Windows 8 does not have any Start Menu and you have to open the Power options menu in order to shutdown, restart or sleep your computer. But as you must have noticed, the power options menu does not have any hibernate option. If you want to hibernate your computer, then you can add an option to hibernate your PC in the power options menu using the instructions below.
Method 1 : Using Group Policy Editor
- Press Windows logo key + R. In the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
- In the Group Policy Editor window navigate to Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → File Explorer. On the right side panel, there would be many settings in the list. Double-click on Show hibernate in the power options menu setting in the list as shown.
- In the next window that opens up, select Enabled from the options and then click OK. This would add an option to hibernate in the power options popup menu in Windows 8.
Method 2 : Using Registry Editor
- Press Windows logo key + R. In the Run dialog, type regedit and press Enter.
- In the Registry Editor window navigate to the following registry key :
If the subkey Explorer does not exist, then right-click on Microsoft and choose New → Key. Then type Explorer as the name of the new key and press Enter.
- Select the Explorer, then on the right-side panel right-click and select New → DWORD value and create a value named ShowHibernateOption.
- Double-click on the newly created DWORD value and set its value to 1.
- If you have 64-bit Windows 8, then repeat steps from 2 to 4, for the following registry key as well :
- That’s it. You have just added the option to hibernate to the power options menu in Windows 8.