Hibernation support is disabled by default on every Surface device since Microsoft introduced a 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 a 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 to resume your anytime soon, you should hibernate your Surface to completely stop the battery drain. In this article, I will guide you on how you can hibernate your Surface right from the power menu in the start menu.
- 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.
Table of contents
- How to check the Hibernate option in System Power Settings
- Turning on Hibernation Support via Command Line or PowerShell
In the video below, I show you exactly the steps you need to do in order to turn on or turn off the hibernation power feature on Windows 10:
Here is how you can check whether hibernation is turned on or off on your Surface.
- Right-click on the battery icon in the system tray
- Click Power Options
- Click Choose what the power buttons do
- You will see that there are no Hibernate options under the Shutdown settings
To turn on hibernation support on your Surface.
- Right-click on the Start icon
- Click on Windows PowerShell (Admin)
- In the Windows PowerShell, type powercfg /h on, press Enter
- Now when you go back to Power Options > System Settings, you will see that Hibernate is available in Shutdown settings.
- Now you can hibernate your Surface right from power menu in the start menu.