Temporarily disable hibernation for laptops

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 23 May 2012 / Last Updated on 23 May 2012]

How to temporarily disable hibernation when you close the lid of your laptop.

Laptop computers are often configured by default so that when you close their lid Windows goes into hibernation mode.  But sometimes this may be inconvenient.  For example, if you have several meetings in a row, then you may want Windows to stay running when you close the lid so your network and Bluetooth connections aren’t terminated while you switch rooms for your next meeting.

To temporarily disable hibernation on the machine, run the powercf –h off command and then shut the lid and Windows will remain running.  Then when you open the lid at your final meeting of the day, run powercf –h on to re-enable hibernation.  You can create shortcuts on your desktop that will run these commands.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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