As we know, Windows 8 comes with a brand new way to handle the power settings section. It definitely requires more effort to reach the most common power functions, but apart from that, you may have noticed that the hibernate feature is missing in Windows 8. Well, that’s how the operating system works by default by if you want it back, then you can easily enable it with a few clicks.

Before enabling this hibernate feature, let’s check out if you can already see this option or not. Open the charm menu by pressing Win + C and then click on Settings or go straight to Settings by pressing Win + I.

In most cases, you will be able to see only three options: Sleep, Shut down and Restart. It seems that Microsoft wants us to use the sleep mode instead of hibernation. Putting your computer into sleep mode means when you return to your computer, you can start up from where you left off. It basically puts your computer in a power saving mode so that you don’t need to shut down your computer as often.


But apart from its benefit,  if by any chance there’s a power failure, then you will lose changes for any files that you’ve not saved. With that in mind, let’s learn how to get back the hibernate feature in Windows 8.

Press the Win + I to open your settings. From here, click on Control Panel.

From Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound and then on Power Options.

Click on ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ link from the left.


Click on ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.


Scroll down through the list of options and check mark “Hibernate” box and then click on the “Save changes” button.



That’s all you need to do. Now when you bring up the power menu, you’ll be able to see the Hibernate option ready for you.


Congratulations, you’ve just enabled the hibernate option in Windows 8.