How Do I Change Hibernation Settings in Windows 8?

For a long time Windows has had power saving functionality of various types. In Windows XP and Windows Vista we had a standby mode which used minimal power and a hibernation mode which would use no power. In Windows 7 and Windows 8 the hibernation and standby modes become one single mode called Sleep mode. You can configure how long the computer will be idle before it goes to “sleep”.


  1. Right-click anywhere on the Windows desktop. When the context menu appears, click on Personalize.
  2. In the bottom-right of the personalization window, click on the Screen Saver link.

  3. In Screen Saver Settings window, click on the Change Power Settings link.
  4. In the left column of the Power Options window, click on the link labeled Change when the computer sleeps.
  5. You can now configure when the computer goes to sleep (AKA hibernation) and when it turns the monitor off to save power.
  6. When done, click on the Save Changes or OK button.

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