Yesterday, I got my new laptop running Windows 8.1 Enterprise. It’s a great improvement over my 4 year old first gen Core i5 system, and I’m sure it will be a wonderful system. My problem came at the end of the day when it was time to power down for the night.

So, I right clicked on the Start button, selected Shut down or sign out, and there it was not. No Hibernate option. This would not do.

Luckily, it’s a quick fix to get this option back.

  1. Go to the Control panel.
  2. Select Power Options.
  3. On the left side, click Choose what the power buttons do.
  4. Near the top, click the link “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. A new section “Shutdown Settings” should now appear at the bottom of the page. Scroll down if you do not see it.
  5. Click the checkbox next to Hibernate to have it appear in the power menu. I also unchecked Sleep, as I personally don’t use sleep.

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  1. Save your changes and check out the power menu:

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There you have it. Just a quick change restored my go-to shutdown option for laptops was restored.

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