If you want to save as much power as you can when using your computer you might want to consider using the Hibernate option. This option isn’t enabled by default on Windows 10 but that doesn’t mean that there’s no way to add it to the Start Menu.

Most desktop computers come with Sleep option enabled by default. Using the sleep option you can turn off most of your computer hardware and store your current information on your RAM.

While using Sleep mode, your computer will still use some power although a lot less. So it’s good to use Sleep option if you’re going to be away from your computer for short period of time.

One advantage of sleep mode is that it “wakes up” from Sleep mode in just a matter of seconds, so you can easily continue where you left off.

If your PC won’t exit Sleep Mode, check out this nifty guide to solve the problem. On the other hand, if you’re having trouble keeping your PC in sleep mode, then we recommend you to take a look at this article to find a solution.

Steps to add Hibernate option in Windows 10 start menu

As for the Hibernate option it works on a similar way, but it stores your open documents and running applications on your hard drive and shuts down your computer.

In a Hibernate mode, your computer uses zero electrical power, so it’s good to use this option if you’re going to be away for a while and you want to continue where you left off when you get back.

Only downside of Hibernation mode is that it takes a bit more to start compared to Sleep mode. Let’s see how to enable Hibernation mode on Windows 10:

  1. Open Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound > Power Options.
  2. Click Choose what the power buttons do.
  3. Next click the Change Settings that are currently unavailable link. This will allow you to change shutdown options.
  4. Check the Hibernate (Show in Power menu).Hibernate start menu windows 10
  5. Click on Save changes and that’s it.

If you can’t find your Power Plans, get them back by following the easy steps in this article.


You can’t open Control Panel on Windows 10? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.


Now you should have Hibernate option available in the Start Menu. If you have any comments, or questions, just reach for the comments below.

Unfortunately, various technical issues may occur after enabling the Hibernation mode on Windows 10. For example, your computer may fail to enter hibernation. In other cases, your computer may take too much time to wake up from hibernation.

In case you encounter any of these issues, you can use the troubleshooting guides listed below. Follow the instructions available in the respective guides and you should be able to fix the problem in just a few minutes:

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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