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You probably often use the Shut Down and Restart options (especially since it fixes so many problems) in Windows, but there are a couple of others that go unnoticed.
Sleep and Hibernate, though similar, perform two different functions: Sleep puts your system in a low-power state and saves everything to the RAM temporarily, while Hibernate saves your current session to the hard drive temporarily and shuts down the system.
In Windows 10, you might have noticed that the option to Hibernate isn’t immediately available. To get it back, you just have to do a little digging in the Control Panel. First, open the Power Options section of the Control Panel, and click Choose what the power button does on the left sidebar.
In this new menu, you might see text near the top of the screen that says Change settings that are currently unavailable; click that and confirm the UAC prompt, as you’ll need it to add Hibernation. Now, just scroll down to the Shutdown settings header and make sure the box by Hibernate is ticked. That’s all you have to do! Make sure to click Save changes to confirm.
— Rich DiGirolamo (@RecessRich) October 16, 2015
Now, when you click the Power entry on your Start menu, you should see Hibernate as a choice. Remember that you shouldn’t hibernate unless you need to save your current session and won’t be using your computer for a long time. For any short-term gaps, use Sleep. If you can save your work and be finished, just shut it down. Hibernation isn’t something you should need often.
Did you need Hibernation on your Windows 10 PC? Do you ever use Sleep or do you just shut down your computer all the time? Let us know below!