How to Enable Missing Hibernate Option in Windows Start Menu?

One of the most common problem in Windows is the missing "Hibernate" option in Start Menu. I get many emails regularly asking the same question: How to enable the hibernate option in Windows Vista or other Windows versions?

Actually its a known issue in Windows. The hibernate option automatically disappears whenever you run "Disk Cleanup" wizard. It happens because Disk Cleanup wizard also removes important Hibernate files to free up space on your hard drive. So if you use Hibernate feature, then make sure you always deselect "Hibernattion File Cleaner" option from the list whenever you run Disk Cleanup wizard in future.

Anyway its very easy to re-enable the missing Hibernate option. If you are also not getting the option, you can bring it back by following these simple steps:

1. Click on "Start button -> All Programs -> Accessories". Right-click on "Command Prompt" and select "Run As Administrator". If you are prompted to enter password, enter the password and continue. You can also open Command Prompt in Administrator mode by typing "cmd" in Start Menu Search box and press "Ctrl+Shift+Enter".

2. Now provide any of following commands:

powercfg /hibernate on
powercfg -h on


3. Exit command prompt and Hibernate option should appear in Start Menu.

So next time when you run Disk Cleanup, make sure to uncheck the option to clear hibernate files otherwise it'll again disable the hibernate feature in Windows and you'll not get the option in Start Menu.


If the above mentioned method doesn't work for you, make sure the "Hybrid sleep" option is turned off in Advanced Power Options.

1. Open Power Options from Control Panel or by using powercfg.cpl command in RUN dialog box.

2. Now click on "Change when the computer sleeps" link present in left sidebar.

3. Now click on "Change advanced power settings" link and expand "Sleep" setting and set "Allow hybrid sleep" option to Off.

4. Apply changes and restart your computer. It'll fix the problem.

Also Check:

How to Restore Missing Search Option in Windows Vista Start Menu After Installing SP1?

How to Add Missing Search Option in Folder Context Menu in Windows Vista After Installing SP1?


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  • Tnx so much, glad to have it back, was wondering where is went :)

  • Thank you very much for your help! It was so simple to have a hibernate option back on my PC!

  • Wow, it's great! It functions again on my laptop again after I did a clean-up.
    Thanks a lot.

  • I LOVE U VG... I was looking for this all over the web, and then I thought on ur website and DONE! it worked.... Best site ever to Windows Stuff

  • Didn't work?

    Running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
    Desktop (maybe that's why, heard it was only an available option in laptops)


  • Same here... did not work for my windows 7 64 bit desktop

  • If this doesn't work make sure you turn off Hybrid sleep in the Advanced Power Options

    Search Power Options>Change When the Computer Sleeps>Change Advanced power settings> Expand Sleep> Expand Allow Hybrid Sleep> Setting: OFF

    Hope That Helps!

  • still not working.. I am using windows 10 home.

  • rod6676 followed your advice and it fixed my issue. Thanks very much!

  • BLESS YOU! Laptop died and after being revived by others, hibernate was missing. After telling it "powercfg /hibernate on," it is back. Still using 8.1; haven't upgraded to 10 yet...

  • Great. The second method (Power Options) worked for me [Windows 7 64 bit]

  • THANKS SO VERY MUCH, \(^-^)/
    8 other web pages all assumed "Hibernate" was in the drop down of "Power Button Assign"
    Windows 7 Home Premium

  • Didn't work for me either. after upgrading my hp elitebook from windows 7 to windows 10, hibernate stopped working, screen goes black, but pc keeps running.

  • Love U!! It was perfect and so simple. Thanks

  • Thanks a lot for suggesting the fix as I was using Win-7 enterprise SP1 and this option was missing.

  • thank you rod6676 for the power options tip.

    no date and time stamp on comments.....

  • Thanks a LOT. i found Hibernation option.

  • Many thanks. It just disappeared but it's back.

  • Thank you so much it has been solved.



  • Thanks a lotttttt....
    It worked..

  • thankssss a lottt
    it worked in just a few second
    very very thanxxxx
    i will offer u a cup full of water

  • thanks!

  • Doesn't work on Win 10 home even with Hybrid sleep set to off

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