Technology Tips
Hibernation
August 10, 2009
   Tired of that slow operating system boot when you turn on your pc every day?  Making excuses to yourself to get a cup of coffee because your pc boot is so slow?  Or maybe you just want to save money and help the environment by using less energy.  Here is a great remedy for all these problems. 
   Virtually all newer PCs running Microsoft Windows have power options that allow you to enable hibernation mode.  Once this option is checked, Windows makes a hibernation file.  When a pc is put into hibernation, it writes details on every running application and the system state. 
   How do you enter hibernation mode?  Depending on how you configure Windows, it is typically a choice under the shut down menu.  If you only see standby as a choice, hold down the shift key and it will change to hibernation.  Standby, by the way is also a good way to save power and time, though it does not truly shut your pc off and continues to draw limited power.
   When you enter hibernation, the PC quickly writes to the hibernation file and shuts off.  This is the part that saves energy and electrical costs.  You don’t need to leave your PC on all night to avoid those lengthy morning boot times.  When you turn on the PC, it brings you back to Windows in seconds, not minutes.  And if you had applications running and files open, then they are restored to the exact place you left off!
   Need help with power settings and hibernation control?  Contact Platinum ITS now!


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