How To: Add *Hibernate* to Windows 8 Shutdown menus


A couple of weeks ago we published an article concerning the Windows 8 Start Screen and Shutdown options, you can view that article here: Windows 8 missing Start button – What missing Start button!

We received a comment in response to that article from regular reader ‘Chet’ who asked… “Looks like Win8 doesn’t have an ‘hibernate’ option?”  I then posted a reply to Chet explaining that Windows 8 does in fact include a hibernate option but it is switched off (disabled) by default and will not show up as an option in Shutdown menus until it is enabled. I also promised to publish a pictorial guide showing how to do that… so here it is:

1) First off we need to access Windows 8 Power Options. This can easily be achieved using several methods:

  • a) Right click in the lower left corner of the screen (or simultaneously press the Windows + X keys). This will bring up an ‘Admin’ menu. Simply select Power Options from that menu.

  • b) From within the Desktop; navigate to Control Panel>Power Options.
  • c) From within the Start Screen; type “power”, click on Settings, and select Power Options from the list of results:

(method ‘a’ is probably the quickest and simplest method).

2) In the ‘Power Options’ window; click on Choose what the power buttons do (from the left hand panel):

3) In the new window; click on Change settings that are currently unavailable:


4) Now go to “Shutdown Settings” (toward the bottom of the window) and place a checkmark next to the “Hibernate” option.

5) Click “Save changes”.

“Hibernate” will now appear as an option in your Shutdown menus:

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.