Hibernation in Windows 11 is a power state when the computer saves the current operating system state and shuts down without the need to close apps or save data. It is a convenient feature not available in Windows 11 by default. Still, you can fix missing hibernation in Windows 11 using a few simple software tricks. Here is how to fix hibernation not available in Windows 11.
Important note. One of the reasons Windows 11 hibernate is not working or is not available is a missing chipset driver. Before turning on hibernation in Windows 11, ensure you have the latest chipset driver installed.
Enable Hibernation in Windows 11: The Easiest Way
The simplest way to enable hibernation in Windows 11 is to use Command Prompt or Windows Terminal. Note that the action requires Administrator access, so your profile should have the corresponding privileges. Alternatively, you can enter the Administrator password on the User Account Control screen.
- Press Win + R and type cmd, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. This will run Command Prompt as Administrator.
- Enter the following command and press Enter:
powercfg /h on
- Now run the command:
powercfg /h /type full
Windows 11 hibernation should now be available in the power menu. Press the Start menu button and click the power button. If there is still no hibernation button, proceed with the following method.
Turn On Windows 11 Hibernate Through the Control Panel
Even when enabled, hibernation in Windows 11 might now appear in the power menu. In this case, you need to enable it in the Control Panel. Do the following:
- Press Win + R and type powercfg.cpl in the Run dialog box. Press Enter.
- Click the “Choose what the power buttons do” link.
- Click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link. This action requires Administrator privileges.
- Now place a checkmark next to the Hibernate option.
- Click the Save changes button.
If you still have no luck and Windows 11 hibernate is not working, try the following:
Open Command Prompt as Administrator and type the following command: powercfg /restoredefaultschemes. This command will restore default power schemes, after which you can try enabling hibernation in Windows 11 using one of the methods above.
Also, you can try running the default power troubleshooter in Windows 11:
- Open Command Prompt as Administrator and execute the following command:
msdt.exe /id PowerDiagnostic
- If you do not want to use Command Prompt, press Win + I to open the Windows Settings app.
- Go to System > Troubleshoot.
- Click Other troubleshooters.
- Find Power and click Run.
- Follow the on-screen instruction.
That is how you fix Windows 11 hibernate not working.