How to enable Hibernation support on Microsoft Surface

In this tutorial, you will see how to enable hibernation support on your Surface devices. You will be able to put your Surface into hibernation right from the power menu.

Hibernation Support on Surface

Hibernation support is disabled by default on every Surface devices since Microsoft introduced new modern standby feature on them. The modern standby allows your surface benefits from instant on/off, background activity while the system is off, and simplified wake story feature.

Even modern standby allows you to resume your work instantly but it does drain a bit of your battery juice. If you plan not resume your anytime soon, you should hibernate your Surface to completely stop the battery drain. In this article, I will guide you how you can hibernate your Surface right from the power menu in the start menu.

Note The following instruction is only applicable for Surface PCs that operate with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Home or Pro. Windows 8.1 RT does not support hibernation.

  • Applicable for: Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro (2017), Surface Book, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio.
  • Not Applicable for: Surface RT and Surface 2.

How to check Hibernate option in System Power Settings

Here is how you can check whether hibernation is turned on or off on your Surface.

  1. Right click on battery icon in the system tray
  2. Click Power Options
  3. Click Choose what the power buttons do
  4. You will see that there are no Hibernate option under the Shutdown settings

Default Surface System Power Settings

Turning on Hibernation Support via Command Line or PowerShell

To turn on hibernation support on your Surface.

  1. Right click on Start icon
  2. Click on Windows PowerShell (Admin)
    How to go to Windows PowerShell (Admin)
  3. In the Windows PowerShell, type powercfg /h on, press Enter
    Command to turn on Hibernate option
  4. Now when you go back to Power Options > System Settings, you will see that Hibernate is available in Shutdown settings.
    Surface System Power Settings with Hibernate option
  5. Now you can hibernate your Surface right from power menu in the start menu.
    Hibernate option in Power menu
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