What is the Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate in Window 7?
Windows provides several options for conserving power when we are not using your PC like, Sleep, Hibernate, and Hybrid Sleep, and are particularly useful if we have a laptop. Here’s the difference between them.
Sleep mode is a power saving state that is similar to pausing a DVD movie. All actions on the computer are stopped, any open documents and applications are put in memory while the computer goes into a low-power state. The computer technically stays on, but only uses a bit of power. We can quickly resume normal, full-power operation within a few seconds. Sleep mode is basically the same thing as “Standby” mode.Sleep mode is useful if you want to stop working for a short period of time. The computer doesn’t use much power in Sleep mode, but it does use some.
Sleep mode is useful if we want to stop working for a short period of time. The computer does not use much power in Sleep mode, but it does use some.
Hibernate mode is very similar to sleep, but instead of saving your open documents and running applications to our RAM, it saves them to our hard disk. This allows our computer to turn off entirely, which means once our computer is in Hibernate mode, it uses zero power. We can also resume everything where we left off.
Use this mode if we won’t be using our laptop for an extended period of time, and we don’t want to close our documents.
Hybrid Sleep mode is a combination of the Sleep and Hibernate modes meant for desktop computers. It puts any open documents and applications in memory and on our hard disk, and then puts our computer into a low-power state, allowing us to quickly wake the computer and resume our work. The Hybrid Sleep mode is enabled by default in Windows on desktop computers and disabled on laptops. When enabled, it automatically puts our computer into Hybrid Sleep mode when we put it into Sleep mode.
Hybrid Sleep mode is useful for desktop computers in case of a power outage. When power resumes, Windows can restore our work from the hard disk, if the memory is not accessible.
How to Put Your Computer In Sleep or Hibernation Mode:
In Windows 7, the Sleep and Hibernate options are accessed using the arrow button next to the Shutdown button on the Start menu.
How to Wake Your Computer from Sleep or Hibernation:
Most computers can be woken up by pressing the power button. However, every computer is different. We might need to press a key on the keyboard, click a mouse button, or lift the laptop’s lid.
How to Enable and Disable the Hybrid Sleep Option:
To enable or disable the Hybrid Sleep Option, open the Control Panel. In Windows 7, select “Control Panel” on the Start menu.
There are different ways of viewing and accessing the tools in the Control Panel. By default, the Control Panel settings are grouped by Category. From the Category view, press “System and Security”.
Then, press “Power Options” on the System and Security screen.
On the Choose or customize a power plan screen, press the “Change plan settings” link to the right of the currently selected power plan else, we can change the Hybrid Sleep option for either one or both of the power plans. The steps are the same for both.
On the Change settings for the plan screen, press the “Change advanced power settings” link.
On the Power Options dialog box, press the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link.
Press the plus sign next to Sleep to expand the options, if they are not already expanded. Press the plus sign next to Allow Hybrid Sleep. Select “Off” from one or both of the drop-down lists under the Allow Hybrid Sleep heading.
By default, Windows requires a password to access the computer when we wake it up from a power saving state. We can use the Power Options dialog box to turn this off. The first heading in the list box is the name of the power plan chosen in the drop-down list above the list box. Press the plus sign to expand the heading and select “Off” from one or both of the drop-down lists under the heading.
At this point, we can press “OK” to save your changes. However, if we want to prevent our computer from automatically sleeping or hibernating, leave the Power Options dialog box open, as we will use it again in the next section.