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How To Turn Off The Windows Hibernation Feature

Windows has a power saving feature that lets you put your computer into sleep mode as well as a full hibernation sleep state. For notebook users, this will help conserve battery power. However, if you are primarily a desktop computer user who leaves your computer on all the time, you can disable this hibernate feature so it will not interfere with lengthy computer downloads or other work that you need your system to remain on for. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to turn off this hibernation feature.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. Now click on the Power Options icon to display the Power Options Properties Window.
  4. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  5. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  6. Now, click on the Hibernate tab located at the top of the power options screen.
  7. Then uncheck the Enable hibernation option with your mouse if it happens to be enabled.
  8. Now click on the OK button to save your changes and exit the Power Options windows.
  9. And then close the Control Panel to return back to your Window session.
  10. Your computer will no longer enter into a hibernation sleep state when you are away from it.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Control Panel icon.
  3. For Windows 98, double click the Power Management icon to open the Power Management Window.
  4. For Windows ME, double click the Power Options icon to open the Power Options Properties Window.
  5. Click on the Hibernate tab located at the top of the power options screen.
  6. This setting will turn off your notebook hard disk after 3 minutes of idleness, which is fine.
  7. Then click on the OK button to save your settings exit the Power Options Properties Window.
  8. And then close the Control Panel to return back to your Window session.
  9. Your computer will no longer enter into a hibernation sleep state when you are away from it.
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