, 2010 at 5:41

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Relaunch saves you time by taking Snapshots of which applications you are using, and starts them back up for you.

  • Dead link renders answer useless - maybe should be deleted?
    – nhed
    Aug 30, 2016 at 15:33

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