Windows Talk: Sleep or Hibernate?

By James Fisher for Windows Talk

bedroomNo, it is not a question as to what to do this winter, but it is a common question for Windows users to ask: do I use Sleep or Hibernate on my computer? What is the difference?

The Windows Help and Support Center has this explanation:
Sleep is a power-saving state that allows a computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. Putting your computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player—the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want to resume working.

Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

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This excerpt is shared with permission from Windows Talk.

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8 thoughts on “Windows Talk: Sleep or Hibernate?”

  1. On my Windows 7 desktop I can not find hibernate. Is it on there somewhere ?
    When I use sleep mode it keeps waking up
    when I don’t want it to.

  2. I Have 5 Computers With Windows 7 On Them & When I Set Part Of Them On Sleep Or Hybernate, They Will Go There But a Few Seconds Later, They Will Re-Boot On Their Own.If Any One Knows How To Solve The Problem, Please Reply Here Or By E-Mail.

    1. My Win7 desktop is setup for Windows Media Center to change channels on my cable box and record shows 24×7. It won’t startup from a shutdown, but it will start from Hibernate.

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