In versions prior to Windows 8, Microsoft added a pretty cool feature for the computer to start up faster. This speed can be compared to what it does using a disk solid state.
However, like the button “Start” from the taskbar, in W8 this tool is not visible. But we will not enter into discussions. We will focus on telling you how this utility is for and how to make the most of it.
We will also tell you what are the advantages and disadvantages of using it. But above all what method should you follow to reactivate it.
What is the hibernate feature in Windows 8 and what is it for?
It is a tool whose main function is execute system start-up in a faster way than traditional. In addition, it allows to the resume our work programs appear in the same way that when we run “Hibernate”. This is done because the system keeps our content housed in temporary files RAM memories in a file called “Hiberfil.sys”.
This, in turn, is stored on the hard drive. In this way, as long as the disk works properly, we will have available all temporary information login. The size of this file corresponds to 75% of RAM size installed. In other words, if you have 8 GB, it will weigh 6 GB. Similarly, with 32 of RAM, it will occupy a space of approximately 24 GB. It is something you should consider before activating This function.
What is the difference between hibernate, suspend and lock the screen in Windows 8?
While the functions of hibernate, suspend and lock the screen are aimed at saving energy, it is important that you know that have differences substantial. These are based on the components that remain in operation during your application. Let’s see a little more in detail. As we mentioned before, the hibernation stores data of the session in a archive inside the hard drive. Remember that the information that is saved here is not lost if we cut the power supply.
Whereby all components are turned off, reducing electricity consumption to a minimum. On the other hand, the suspension does not create any files, however all the information we are using such as open windows and programs are still running, but through the RAM. The device continues to provide power to the component since otherwise such information would be lost. Thus, consumption, although it is low, is older than in hibernation.
Finally, we find the screen lock, whose purpose is what its name describes. That is to say, minimize monitor consumption. It is reactivated when we press any key or move the mouse. All components internal still in operation and consuming energy. So which one to choose from these three functions it will depend on the savings you want to make. This may not matter on desktop devices, but if you use Windows 8 on a laptop, be crucial to manage your battery.
Learn step by step how to enable the hibernate function in Windows 8
If at press the off button the option of “Hibernate”, is that it is disabled in the system. But you should not worry, since reactivating it is quite simple.
You just have to follow these steps:
- Press the key Windows, accessing the start menu.
- Writes “Energy” and choose “Energy options” or access it through the control panel.
- Once in this window, click on “Change the power buttons”. (The name of that one may vary slightly depending on the version of Windows).
- At the top, click “Change settings not currently available”. For this you must have administrator access. By doing so, the options that were locked can be modified.
- Check the box “Hibernate”.
- Press “Save Changes”.
- If you want you can attribute this action to the power or sleep button of your device.
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