To hibernate in Windows operating system helps to save power, battery life and other subsequent helps, from keeping the room cool to stepping the fan work down. It is also a very friendly thing to do when one is not using the computer. That is like telling the computer to rest a bit without putting it off when having some works going on at the background.
This process is very helpful to how one uses the system. Not quite often, it is revisited by people who usually set it to auto-herbinate within some timing yet the manual process seems to be far more effective and better suited for most activities.
Hibernate works better with laptops than desktop systems. However, it is not one hundred percent guaranteed that it would function always at a reliable time-line. That is, it is not one hundred percent reliable process without having to experience one thing or the other one might find trying out.
When the process is giving problem of not able to hibernate or just freezes the system before switching it off, then something must be wrong somewhere within the computer operating system or hardware. They are often likely software or hardware problems, when any of them is bound to be the failure of the computer to reliability functions to the user’s demand then it is obvious to find solution.
If you are experiencing any problem with system failing to hibernate as usual there are steps to follow in rectifying the problem. These steps fall into software troubleshooting to hardware replacement.
(a) Software Troubleshooting.
Windows maker has provide ways for troubleshooting hibernate problem and they can be helpful in times of experiencing one.
Step 1: Go to ‘Control Panel’ and select ‘Hardware and Sound’ and move to ‘Power Options’ and set the power option to necessary options.
Image of the Windows Command Prompt after running powercfg -q .
Step 2: Or click ‘Start’ and select ‘Programs’, move to ‘Accessories’ and right click ‘Command Prompt’ and select ‘Run as Administrator’. At command prompt type powercfg.cpl on the run and click OK and set the power options to appropriate options.
Step 3: Click ‘Start’ and select ‘Programs’. Move to ‘ Accessories’ and right-click ‘Command’ and select ‘Run as Administrator’. –> very important to run this process as Administrator.
Step 4: Type powercfg -q for the power settings query .
Step 5: After Windows has finished with the query process, type powercfg -h on to put on the hibernate.
Step 6: When finished with the process restart the system to make changes.
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Step 9: If you are not sure of the cause of the problem. Use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to look for the culprits.If you don’t have Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor you can download it from Microsoft Offical Website. And, don’t forget to do Windows Updates. To do that got to ‘Control Panel’ Select ‘ Windows Update’ and to the left-hand side click ‘Check for Updates’ and click ‘Updates’ to download and install them.
Step 8: There are software that help with a better functionality of the hibernate. Google on any of them and install it. Example of a hibernate package is Solarwinds Wake on Lan ,etc.
Step 9: If you are still experiencing the same trouble, please, try to upgrade the system BIOS by going to the system maker official website to download the rightful BIOS flash or firmware.
(b) Hardware Troubleshooting
Some hardware failure can be a consequential cause of a system failing to hibernate.
Step 1: Check if the system RAM is working properly. If not replace it.
Step 2: Check if the system power is fluctuating or failing. Also check for power cable problem and battery(if it is laptop).
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Step 3: Check if Network Adapter is working properly and not interfering with it. Right-click ‘My Computer’ and select ‘Manage’ and click on ‘Device Manager’. Under ‘Network Adapter’ select ‘Advanced Menu’ and select ‘None’ under ‘Wake Up Capability’. Do this if mouse is interfering with the wake up process.
Step 4: Check if the mouse is working properly and not interfering with the working condition of the hibernate process.
Step 5: Check to make USB memory stick, card and port are not interfering. If you are using USB when experiencing this trouble. To do that:
Step 6: Click ‘Start’ and type gpedit.msc and press ENTER.
Image of Group Policy during USB control
Step 7: Under ‘ Computer Configuration’ select ‘Administrative Template’. Click ‘System’, go to ‘Device Installation’ , move to ‘ Device Installation restriction’ and right-click ‘Allow administrator to override Device Installation restriction’. Go to ‘Edit and select ‘Enable’. Only do this if your are sure the USB is interfering with the process or else don’t .