How to Disable Hibernate in Windows Vista

In this tutorial I will show you how to disable the hibernate feature in Windows Vista. A lot of people like to save energy by putting their desktop or laptop into hibernate mode but what they don’t realize is that the power savings is minimal and the potential damage to the operating system is great. The biggest problem with hibernate is that if your computer is hibernating and there is a power bump to your computer and it shuts down or restarts then it could corrupt Windows Vista and make it unusable. Adding to the problem is that most new computers have hibernate enabled by default. I would recommend always disabling hibernate and using sleep mode instead. Even better would be to just turn off your computer when your done for the day.


1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop and choose Personalize.

2. Now find the Screensaver link and click on it.

3. Once the screensaver screen appears click the Change Power Settings link under the Power Management section.

4. Under the Power Options screens find what power options you are using and then click the Change Plan Settings link.

5. Next step is to click on the Change Advanced Power Settings option and then the Power Options screen will pop-up.

6. Find the Sleep option and expand the plus sign to reveal more options like the Hibernate option.

7. Expand the Hibernate option and then click on the blue minutes next to the on Battery and Plugged In option.

8. Once you click on the minutes a text box will appear. Type in “0” for both battery and plugged in mode and then click the Hibernate option above.

9. Now click the Apply button and then the OK button and close all the other windows. Now your done.


– Computers have become so much more energy efficient today that putting your computer to hibernate mode will not save you any money on your energy bill.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Disable Hibernate in Windows Vista” using Windows Vista has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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