How do I resume from hibernate after installing a Windows Update?

Anonymous January 2, 2014
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After installing Windows Updates on my new computer, hibernate stops working (when resuming there’s just a black screen).

I can see my cursor moving over it. This also sometimes happens when I restart now. How do I repair this problem?

  1. Hovsep A
    January 3, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Try to run the System File Checker tool.
    Command prompt - sfc /scannow

    A computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 stops responding when you put the computer in sleep mode (S3) or resume the computer from the S3 mode

    Fix Hiberfil.sys Problems
    1) open a Command Prompt window as administrator
    Run these two commands in the Command Prompt window:
    2) powercfg.exe /hibernate off
    3) powercfg.exe /hibernate off

    List of Sleep and Hibernate related hotfixes post SP1 for Windows 7 SP1.

  2. Jan F
    January 3, 2014 at 4:20 am

    What update(s) did you install when this started happening?
    First you should look into the update history at Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update if there was any warning or error with the last update(s) you installed.

    Also try disabling and re-enabling hibernation. This should clear the old "hiberfil" file that is used to store the state of the system before hibernation or sleep.
    The easiest method is probably to open up an elevated command prompt (search in Start menu and then right-click "Run as administrator) and issue the command "powercfg -h off". Reboot your system and do the same with "powercfg -h on"

    If Windows update installed any new driver you might also want to download the appropriate one from the manufacturers site and install it.