Not only is hibernate hidden from the shutdown/log-off options in Windows XP…
It is also disabled by default!
The procedure to enable hibernate is not difficult, but it took a while to figure out where the configuration settings were hidden. Hopefully, posting it here will save you some time.
Before you logout out of Windows, a window appears giving you an array of shutdown, standby, hibernate… options. Depending on your configuration, this may be a set of 3 buttons or a dropdown set of options.
If you see a set of 3 buttons, holding shift at the window should display hibernate as an option.
If the hibernate option does not display, go to the section below about Enabling Hibernate.
If you see a window with a dropdown set of options and hibernate is not one of them, go to the section below about Enabling Hibernate.
- Go to the Control Panel > Power Options > Hibernate tab.
- Make sure Enable hibernation is checked.
- Click OK and hibernate should show up as one of your shutdown options.
Repetitively Enabling Hibernate
Maybe you have a lot of systems that require hibernation, or perhaps you’d like to include it in a set of scripts that you run when a system is built from scratch. You could run this command from the command prompt, or put it in a batch file:
Hope this helps!