Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Adding Hibernate button to the shutdown screen (so, no need to press the Shift button)

To show the "Hibernate" button when you click "Start->Turn Off Computer", follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
3. Right-click Windows, point to New, and then click Key.
4. In the New Key #1 box, type System, and then press ENTER.
5. Right-click System, point to New, and then click Key.
6. In the New Key #1 box, type Shutdown, and then press ENTER.
7. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
8. In the New Value # 1 box, type ShowHibernateButton, and then press ENTER.
9. Right-click ShowHibernateButton, and then click Modify.
10. In the Value data box, type 1, leave the default Hexadecimal option selected, and then click OK.
11. Quit Registry Editor.

If you haven't enabled Hibernate on your PC then do the following:
To enable hibernate support perform the following:
Start the Power Options control panel applet (Start - Settings - Control Panel - Power Options)
Select the Hibernate tab
Check the 'Enable hibernate support' box
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Click Apply then click OK

What is Hibernate?
Hibernate allows the machine to save its current state to disk and then power off. When you power the machine back on it will reload its old state meaning any applications and files that were open will still be running and you will lose nothing.

What hibernate does is dump the contents of memory to a file, c:\hiberfil.sys (which is slightly bigger than the amount of memory in the machine).

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