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Hibernating in Vista

Marsha from Las Vegas asks:
Help, my Windows Vista computer has lost its ability to hibernate! Is there anything I can do?

I’m sure many of you are aware of the hibernation option on Windows computers. I have always been a fan of that feature, because it allows you to save your open windows and settings while still technically shutting down your computer. Then when you boot up your computer again, the same windows will be open. I used the hibernation feature in Windows Vista a few times, but out of nowhere, it disappeared!

Luckily, I was able to figure out how to fix the problem and I’m going to share that with you today!

Now, it’s possible that if the hibernation option never showed up on your computer, your PC may not support it. However, if you know you had the option before and it’s no longer there, you can follow the steps below to get it back.

The hibernation option was most likely deleted because of a glitch in the Disk Cleanup wizard that causes it to delete the Hibernation File Cleaner.

1.) To get it back, go to Start and type in “command.”


2.) When you see Command Prompt in the list, right click on it and select “Run as administrator.”

3.) The command prompt will then open. All you need to enter is “powercfg/hibernate on” and then press Enter.


4.) Finally, just restart your computer and the hibernation option should be back.


All good!!

~ Neil Patel