There is no hibernation in the start menu in Windows 11 and Windows 10 – how do I fix it?

There is no hibernation in the start menu in Windows 11 and Windows 10 – how do I fix it?

Users accustomed to using hibernate mode on a PC or laptop may sometimes find that such an item is missing from the Start menu and other places with a shutdown menu, this is usually easy to remedy.

This step-by-step tutorial details what to do if there is no "Hibernate" option in the Windows 11 and Windows 10 shutdown menu and you need to get it back.

Easily enable "Hibernate" option in Control Panel power settings

The quickest method, although not always applicable, is to enable "Hibernation" in the power settings of Control Panel. This method will work as long as the hibernation feature itself has not been disabled or configured in any way.

The steps would be the following:

  1. Open the control panel and then the option “Power supply”. You can also press the keys Win + R on the keyboard and enter powercfg.cpl to get to this window.
  2. In the left panel, click on "Power Button Actions".
  3. In the next window, tap “Change settings that are currently unavailable.”
  4. If available, check “Hibernate mode, show in shutdown menu” and apply the settings. The desired item will return to the Start menu.

There may be no 'Hibernate Mode' option in the window above, or it may not be active – this can happen and is usually resolved by one of the methods below.

Enable hibernation and full hibernation file size on the command line

The above method may not work if you, or possibly some third-party software, have previously disabled hibernation or set a low hibernation file size. To fix it, use the following method:

  1. Run the command line as administrator. To do this you can start by typing “Command line” in the taskbar search, right-click on the found result and select “Run as administrator”. Other ways to run the command line as administrator
  2. In order, type two commands, pressing Enter after each
    powercfg /h on powercfg /h /type full
  3. Warning: if running the above commands gives you a message that "this request is not supported" or that your system firmware does not support hibernation, and it is not a virtual machine (in which hibernation may not be supported) ), install the original chipset drivers from the device manufacturer's website and, if available, separate power management drivers; For Intel laptops and computers, you should also install the Intel Management Engine Interface driver.
  4. Close the command line.

If the "Hibernate" option doesn't appear automatically after this, use the first method described above: this time the desired option should be listed. If it appears, but is not active, the following steps should help.

Enable "Hibernation" to show in Local Group Policy Editor and Registry Editor

Even though hibernation is enabled, it is possible that the “Hibernate mode” option, even though it is present in the power settings, is not active, and the window shows “Some settings are set by the system administrator”. This indicates that the "Hibernate Mode" option has been disabled through local group policies. It can be enabled in the following ways.

If you have Windows 11 or Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise installed:

  1. Right-click the Start button, select Run, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  2. In the Local Group Policy Editor that opens, go to Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Explorer.
  3. In the right pane, double-click the “Show hibernate mode in power menu” setting and set it to “On” or “Not configured”, apply the setting.

If set to "On" the "Hibernation" item will always be displayed, if set to "Not Set" it may need to be enabled in power settings as described in the first method (assuming hibernation is supported by the computer ).

For home version of Windows, where gpedit.msc is not available, a registry editor can be used:

  1. Right-click the Start button, select Run, type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Ir a
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Explorer
  3. If you see the parameter ShowHibernateOption with value 0 in the right pane, delete it, or double-click the parameter, set the value to 1 and apply the settings.

As in the previous case, removing the setting causes the "Hibernation" item in the power settings to be enabled or disabled, and selecting 1 causes it to be permanently enabled, in case hibernation is supported. hibernation and the feature itself is enabled at the system level.

Some reviews suggest performing a power circuit reset in addition to the steps described. This can be done using the following command at the command line, run as administrator:

powercfg /restoredefaultschemes

Another option is to run the built-in power supply troubleshooter. To get started quickly, you can use the command

msdt.exe / id PowerDiagnostic

in the Run window, or use the instructions Troubleshoot Windows 11, Troubleshoot Windows 10.

I hope the suggested methods have helped to solve the problem. If there are any doubts, ask in the comments, a solution will be found.

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