How to Unhide the Hibernate Menu on PC - Add Power Button Options

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How to Unhide the Hibernate Menu on PC - Add Power Button Options
How to Unhide the Hibernate Menu on PC - Add Power Button Options

The following is how to unhide or bring up the Hibernate menu on a PC. In this way we can add or adjust menu options on the power button, one of which is the hibernate button.

How to bring up the hibernate menu on a PC or laptop? By default, the hibernate option on the power button has been "hidden" a lot on the latest laptops/PCs, to bring it up we have to open the power settings section and then select the hibernate menu to activate.

The steps are quite short but I suggest you also read this article in its entirety in order to maximize the use of a laptop or windows computer in everyday life.

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Difference between Sleep and Hibernate on PC

Sleep. When we press the sleep button, the computer will stop all running applications or processes and store all these activities in the PC memory (RAM). After that, the computer will turn off the display on the screen and enter low-power mode.

Technically, your laptop stays on but uses very - very little power. If we turn on a laptop / PC that is in a sleep state, the screen will quickly turn on and previously open applications will remain open like the last time you operated it.

Hibernate. Slightly different from the sleep option, when we hibernate, the laptop will stop all running processes and then save the last position of using all open applications on the computer's hard disk / SSD (not in RAM).

because the last usage data is stored in the Harddisk/SSD (not RAM), the laptop no longer needs to supply power, so the computer/laptop can turn off the power completely. So it's more battery efficient when compared to sleep mode (although sleep mode also saves battery a lot).

In an explanation from Microsoft, hibernate mode still requires power, but it is certainly much more energy efficient than sleep mode.

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Can Hibernate mode damage the computer?

In short, hibernate mode does not damage the computer. Basically, hibernate mode only requires a few percent of the hard disk memory on the PC to save the last session when we use it. The rest is like turning off the PC as usual.

So what's different is that when you turn on the computer, the system will read the last session stored on the HDD and reload it so that it can be operated as before.

How to Unhide the Hibernate Menu on the PC Power Button

  1. Click the Start button to bring up the search field
  2. Type "Power & sleep settings" then open the settings settings
  3. Click the "Additional power settings" menu. If correct, a new window will open
  4. Click the "Choose what the power button do" menu. A menu will appear what is being activated but at this stage, it cannot be changed (yet).
  5. Click the words "Change settings that are currently unavailable" so that each menu on the power button can be changed.
  6. Check or activate the Hibernate menu option
  7. Click the button > Save changes

Please try to click the start button and then select the power menu. If successful, the hibernate menu option will be available along with other power menus such as Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down.

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Disadvantages of Hibernate mode

One of the drawbacks of hibernate mode is that the PC restart time can be slower than in sleep mode. This is understandable because sleep mode itself is closer to standby mode, where the PC will always be ready at any time when turned on.

However, with the current SSD or NVME, the difference in power-on time between sleep mode and hibernate mode is no longer significant because the process of turning on a PC today is also faster than a few years ago when computers still relied on hard disks (HDDs) for storage. and also the operating system.

The best time to use the hibernate feature

Almost the same as the sleep feature, hibernate mode is intended for those of you who are working on something but in the middle of the process you are forced to stop it for some reason. And when you're ready to get back to work, there's no need to bother opening the app from scratch.

If you are not working on something, it's a good idea to use the turn-off feature as usual.

If you think you won't be able to open your laptop/PC in the near future, then hibernate mode is highly recommended. But if you only need a short time such as going to the toilet or going outside for a while, then it's better to use the sleep feature.

Another indicator is the power source, if you are using a laptop and feel that it will not be able to charge the battery in the near future, then the hibernate feature is recommended because it requires less electricity than sleep mode.

Hopefully, this tutorial on how to bring up the hibernate menu on a PC is useful. If you have any questions, please save them in the comments column as usual. Keep being a wise user! #beWiseUser!

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Rindi Putra
Rindi Putra
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