Windows 8 Professional 32-bit running on Laptop. And the Hibernation option is missing from the Power Options in the System Settings. Even after I enable hidden power features by giving admin privileges.

How can I fix this?

Hibernation not present in Windows 8

Also the option to enable hibernation is missing from the advanced power plan options.

Hibernation not available to be enabled


Thanks to magicandre1981 and his solution below I have found that you need to enable hibernation using a command prompt.

  1. Get to the Start menu, type 'CMD' this will begin the search.
  2. Press the CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to start the command prompt with administrative privileges.
  3. Type powercfg -h on and press enter
  4. Follow Alexey Ivanov's answer below
  5. Follow avirk's answer below
  • Did you install the display drivers? – avirk Nov 27 '12 at 3:10
  • Do both of the suggested answers together and you'll have a solution. – Justin Nov 27 '12 at 10:59
  • Thanks, I have added the solution in its entirety above. – Gabriel Fair Nov 29 '12 at 23:25

Have you enabled Hibernation?

powercfg -h on
  • This was what I was missing. I have added the entire solution above for any future visitors. – Gabriel Fair Nov 29 '12 at 23:26
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    Note that on Windows 8 the command is as CBuHKa posted below: "powerconfig /hibernate on" – olen_garn Jul 24 '13 at 15:48

Hybrid sleep is most likely enabled.

  1. From the screen above, return to Power Option screen by clicking Power Options in the address bar.
  2. And then click Change power plan link next to the active power plan.
    Alternatively you can click Choose when to turn off display or Change when the computer sleeps on the left pane.
  3. Click Change advanced power options.
  4. Expand Sleep and then Allow hybrid sleep: Advanced Power Options: Allow hybrid sleep
    It has to be set to Off if you want to see Hibernate option separately.

When hybrid sleep is enabled, Sleep command combines sleeps and hibernate: the system saves RAM to hiberfil.sys and then puts the computer to sleep. This option is useful for desktop computers which do not have battery:

  • If power supply is not interrupted, the system will wake up almost instantly (from sleep);
  • If power supply is interrupted, the system will read RAM from hiberfil.sys and resume from hibernation.

For laptops, it makes sense to disable hybrid sleep: it has battery, and thus the system will enter low power mode faster. If the battery level becomes low, Windows will automatically hibernate the laptop.

The screen shot and the names of links are from Windows 7. This hasn't changed much in Windows 8, I have to no access to Windows 8 system at the moment.


If hibernate worked but accidentally disappeared, as it happened on my pc you should open administrator promt and type there "powercfg /hibernate on" to restore.



powercfg -h on 

command gives an error you should first

powercfg -h off


powercfg -h on
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