Everytime I hibernate my PC via

sysinternals psshutdown
shutdown /h
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState

it kind behaves weird:

  1. takes long to hibernate (30s+) (not too many applications running)
  2. on wake up it shows the BIOS bootup logo and all the cold boot stuff (as if I had shut down, not hibernated)
  3. instead of login screen it shows the windows loading animation, and seems to be loading the OS again

Then when I log in it restores the environment but most programs will crash.

  • Main board: Asus P5KSE EPU
  • OS Windows 7 64 ultimate
  • RAM 4Gb Corsair
  • I wonder if psshutdown is compatible with Windows 7.
    – Moab
    Feb 28, 2012 at 3:22
  • Sounds normal to me, except for the programs crashing. Hibernation is just about the same as shutdown, except the contents of memory is written to the hibernation file first. If you have many gigabytes of memory, that could easily take 30 seconds or more.
    – kreemoweet
    Mar 5, 2012 at 21:50

1 Answer 1


Your hibernation process is weird. Most folks just click Start > Shut Down [arrow] > Hibernate.

That said most hibernation problems stem from the BIOS being improperly configured to support the necessary hibernation modes. Go into your BIOS and check to see if you have Sleep / Hibernate setting at S3 or S5.

Edit: This behavior is also exhibited when you hibernate and then cut the power entirely to the system (i.e. as if the system were on a surge protector as many are, and when you hibernate you also flip the power switch on the surge protector). When hibernating you need to keep the system powered.


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