Sleep>Hibernate

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One of the nice things about Surface Book for me is how quickly it wakes from sleep. Pop it open, it’s instant. Or, at least, it used to be.

For a while now Microsoft has been doing this thing where when you put a laptop to sleep, it’ll stay that way for a while, and then hibernate if you don’t touch it. Makes sense: you don’t want it chewing up battery life for hours or days when hibernate is still pretty quick to start up. But a build or two ago they moved to a model where they would just try to decide what your use was, and then choose when to go from sleep to hibernate. I always found that was too aggressive, so I turned the option off, and manually set the “hibernate after” option in Advanced Power Settings to 360 minutes so I got a long sleep time and that quick start up.

The option now seems to be gone. I’m finding Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, are switching to hibernation from sleep for me after only 20 minutes or so. It’s a little thing, but it’s an annoyance. I still have the 360 minute setting, but Windows now seems to be ignorning it. Anyone have any idea how to get this option back?

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2 responses to “Sleep>Hibernate”

  1. wright_is

    It is still there, at least on my Spectre, but has been relegated to advanced power options.


    From the Power Settings, click on Related Power Settings (this open the old Control Panel). From there, I clicked on "Change plan settings" (it was offering me the HP optimized settings on the panel that opened up) and then on Advanced settings (on the optimize page, I could only select when the device turned off and when the display turned off.

    In the advanced settings, you can set how long it takes to sleep, how long hybernate waits (it is a subsection of sleep).

    You can also set timeouts for individual components, like the hard drive, here.

    I hope that helps.


    Edit: The standard settings in the HP power plan are sleep after 15 minutes and hybernate after 120 minutes.

  2. hrlngrv

    As a general matter, you can always see if it's still available in the registry. Desktop icon spacing was removed a few versions ago from desktop settings, but it's still possible to change in the registry.

    MSFT does seem to enjoy making some things more difficult.

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