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How to Program Your PC to Hibernate

You can save power and not-quite-exactly turn your PC by making it hibernate. When your computer hibernates, it saves all the memory — everything the system is doing — then turns the computer off. Hibernating means your computer is really and truly off, not just sleeping.

To hibernate your computer, you must program one of the power buttons:

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1Choose Control Panel→System and Maintenance.

If you’re in classic view, double-click Power Options.

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2Select Change What the Power Buttons Do.

This item appears below the Power Options heading or as a link on the left side of the Power Options window.

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3Select Hibernate from the drop-down list to the right of the button that you want to program.

You can program the console’s power button or the console’s moon button (if it has one).