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Q. What is the Hibernation in Windows 2000/XP/2003?
When a computer enters hibernation, a snapshot of all computer settings
and memory contents of a computer is taken, the information is saved to
the local hard disk, and then the computer is turned off. When you
restart the computer, all the settings and memory contents are restored
to their original state. Unlike the standby state, the computer does
not require power to maintain itself when it enters hibernation. All
documents and programs are restored to their original state when the
computer comes out of hibernation. This article describes how to
configure a Windows 2000- compatible computer that supports Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) to enter hibernation.
Q. I have selected Hibernate in options dialog but nothing happens on shutdown!
A.You shoud enable hibernation mode in the control panel. See the following answer.
How to enable hibernation in Windows 2000/XP/2003?
Use the following procedure to configure your computer to enable hibernation.
- Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
- Double-click the Power Options icon, and then click the Hibernate tab.
- Click to select the Enable hibernate support check box (if it is not already selected).
- You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the administrators
group to enable hibernation. If your computer is connected to a
network, network policy settings may prevent you from completing this
- Hibernation is not practical for computers that function as servers because the
server must be available; hibernation makes a server unavailable.
- The procedures described in this article are for computers that support
ACPI; they are not for computers that support Advanced Power
Management. The procedure for Advanced Power Management may vary
because the BIOS of the computer is responsible for hibernation. Refer
to your computer manual for complete instructions for this procedure.
How can I shut down computer automatically at the specified time?
Its really simple!
- First of all you create "shutdown shortcut".
- You can use your favorite scheduler (i.e. Scheduled Tasks shortcut in Control Panel) to run
this shortcut at the any time.
How to create shut down computer(shut down windows) shortcut?
To create a shut down (suspend, hibernate, logoff etc.) shortcut, use the following steps.
- Right-click an open area on the desktop, point to New, and then click Shortcut.
- Locate the Shutdown Lock programm, usual "C:\Program Files\shutdownlock.com\shutdownlock.exe",
click it, click Open.
- Add "shutdown" (turnoff, hibernate, standby etc.) command into command line and then click Next.
- Type a name for the shortcut. If a Finish button appears at the bottom of the dialog box,
click it. If a Next button appears at the bottom of the dialog box, click it, click the icon you want to use for the shortcut, and then click Finish.
To create restart shortcut using other utility see our
Shut down computer with Windows 2000/XP/2003 article.
How to configure power off button?
To configure power off button do the following steps.
- Opens the Windows XP Control Panel click Power Options. Click the Advanced tab.
- In the Power Buttons section, under "When I press the power button on my computer," select "Shut down", "Hibernate", or any other.
- Click Apply or OK button.
Please note if this is not visible on your Advanced tab, then your computer does not have the hardware
capability to do this job correctly, or the capability is disabled in CMOS.