Windows hibernation fails after cloning Windows 8.1 from one hard drive to another.

The screen goes black, but it never goes beyond that point, you clearly hear the PC working normally. And if the mouse moves or a key is pressed the monitor will come back showing the Desktop.

I tried so far:

  • Disabling Hybrid Mode in Power options
  • Set Power options to defaults
  • Change the power plan
  • Installing latest Windows Updates
  • Disabling Network Sharing and LAN Wakeup
  • Troubleshooting Power issues. Non found.

I couldn't find event logs regarding hibernation failure. Is there a report is generated somewhere else?

Update: The Energy report returns:

USB Suspend:USB Device not Entering Selective Suspend

Is this related to Hibernation failure?

Note: Sleep mode does exactly the same.

  • "USB Suspend:USB Device not Entering Selective Suspend" -> "Note that this issue will not prevent the system from sleeping." – DavidPostill Apr 6 '15 at 20:20

"I couldn't find event logs regarding hibernation failure. Is there a report is generated somewhere else?"

Troubleshooting Windows 8.1 Sleep and Hibernate includes instructions on where to look in the event logs (see below).

You can also try the following command:

powercfg.exe /energy

A report is written to C:\Windows\System32\energy-report.html.

According to Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 8.1 Not Going to Sleep this report will contains any errors regarding sleep/hibernation. It goes on the explain how to read the reports and fix any errors.

Source Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 8.1 Not Going to Sleep

Generate Power Report

The power report you generate in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 can sometimes tell you what is preventing the computer from going to sleep. I ran it and got some useful info. To run the power report, open an administrative command prompt and type in the following command:

powercfg.exe /energy

It’ll take about a minute or so to run and after it finishes, it’ll tell you how many errors and warnings were found. Hopefully, if you’re having this sleep problem on your Windows 8.1 machine, you’ll have some errors!

In order to view the report, you have to go to C:\Windows\System32 and open the energy-report.html file in your browser. However, for some odd reason, the file would not load in any browser when I tried to open it from that directory, so I just copied the report to my desktop and then opened it and it worked fine.

Source Troubleshooting Windows 8.1 Sleep and Hibernate

When Windows 8.1 is having a problem, I am trying to train myself to begin troubleshooting by inspecting the Windows logs. At the Metro UItype "ev" and then look in "Settings".

A good place to start in the Event Viewer is with Summary of Administrative Events".

Follow-up by looking in the System Log and filtering for "Kernel-Power" entries.

Interesting items would include "The last sleep transition was unsuccessful", or "The system is entering sleep".

Source Sleep Mode not working in Windows 8.1

  1. Press Windows+W and type "troubleshooting" in the search box. Click on the "Troubleshooting" from the search results so obtained.

  2. In the following window, from the left hand side listed options, click on "View all".

  3. Moving on, pick "Power" from the list so available, this would launch the Power Troubleshooter.

  4. In the Power Troubleshooter, you have to click "Next" option:

This will start the automatic detection and fixing of issues.

  1. When the troubleshooting has been completed, you can click "Close".

Now you can reboot the machine, after restart, you’ll find that the issue is already fixed.

The above source also includes screenshots (omitted for brevity).

  • Thank you David, Here's the energy-report/html. The event viewer doesn't show errors related to "Kernel-Power", and "Troubleshooting" finds no Power issues. – Gabriel Apr 6 '15 at 16:00

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