[Solved] Hibernate Option Missing From Windows Vista Start Menu

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 8, 2009



Is Hibernate options missing from your Windows Vista Start Menu?


Windows Vista Power Options are different from Windows XP wherein you could simply enable and disable Hibernate options from Windows Control Panel > Power Options > Hibernate settings


There is no such simple setting windows in Power options of Windows Vista. In this article we share a method to restore Hibernate option in Windows Vista Start Menu.


Follow these steps to enable Hibernate option in start menu of Windows Vista:


1. Press “Window Key + r” or go to Start > Run to launch Run Prompt. Type “cmd” and press enter to open Command Prompt.



2. On the command Prompt windows, type the following two command in order:

  • powercfg /hibernate on
  • powercfg -h on


That is it, its done. Now you can see and use Hibernate Option in Windows Start Menu as seen below:


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Trupti May 12, 2009 at 11:18 am


I followed the steps you have given but my pc is saying that
“You dont have a permission to enable or disable hibernate feature”

What do i do now??
Please tel me the solution
Plz Help me

Rohit May 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm

u need to loging with a user who has administrator rights.

cimnine June 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Goto Start->All Programs->Accessoires, Right-Click on Command Prompt and select “Run As Administrator”

Matt October 1, 2009 at 12:11 am

I did what is says and it hibernation is on but it still doesn’t show on the start menu power options

Agha July 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

Commands went well, but, the option is still missing on the start menu

Agha July 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

Commands went well, but, the option is still missing on the start menu. I’m sorry not to tell one thing! Operating system is windows 7.

Suki January 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

I followed the instructions but received this error message: Hibernation failed with the following error: The request is not supported.
There are one or more legacy drivers installed:
An internal system component has disable hibernation.
What should I do?

Kara June 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Thanks! This worked : – )

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