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How To Fix Missing Hibernation Option On Windows 10

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/10

Windows 10 on desktops still defaults to the Sleep option to be available in any Power action while the Hibernation option is unavailable.

This is odd now that most systems have fast and sizable SSD options: from a power loss perspective, Hibernate is much safer than Sleep on desktop machines.

[Wayback] How To Fix Missing Hibernation Option On Windows 10 explains how to restore the Hibernate option.

It is a three step process, partial on the Administrator elevated command-line, part in the UI. I wish all could be done on the commandline

  1. Enable an hibernation file: powercfg.exe /hibernate on
  2. Start the “Power Options” control panel applet: powercfg.cpl
  3. In the UI, under “Choose what the power buttons do”, disable “Sleep” and enable “Hibernate” (you might need to “Change settings that are currently unavailable” first), then press “Save changes”

I have not tried yet, but these Registry Values under [Wayback]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FlyoutMenuSettings might just cut it, but I am not sure it is complete:

  • ShowHibernateOption with values 0 and 1
  • ShowSleepOption with values 0 and 1

There is also a value ShowLockOption that defaults to 1.

Two git places where these registry values are mentioned:


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