Many people have an issue with the way power settings are accessed in Windows 8 – there is certainly more mouse and keyboard action involved in shutting down than in previous versions. When you access the power menu you may well have noticed that you are missing the hibernation feature. If you want it back, it takes just a few moments to reinstate.
Open the power menu on your computer to see what you are currently working with. You can go through the step of bring up the charm menu either with a swipe or pressing Win + C before hitting Settings, or you can jump straight to the right place by hitting Win + I.
What do you see here? The chances are that you are only presented with three options: Sleep, Shut down and Restart.
It is worth pointing out that the hibernation state has been largely replaced by an enhanced Sleep mode. Put your computer into sleep mode and when you return to your computer you can pick up from where you left off.
However, should your computer lose power while in sleep mode, you will lose changes in any open files that you have not saved. This, coupled with the fact that some users have issues with sleep and, and that others just prefer the idea of hibernation, means that you may want to gain access to additional power options.
Press Win + I and click the Control Panel link, and then open Power Options.
Click the ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ link to the left and then click ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.
Scroll down through the list of options and tick the Hibernate box before clicking the ‘Save changes’ button.
Next time you bring up the power menu, the hibernate option will be there ready for you to use.
There really isn’t much reason to use hibernation these days, but if you are a stickler for doing things a certain way or you are having problems with the usual sleep mode, it is good to know that Hibernation has not been lost.
Mark Wilson is a software fiend and a fan of the new, shiny and intriguing. Never afraid to get his hands dirty with some full-scale geekery, he’s always trying out the latest apps, hacks and tweaks. He can be found on Twitter and Google+.
- Published 01/28/13