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Published on 04.13.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Hybrid Sleep On in Windows 7

Learn how to turn hybrid sleep on in Windows 7.

Turn Hybrid Sleep On

  1. Open the Control Panel in the Start menu.
  2. Open Power Options in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Power Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Click Change plan settings next to the power plan you want to edit.


  4. Click Change advanced power settings.


  5. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable.


  6. Set Allow hybrid sleep to On under Sleep and then click OK to save the changes.


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  1. Peter Vasdi says:

    What these descriptions fail to mention is, on a desktop, how hybrid sleep works. The Change plan settings only display the sleep delay, but then what happens to make the sleep into a hybrid situation? If I click on Advanced power settings, then the selections are multiple and “what to do here”? I can set the Hybrid on, but what does that do? What does “hybrid” mean anyway, exactly – is it just the same as “customize”?

  2. Jim Bob says:

    Straight from the microsoft website:

    Hybrid sleep is designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep is a combination of sleep and hibernate—it puts any open documents and programs in memory and on your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state so that you can quickly resume your work. That way, if a power failure occurs, Windows can restore your work from your hard disk. When hybrid sleep is turned on, putting your computer into sleep automatically puts your computer into hybrid sleep. Hybrid sleep is typically turned on by default on desktop computers.

  3. Ubtree says:

    According to Microsoft:
    “Hybrid sleep is another new power-saving feature designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep saves any open documents and programs to memory and to your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state.

    Unlike mobile PCs, desktop computers typically don’t have battery-based power backup. So if a sudden power failure occurs to a desktop computer in standard sleep mode, data loss could occur.

    But with hybrid sleep turned on, Windows can restore your work from your hard disk. On desktop computers, hybrid sleep is typically turned on by default.”

    More info. is available at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Turn-off-a-computer-frequently-asked-questions

  4. DOS_equis says:

    Hybrid sleep is a mix on suspend and hibernation. It writes the system state to RAM and HDD. In case of a power outage during sleep, the system can resume normally by reading from the hiberfil.sys file since the RAM would be wiped clean from the power outage.



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