Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate in Windows 11/10/8/7 U

Some people use their laptops 24/7 without shutting them down, while others Shutdown or sometimes give tiny rest to laptops by sleep option & Many users use Hibernate for the same. Computers can sleep, Shutdown, hibernate, restart. But have you ever wondered about sleep & hibernate.

Do the same work, then? So why there are two separate buttons? So let’s find out What are differences & decide which option is suitable for your laptop. Each option has its own advantages & disadvantages.

Sleep vs. Hibernate

Sleeping Mode is the power-saving state. When the computer enters sleep mode, the PC’s state is kept in memory, but other parts are shut down and won’t use any power. Which allows the computer to resume fully functional when you want to start work again. It takes shorter to resume sleep than hibernate.

Putting the computer in sleep mode is like putting a D2H box in standby mode or pausing the DVD player.

Hibernate Mode

Hibernate state is designed only for laptops. While sleep puts your all settings & work in memory, hibernate puts your all settings and work on Hard Disk & then turn off the computer. The hibernate uses the same amount of power as a computer that is shut down. It takes longer to resume from hibernate than sleep, but hibernate uses much less power than sleep.


Sleep ing Mode is beneficial if you are away from your laptop for a small amount of time. When you need to use your PC again, you can resume in just a few seconds from where you left off. Your computer will always be ready to use when you need it.

HIBERNATE Mode – If you aren’t using your PC for a while, if you’re going to sleep for the night, you may hibernate your computer to save electricity and battery power. Hibernate is slower to resume than sleep. If you’re hibernating or shutting down your PC every time you step away from it throughout the day, you may be wasting a lot of time waiting for it. Hibernate saves more power than sleep.


  1. Go to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\System Settings. or Run command on Run Box “powercfg. CPL”. Open run box by shortcut key Windows + R.
  2. In the “Power Options” window, click the “Choose what power buttons do” link on the left-hand side.
  3. Now choose what power button should do? Sleep button should do? Lid close should do?
  4. Click on Save Changes. Done.

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