Why is hibernation disabled in 64-bit Windows Vista and 7?

avirup das May 25, 2010

Why is hibernate disabled in x64 Windows operating systems?

My system configuration is:
Intel DQ35JOE motherboard
Intel Q9300 Quad Core
4 GB Transcend 800mhz RAM
Zebronics 525Watt PSU

Is there any problem with the motherboard?
How could I enable hibernation in my system?

Thanks in advance.

  1. Amash
    May 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    It depends if you have linux installed. If you have then you will have to delete it, because it is conflicting with the fixmbr file. It is the GRUB that causes the problem. To uninstall Linux, you can watch this video...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5TgiEpfoK4. This includes removing the GRUB.

    If you haven't got Linux installed, restore hibernation
    1. Click on the Windows key + R
    2. The run process will pop-up, type in "cmd" (without quotes) and press, Ctrl+Alt+Enter (to open using administrator)
    3. Type in powercfg /hibernate off (to delete hibernation in case it is corrupted) then type in powercfg /hibernate on (to turn hibernate on)
    4. Type in "exit" (without quotes) and hit Enter.
    5. Reboot you computer.

    ----Thats it and this should fix the problem----

    But if it doesn't you can install Advanced System Care (free - if you use this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51HrWfJoAaM) and it will fix for you.

  2. Aibek
    May 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    There can be several reason for the problem:

    - the Disk Cleanup Utility was used to delete the Hibernation File Cleaner.
    - the computer does not support the hibernation feature.
    - the hibernation feature is disabled or the Hybrid Sleep feature is enabled.

    Provided that your computer actually supports the hibernation feature you can enable the hibernation feature using the PowerCfg tool.

    Go to Start -> select Run -> type cmd to access the command prompt - > type powercfg /hibernate on.

    Let us know if it helps


  3. Steve Campbell
    May 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Assuming that you've fiddled around with the power settings already to some extent, my guess is you should take a look at your BIOS like thurana suggested. No doubt there is a setting somewhere that needs to be changed.

  4. Anonymous
    May 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Hi avirup das,

    According to Windows Help, there are several possibilities why hibernation is disabled in your system: your video card doesn't support sleep (solution: update the driver), or the sleep option is turned off in your BIOS (solution: got to BIOS and turn it on).

    For more information, you can search your Windows Help (Start - Help and Support)