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Re-Enable Hibernate Option in Windows Vista

If you’ve found that your Hibernate option is missing from Windows Vista, it might be from running the disk cleanup wizard and removing the hibernate files. This is due to a known bug in Vista that might not have been hotfixed already.

Turning it back on is very simple, however.

Type cmd into the start menu search box, and use Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open in administrator mode. You can also right-click the item in the menu and choose Run as Administrator.


From the command prompt, type in the following command:

powercfg /hibernate on


You’ll have to restart your computer before it will take effect.

Update: Alternative Method

An alternative method with more steps was suggested by Shane in the comments. If the above doesn’t fix your problem, you can use these steps.

  • Go to the command prompt icon in the Start menu under Accessories and right click the icon: click “Run as administrator”.
  • Paste: “powercfg.exe /hibernate on” and hit Enter and also paste “powercfg -h on” and hit enter just to be safe.
  • Open Control Panel and type in “Hibernate” in the Search.
  • Click “Turn hibernation on or off”
  • Click “Change advance power settings”
  • Scroll to and expand the “Sleep” option.
  • Select “Off” to the “Allow hybrid sleep” option.
  • Scroll to and expand the “Power buttons and lid” option.
  • Select “Hibernate” for the “Sleep button action” option. 10. Select “Hibernate” for the “Start menu power button” option.

Hopefully one of these methods will solve your problem!

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/13/07

Comments (258)

  1. William Powell

    When I tried to open cmd in the Administrator mode with ctrl/shift/enter I did not get Administrator. Trying again I found C:\Users\W.G.Powell> Thinking I needed to be in the C dir I typed cd\ and used the ctrl/shift/enter keys. Even when I got the C prompt I was not in the administrator mode. Where am I messing up?

  2. Bob

    The hibernate option is also not available on the menu if Hybrid Sleep is enabled.
    Even though hybrid sleep writes the system state to disk as well as RAM, it
    is not the same as hibernation. For instance, you can easily and inadvertently
    wake the computer from hybrid sleep by moving the mouse or touching a key
    on the keyboard (if the wake options aren’t disabled). Or, if you have a modem,
    the modem may wake the system on an incoming call.

    Even if hybrid sleep is enabled, you can still program the shutdown button
    on the start menu to hibernate rather than shutdown. On my system, I leave
    the power button on my case to do a true shutdown when needed.

  3. William Powell

    After breaking a fingernail trying this solution countless times in vain, I discovered that we were not in the same configuration. I went to control panel, clicked user accounts and DISABLED the
    user accounts control (UAC) from there on it worked perfectly….this info might be helpful for dummies such as this reader.

  4. Shane

    I found out how to get the hibernation option back with 10 steps. Of course remove/omit all the “”quotes””! 1. Go to the command prompt icon in the Start menu under Accessories and right click the icon: click “Run as administrator”. 2. Paste: “powercfg.exe /hibernate on” and hit Enter and also paste “powercfg -h on” and hit enter just to be safe. 3. Open Control Panel and type in “Hibernate” in the Search. 4. Click “Turn hibernation on or off” 5. Click “Change advance power settings” 6. Scroll to and expand the “Sleep” option. 7. Select “Off” to the “Allow hybrid sleep” option. 8. Scroll to and expand the “Power buttons and lid” option. 9. Select “Hibernate” for the “Sleep button action” option. 10. Select “Hibernate” for the “Start menu power button” option.

  5. Taps

    Thanks guys it worked the first time round… I’ll surely be visiting this site a lot more now!!

  6. Leandro Marques

    This step-by-step help did work for me. Thanks a lot!

  7. Gary !

    Thanx a Ton Shane !!
    it works great for me,
    The only thing i miss is the WinXp, power off/hibernate/logoff keyboard shorcuts…

    windows + U/H/LL…
    anything like tht in vista ???

  8. ramit

    thnks a ton for the great info…

  9. Pravheen

    Thank you very much…..

  10. Craig Baker

    Thanks that worked, hibernate was immediately added to the shutdown menu options.

  11. nirav

    Thanks i solved my problem of hibernate…

  12. Krishvanth

    Shane!! You’re simply amazing!! I had tried ##every## damn f****** thing i heard of and but none of them ever worked……!

    Was at my wits end man… You’re a real life-saver!

    Wish I could give you a bear-hug now!! :-D

    My rating for your answer: A++++++++++++++++……….!!!

  13. Balance of Judgement

    My thanks to Shane. His step-by-step worked perfectly.

  14. Angelo Poli

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!! , you’re awesome I thought was going to pull my hair off..LOL

  15. Anna

    I agree: this is an excellent guide. Perfect Disk detected that I needed to run chkdsk /r /f and after that and a couple of runs through the defragmenter I was able to resize :C as I wished (140Gb to 50Gb)

  16. Emile Gholam

    Wawwwww, great, really fantastic.
    Finally back. With only seconds……….
    Thanks a lot budd

  17. ernil

    I followed the steps till i got to the advanced power options.. all the buttons in that window were non responsive. Maybe i was being denied permission to modify them. Do i need to run the advanced power options also as an administrator? If so, how to do that?

  18. Ham

    Thank you so much for all of your tutorials, I am a ditz at computers and would have thrown my laptop out of the window long ago if it weren’t for your site. :)

  19. Paula

    I have tried everything listed here. Dell has gone in and tried to get the computer to hibernate nothing works. The computer is only a few days old and they will issue a new computer but I really would hope to get this feature to work. Any help would be appreciated as nothing else works. Thanks

  20. Justin

    Thanks Shane

  21. Fred

    Thanks like stated by others it worked within seconds

  22. Paula

    Thanks Shane I finally got it to work.I think I had checked the box on step 7. Even Dell support called me back and said they would use this site to help others with the hibernate. Now to get all my stuff from my old computer to my new computer. Thanks again for the great solution to hibernate. :)

  23. Ghoul

    Thanks. The command worked.

  24. The Geek

    I updated this article with Shane’s alternate method of fixing this problem. Thanks Shane!

  25. Bob McCord

    Thank you so much!

  26. Shankar

    Thanks a lot. The second set of instructions worked

  27. Mitko

    Just go to accessories-> right button on command prompt-> run as admin-> type powercfg /hibernate on and you are done :)

  28. Ayobamo

    Thanks a lot. it really worked.

  29. Gurdeep

    Thanks a ton. I think all we need to do is run the Explorer as Administrator and then access Control Panel through it.

  30. varun

    thanks alot dear friends,
    it was a very happy moment for me to get the solution for this problem
    again thanks alot dear
    i am very thankful to mitko also coz i followed the command mentioned by mitko

  31. varun

    dear i’ve one more problem with the internet explorer 8.
    i had downloaded this new browser from the net but it is not istalled properly
    when i open it the following message comes
    a windows security update is needed for internet explorer 8 to work correctly.
    click ok to download windows security update
    once the update has been installed, restart internet explorer

  32. IJ

    I just wanted to thank for the information posted here, I was able to fix my problem

  33. Isaac Higgins

    I tried the first method and it didn’t work. However, upon trying the second method I found that hibernate had been enabled! Thank you very much as this was a very annoying problem =).

  34. Sanjay Stuart

    I had to go to windows explorer (AKA FILE MANAGER) locate the powercfg.exe and right-click and run as administrator and type in powercfg /hibernate on did a restart and went into control panel and vista hibernate NOW!!! THANK YOU FOR THE HELP you guys are great….

  35. Avon Gabriel

    Thanks guys!! worked with the first try. haha. This site is now on my list of favorites. wonderful.

  36. DarW

    It works fine. Thanks. I’ve tried only the 2nd solution.

  37. JAY

    yes.. thank you very much..

  38. Jack

    I just restored hibernation using your “cmd” suggestion. Thanks guys. Keep up the good work.

  39. Ann

    i’ve tried everything in here… but i still cannot find the hibernate, but when i get to the “additional settings” and click on “Sleep”…. it only show “sleep after”… and nothing else!! did i delete my hibernate?? could anyone help me please!!

  40. Rajat

    it is good….it really works

  41. John

    Your method worked with no problems. Thanks for your efforts.

  42. bob

    I used your command in reverse. Hibernate was killing my desktop and there is NO EASY way to turn it off. i just used the command /hibernate off. here’s to hoping its TRULY off when i reboot.

  43. jayden

    THX this works wonders!

  44. Matt

    Thanks, worked first time no probs.

  45. intawmin

    I have been recently experiencing a problem with Hibernate on my computer. Until last week, When I hit hibernate the machine does not completely power
    down. The power indicator light on the CPU unit does not go off. When I
    try to restart, it wont. I have to acutally hold down the power button and
    force a shut down and restart. At restart of course I get the usual f8
    screen – do you want to start normally or on safe mode, etc?

    Does anyone have any idea why this is happening now? Does it have to do
    with a recent update from Windows?

    I look forward to your help.


  46. Yasaman

    Thanks a lot, I really don’t like Vista and it’s because of these stupid bugs … but thanks for posting these information.

  47. Bindas

    Thanks a lot. The first option worked, didnt have to try the second. Also no ‘restart’ was needed.

  48. sooraj

    thanks dude . it worked

  49. Akshay

    thanks worked

  50. CTcheo

    what i did is log in as the administrator. typed in the “powercfg.exe /hibernate on” in the search box from the start make it work hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. It will enable it as an administrator.:)!

  51. Husam Haddad

    Dear All,
    Thanks a lot for helping but the problem I don’t have enough space for Hibernate session, so does anybody know way to change of location for hibernate files on a hard disk ?????

  52. Umar

    hi guys thanks soo much, it wrkd :)

  53. Asim

    i tried and i got it.
    for others to make it easy i like to tell something you can get admin mode frome start>accessories>command prompt
    r-click and thn start as administrator.
    then type the command powercfg /hibernate on
    it appeares immidiatly in your start manu
    take your care and the others. bye

  54. sandesh

    thanks.. worked welll…

  55. =)

    I had just tried the first part and it didn’t work,but the alternative method did it!!
    Thank you so much guys!!! worked like a charm =)

  56. keith

    thanks for this… i was actually looking to shut it OFF but i used the first persons “powercfg /hibernate on” function but switched off and it worked.. thanks again

  57. Juan

    Thanks a gazillion!!!!!! I am having a overheating problem and the hibernate option is the only way i can “stand by” without it going to 212 F degrees. THANKS!!!

  58. WPanda

    Thanks much, man! It worked for me perfectly, the only problem I had is when I was trying to run cmd.exe in non-administrator mode; this did not work. After I’ve ran it as admin, it worked perfectrly.

  59. Santosh

    Doing only the “powercfg /hibernate on” worked for me … didnt require a restart too !


  60. sarath prasad

    hi dude , i worked well ,

    lots of thnxxxxxxxx to u people………

  61. brandon

    hey dude. thank you a million!
    this worked really great, the alt method that is.
    i didnt know that running the clean up tool would put me through this mess. im glad i got back the hibermode. i really hate shutting my notebook down all the time esp when im at school.

  62. Pras

    Your first method worked fine for me without even restarting the system.

  63. j337

    a very concisive way to describe how to do. it helped me to easily setup the hibernation option. thanks for the article, appreciate it.

  64. Shobhit

    it works mate…

    really thankful to you

  65. Harazimi Aliyu

    Thanks alot it’s really helpfull cos i try for more than a week to fix this untill i have seen this.

  66. Dinesh

    Wow how-to-geek… u r the best…
    this is the most wonderful forum i have ever seen…
    ur forum has fixed millions of my issues with my compaq (vista ultimate) laptop..
    Thanks a million…

  67. Frank

    This ‘fix’ doesn’t seem to work for a dual-boot (XP and Vista) PC setup.. The “Restoring Windowss” progress bar appears, and then at the point where I expect the Windows Logon Screen, the cursor sits, blinking, in the upper left hand corner of the monitor, and the boot process STALLS….. Upon reboot, I am given the option to continue with the ‘restoration’ or delete the saved the configuration, and do a fresh boot to Vista.. The continue with restoration results in the same stalled conditon.. Only a fresh boot will get me into Vista.


  68. Frank

    SUCCESS… after redoing the ‘fix’ I used the Start Button : Power Icon vs the arrow-icon : Hibernate function, and the hibernation process worked just fine????

    Thanks for the ‘remedy’..

    Frank – Tucson, AZ

  69. Jonas

    Thx! This Worked fine! Great!

  70. Nish

    thanxxx… i had been troubled for so many days and no one seem to know the solution..

  71. Amit Kaushik

    Thanks a lot
    I used the first option

  72. rmr

    For the second time thanks a lot. Vista is a pain in the ass. Any idea why I have to put my computer to sleep so that my wifi will reenable. After about five minutes it will say that it is connected to the router but not the internet. If I disconnect and then reconnect it will not find the router. Oh some times the wireless card stops working for no reason so i have to put the computer in to hibernate or restart it to get it to work again.

  73. Alan

    I have this problem, My Vista PC Hibernate itself when it is left untouched for a period of time. Howto disable this?

  74. jd2066

    @Alan: Go to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options, click “Choose when the computer sleeps” on the left”, click “Change advanced power settings, double click Sleep, double click “Hibernate after”, click the down arrow until never is displayed, click Ok, click Cancel, close the power options window.

  75. Warren

    Thank you so much, I don’t know if either changing the power button settings or turning off the hybrid did the trick, but what matters is it hibernates no and stays off until I press the physical power button again. Thank you so much!

  76. Tigran

    Worked here also, thanks alot :)

  77. COG

    It worked! :D THX!!

  78. JD

    Thank you

  79. John

    Thanks for the tip. I cant believe Vista is such a botched system. There is a gazillion options to tweak but none of them are truly useful. Thanks again. It worked for me.

  80. Kyle

    I was wondering where my hibernate setting went… Thanks a lot.

  81. Derrick

    Every time i try to turn on hibernation it will tell me that i don’t have promission to proform task.

  82. Kunle


    This works like a magic…

    Am so happy to have my Hibernation mode back…

  83. farnaz

    oh my goodness!!!it worked!>:D

  84. Franqo

    Thanks a mill Shane…been trying to solve this problem for 2 years. You’ve made my day.

  85. adikk

    omigosh… i’ve got my hibernate back!!

    thanks Shane~

  86. Rob

    The reason hibernate seems to disappear is when I run a disk clean up.
    Worked first time thanks :)

  87. Vicky

    thanks man !! both methods worked…….

  88. Ravi

    thanx dear. it worked in seconds.

  89. Michael

    Wow! Quick Google search & I had my HIBRINATE back & running in less than 4 mins! Considering I went without for 3 weeks now (Thought it was due to a virus), I’m back in action! NO REBOOT was required!

    TNX Budz! Best advice I came across in sometime now!

    cd windows
    cd system32
    powercfg -h on

    This is what worked for me. The original advice came up with a minor misunderstanding of what windows was capable of doing. A little thinking and I was off to the races!

  90. richard

    Hey thanks! perfect, and easy.

  91. Mazzy

    Thanks very much. It’s saved my Hibernate function (and my sanity) many times!

  92. Anand

    Works great, thanks a lot for this tip

  93. Bhaskar

    Thanks a lot…. struggled a lot to find the hibernate option before i came here…

  94. Cynthia

    thanks. when i went to restart, “hibernate” was already back on the menu. i use the first option

  95. bbm

    Thanks a lot,,,Man

  96. K.P.Bhattacharyya

    Thanx a ton… was a breeze

  97. vipin p nair

    Thanks a Lot

  98. Marlena

    Thanks it worked great!

  99. Elham

    Great job… well done, thanks!

  100. SAM

    i’ve tried both ways like a million time today, still won’t work. i think something wrong with the command prompt. it starts with c:[user/name]then i can type is that normal?? i don know much about computers i need your assistance :-)

  101. kusumakc

    “powercfg /hibernate on” worked instantly. Thanks a ton. And i didnt even need to restart my vista.

  102. massacre

    thnx a lot … it worked instantaneous and gave me some peace ….
    for those whose culd not get this …
    u cn try by opening the task manager n the press the processes tab … now press show processes for all users … this will place u in administrater position …
    in the applications tab press new task tab … use cmd there
    this will have administrater privilleges

  103. Selvaraj.G

    Fine it iw working in my Acer aspire 5100 laptop.
    Thank you very very much!!!

  104. santhosh

    thank you

  105. chris

    i love u guys yo like pc jesus

  106. Darryl

    Your fixed worked! Thank you! I tried all the others and they did not work. Yours is the only one that worked.

  107. Baqar

    Just do this

    goto accessories and then right click on command and run as administrator
    and then type cd:\windows\system32
    then powercfg.exe -h on

    C:\Windows\system32>powercfg.exe -h on

    and no need to restart the system , the new settings will take effect immediately

  108. marchiddink

    thanks mate..
    it solve the problem right away

  109. sivakumar

    Thanks buddy for the posting …it worked but there is no need to restart the system , the new settings will take effect immediately…..

  110. ashar

    i want to let my computer go into hibernation everytime i want ot shut it down but it say not enough API available,what shud i do???

    i do this because because it reboots faster this way so is there any other of achieving the result???

  111. Barnabas

    In one of my PCs the ethernet card is showing OK but the ethernet controller is showing the big yellow?
    mark…how do I update the driver for the controller

  112. Christiaan Murk

    I worked. Yes! :-D

  113. Hooman

    Hi, Thanks ..

  114. ALireza

    Thanks a lot .

  115. Ashley

    thank you so much this actually worked! its pretty bad when the windows help doesn’t work and you have to search online and that actually works, thank you!

  116. Armin

    Thanx a lot…

    I tried the first suggestion and it worked well…
    I didn`t even need to restart my computer…

    Once again thanx a lot for this easy guide…


  117. AJ

    The first method didn’t work for me, and the second didn’t until I checked that “hybrid sleep” was surely switched off. Then it worked, Like a dream. Thanks.

  118. teluguguy

    Only 2nd solution worked for me. Thanks for that. Regarding first solution the following is what happened!

    C:\>powercfg /hibernate on
    ‘powercfg’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\>powercfg -h on
    ‘powercfg’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\>powercfg.exe /hibernate on
    ‘powercfg.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

  119. Nobody

    A reboot is not required. ;)

  120. Khurram

    thanks !! It solved my problem!

  121. Rayan

    thanks a lot, it works

  122. Matt

    Thanks, second option worked.

  123. CHAN

    Thanks worked with Shane’s answer and OP’s… Read BOTH…

  124. Cristina

    thx a lot

  125. Nick

    thanks! i just ran command prompt as an admin and typed in the first command you guys had and it works perfectly now

    was running on windows vista home premium on a laptop

  126. shagar_cool

    Thanks. My Acer Aspire 2910Z is now ok. My hibernation option is enable now. Thanks again.

  127. Luis Aveiga

    For some users the problem is not really a problem, it’s due to the Power Plan’s configuration.
    In my laptop, using High Performance, Windows allows me to Hibernate, but, using Balanced, then the Hibernate option disappear.

    Hope that helps somebody :)

  128. Rishabh Mehrotra

    thanks a tonne buddy…..ur step wise guide helpd a lot!!!

  129. Derek Er

    THANKS MAN!.. easy steps do help alot! =)

  130. Greg

    Thanks a million for this – been trying to figure out how to get my ‘Hibernate’ back for ages. You’re a star!

  131. Jona

    thank you sooo much! it worked the first time, and it added hibernate to my menu right away! thanks a million!

  132. Arpit

    Thanks a lot it really works

  133. Julian Egelstaff

    This had been so annoying, and one simple command fixed it. Thank you soooo much.

  134. dylbud

    I tried to run the command line, but it said I don’t have permission to change this configuration. This is my sister’s computer and there is only one user account, and that account has administrator privileges, supposedly. How could the only user of the computer not have permission?? This is why I still run XP on my own computer, and Ubuntu.

  135. James K

    Thanks soo much, saved my problem of vista!

  136. clb92

    Tried everything… but yet the solution was just that simple!

    (If there are any spelling mistakes: English is not my first language)

  137. akash

    it works’s for me thanks a lot man

  138. saaandtyyy

    thanks mite… it’s worksss……….

  139. Michelle

    Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to figure this out forever. Very useful page! :}

  140. Fizza

    Thanx a lot. It worked for me.

  141. saurabh

    thanx …it works….

  142. Rahul Dixit

    Thanx a ton dear…. it really works

  143. Mr Chen

    thx this guide really really helped me alot. I EMPHASIZE AGAIN THIS WEBSITE REALLY HELP ME ALOT million of thanks..

  144. Vinay

    Thank you. It worked out.

  145. Cyril

    Thanks man. It worked at last.

  146. Deac

    Thanks, worked a charm, the lack of hibernate had been annoying me for awhile!

  147. saif

    Thanks 1st option work with no ned to restart thanks again

  148. x2asa

    thank you very mush

  149. Sandra Holliday

    Thank you so much for a simple solutions to a long-term annoying problem!

  150. Linda Teasley

    My Windows Vista boots up and hangs at “hibernating” on my Dell laptop. How do I get past this?

  151. wasim raza

    thanks for ur instruction to enable hibernate option.i solved my prob by follow ur given instruction.i m heratly glade on u.

  152. MCC

    Wonderful, worked like a charm!!!

  153. Surendra


    It worked …. without restart the pc…….

  154. khalid

    thanks , it worked…

  155. Pallav

    That was cool man!
    The first time i got my problem solved using the net!!
    My rating 10raised to infinity

  156. Priscilla


  157. Laurence

    Thanks for that, worked straight away!

  158. Som

    Thank You. Worked very well.

  159. Abhijeet

    Great tip. Thanks a lot.

  160. Shi Yun

    It does helps! Thanks using the “powercfg/hibernate on”

  161. Odoma Michael

    Thank you so much. I was able to solve this problem

  162. Turkish Man

    Thanks a lot. A+++

  163. Rotimi

    Thought my PC was high jacked by virus and almost formated it. WOW, on the first go! Tanx a billion.

  164. Hickon

    THANKSSSSSSSSSSSS…………..its back.

  165. Prashant

    You are a lifesaver man….thanx a tonn

  166. Carlos

    Thanks bro

  167. eric

    thanks alot this helped so much and the instructions were easy, fast, and simple. :D

    keep up the good work!

  168. Premal

    Thanks a lot i got the hibernate option back.

  169. Mauricio

    Excellent! Thanks!

  170. Brad S

    2nd option worked for me, excellent!!!!

  171. Steve K

    First option worked for me (blame an agrressive CCleaner for the problem). More importantly, I learned about how to get into Admin mode in Vista. Thanks!

  172. Ash

    Thanks. Worked perfect. Have been looking for this for the past 2 years, though !!!

  173. Josh

    Than you.

  174. Hari

    Thank you for the info

    it works and real quick

  175. rikvi

    Great, thank you pal….. it works and very very simple just like that… :)

  176. Vidura

    Thank you.
    It was worked.
    I admire such simple way u described.:)

  177. Dave

    Thanks, that was genius. Stupid Microsoft

  178. Maria

    I’ve tried all the solutions in the post and comments but my pc doesn’t hibernate.
    I get the same problem as intawmin:

    “I have been recently experiencing a problem with Hibernate on my computer. Until last week, When I hit hibernate the machine does not completely power
    down. The power indicator light on the CPU unit does not go off. When I
    try to restart, it wont. I have to acutally hold down the power button and
    force a shut down and restart. At restart of course I get the usual f8
    screen – do you want to start normally or on safe mode, etc?”

    Can u help?

  179. aragon

    thanx alot …you made my day… prob is solved now….thanx again

  180. ahmed

    thnx alot 1000000 ton of thnx

  181. shri

    its working fine for me..
    i am using windows 7

  182. $0$

    Works excellently well for me. Even without restarting (Vista)
    Great thanks

  183. Maj

    Thank you so much guys !! Everything’s perfect again

  184. Arshid

    Thanks A LOT….

  185. Leo

    It works! I tried both ways)

  186. Zero

    Thx. Hybrid sleep was my problem. this works!

  187. delariyo

    worked for me…thanks

  188. Vishal

    Thanks.. it worked for me too… :)

  189. Chris

    Shane’s admin mode worked in the first three steps! THX!

  190. Anish Kumar

    It Works 4 me thanx…………….

  191. Rajesh

    Thanks a lot, its working ;) !!!!!

  192. Sean

    Hi Guys,

    I tried to use above menthods, both failed. It keep says:

    Hibernation failed with the following error: The request is not supported.

    The following items are preventing hibernation on this system.
    There are one or more legacy drivers installed:

    Could anyone help me what to do next or solve it?


  193. murielmaranon

    hey it helped a lot thanks!

  194. Karthik

    Thanks man, works great!

  195. jcarl

    wow! the first method worked for me… so easy, now my hibernate function is back again, thanks alot

  196. Sad Keanu

    Make sure you do this for the Hybrid sleep:

    # Click “Change advance power settings”
    # Scroll to and expand the “Sleep” option.
    # Select “Off” to the “Allow hybrid sleep” option.

    This was my problem!

  197. Thomas Leonard

    Bingo— Perfect — What a life saver. Simple…….. THANK YOU

  198. Usman

    thanx it works

  199. Radha Krishnan

    Worked for me. Great!! thank you

  200. Steve

    Hey thanks for both methods…worked great for me and very very easy to follow!

  201. Raj


  202. Harry Lake

    Brilliant! I had made an appointment to see my laptop doctor but have now been able to cancel it!
    On comment though: the first method (Type cmd into the start menu search box, and use Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open in administrator mode. You can also right-click the item in the menu and choose Run as Administrator.) did not work for me as Ctrl+Shift+Enter simply didn’t open in administrator mode, and there was no menu to be seen. Assuming the description is correct, I further assume I have set my Vista to look like ‘Classic Windows’ or some such, thus depriving myself of some features. The second method worked perfectly, however. In my case, I did need a reboot.

    Incidentally I have all the updates to Vista – you’d have thought they’d have fixed this bug. My problem was caused by precisely the scenario posited in the opening sentence: ‘If you’ve found that your Hibernate option is missing from Windows Vista, it might be from running the disk cleanup wizard and removing the hibernate files.’ – That’s me!

  203. Steve

    It Really helped a lot, Thank you so much! I like Hibernate.

  204. Ziggy

    Worked like a charm.

    Thank you!

  205. mohsen kiani

    thank you so muuuuuuuuchhh

  206. cristy

    MY HERO!!! GOT it!!!!

  207. joe

    i had the same difficulty in activating hibernate and i tried unsuccesfully all suggested options and i always receiving a message : ‘hibernation failed with the following error ,The request is not supported
    the following items are preventing hibernation on this system. there are one or more legacy drivers installed: hardwork”
    what else shall i do ????

  208. asdasdasd

    it works :} Thx

  209. David

    Thank you so much , you helped me so much to save power for my laptop battery for starting windows.

  210. Rodulf

    It didn’t work with mine. Is it applicable for Windows 7?

  211. Jam2daey

    yall rock!!!!!!!!!!!

  212. charmed

    Awesome! That worked!! Thank you! : )

  213. Charles

    Thanks so much for the useful information. It worked for me!

  214. santh

    thank you guys, this worked for me

  215. avneet

    worked for me…


  216. deep

    thanks the 1st option works so easily………

  217. Delia

    Here’s the easiest way I found to fix this:;EN-US;928897
    On this page, there is a “Fix It For Me” button. Click it, then run it, and voila! Didn’t even need to restart!

  218. vahid

    thank you

  219. ila ahmad

    thanks a lot..

  220. MikeJ

    I have re-enabled hibernation fine using the advice given here – thanks. However it goes in hibernation and then immediately fires up again. Must be something simple, but can’t see the option to get this PC under control! Any help would be much appreciated.

    HP Pavilion Slimline S3040.UK PC.

  221. 123123

    i had a problem regarding hibernating. when my computer hibernates it immediately wakes up.i googled all possible methods regarding problems of hibernating your computer and none of them i tried my own solution and it worked! my computer hibernates flawlessly by removing the USB which I use for readyboost(yeah my computer is really slow).

  222. carlos

    Well, I can’t use the cmd (“disabled by administrator”)
    and I don’t have neither gpedit nor registry editor enabled!

    what do i do?

  223. IP Agada

    Thank U so much big bros…

  224. ArChAnA

    thanks a lot

  225. souvik

    I have this problem, My Vista PC Hibernate itself when it is left untouched for a period of time. Howto disable this?

  226. Suraj Varma

    Thanks buddy. It worked.

  227. Ekerete

    Just to say thank you for your info. The 1st option works with no need to restart.

  228. Fontos

    Hey it actually works…

  229. Cazmiqa

    Brilliant and thanks for the step by step guidance …… I had to remember to read it through and not get too cocky and bowl along withought reading them though duh !

  230. shirJan

    powercfg /hibernate on is working properly
    thnk from your assistant

  231. amnesiac

    Still not working for me after trying BOTH fixes:( Every time I hit sleep, it goes for a split second then turns back on right away. Occasionally I get a blue screen of death error too! Somethings def not right.

  232. Chris

    I can’t believe this still hasn’t been officially fixed, how peculiar to leave out hibernate entirely without this method.

    @amnesiac Make sure you run the command prompt as administrator when you do that first step. I make a command prompt shortcut on my desktop, and right-click and select “Run as administrator” if need be.

  233. parth borad

    this is really worked big problem solved

  234. KALeb

    For people who don’t know how to get to C:\ in command prompt(given you opened it as admin) you have to 1st type “cd C:\” (without the quotes) then press enter…


    thanks it really works
    i appreciate this a lot

  236. jorge

    It’s work

    Can i active my build-in camera by the command prompt?


  237. garry kempton

    thanks i did what you said and it worked
    thanks again

  238. Shu

    Thanx you so much 4 every thing guys ;)

  239. shankar

    actually i’m not able to enable hibernate in both the steps plz help me if you have any alternative methods……

  240. Ejfel

    Many Thanks for the informations you provide.

  241. dires

    thanks it really works

  242. Shehzad

    thanks alot

  243. Angela

    Brilliant!! Thank you, I let my mom borrow my computer and she ran a disk “clean up” to help with “how slow” my computer was. *blink* (My computer is fine the fact that she as using Firefox with 300 tool bars and trying to play internet games on slow servers was the problem).

    Anyway she removed the hibernate files and I’ve been puzzling over it for a week. lol should have tried sir google first!

    Thanks bunches! So glad my computer will now hibernate rather than sleep!


  244. Adamu A

    It worked sharply without any stress, evn a nursery boy can follow d simple step.. So keep d gud work, more grease to ur elbows!!

  245. R Ze

    The first tip worked. I don’t even know why it says you have to restart your computer cause the option was already there right after I typed “powercfg /hibernate on” into cmd. I tried the hibernate method and it worked with no restart.

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  247. Anshul

    thanka a lot to solve problm

  248. ice

    thanks it works!!

  249. Gajju

    thnks a lot. it worked. :)

  250. frederick

    thanks lots :)…

  251. TR

    I tried this method and got the answer “The following items are preventing hibernation on this system. There are one or more legacy drivers installed: GenPort2” Not sure what to do with this?

  252. eva


  253. Oluwatosin Omoniyi


  254. Bee

    Thanks for this! I used the first steps, and didnt even have to restart for it to work!

  255. kfjjh

    OH great

  256. Kutty J

    Thanks it worked!

  257. Murali

    thanks, it worked for me

  258. Jeff Knox

    I tried several tricks to bring Hibernate back to my Vista machine, all to no avail. BUT LOOK WHAT I FOUND: holding the Fn key and pressing F12 does THE SAME THING! So it’s not actually gone, it’s just not on the Start menu anymore…

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