Why does my computer shut down when I tell it to hibernate?

R Ze January 18, 2012

When I put my computer into hibernate mode, it actually ends up shutting off entirely. It doesn’t resume like it is supposed to. I don’t know why it does this, so any help would be appreciated.

  1. Anonymous
    January 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Try this microsoft fixit to enable or desable Hibernate

    January 18, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Hello, what is the operating system?  Most times this happens when your power settings are misconfigured.  You can also check the power settings in your BIOS.  If your BIOS supports it make sure power settings are set to S3.

    You could try enabling hibernation by doing the following:

    -- click on start
    -- type cmd in search box (windows 7/vista)
    -- right click on cmd.exe entry result
    -- click on run as administrator
    -- type the following command in command prompt:

    Powercfg -h on

    -- this command will enable hibernation in your system
    -- try setting your system in hibernation

    I do not know what your operating system is.  There are some troubleshooting steps in the link below.  You could write pages about this stuff:
    Windows 7/Vista:


    • R Ze
      January 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I don't know what you are saying by enabling hibernate. What I was trying to say was that, sometimes when I click the hibernate button in win 7, I realize it's off and says the system didn't shut down properly. Other times, when I do click hibernate, it resumes the system. I just want to know why sometimes it resumes and sometimes it gives me the message that the system didn't shut down properly. I mean it's not even supposed to shut down when you hibernate your computer.

      • FIDELIS
        January 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        Hello, usually that is the case when something such as a scheduled task is running in the background and did not close properly.  More info about hibernation:


        Sometimes with issues like this, you could try disabling hibernation, then deleting the  c:hiberfil.sys file.  Once that is done, reenable hibernation.

        • R Ze
          January 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

          ok thanks for your help!

        • FIDELIS
          January 23, 2012 at 12:19 am

          don't mention it

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