When you go to shut down your computer you are given the options to Standby, Restart and Turn off. Putting you computer into Standby mode reduces your power consumption. The amount of electricity used by the computer in standby mode is just a trickle, just enough to keep the memory alive so that open programs and documents are stored without data loss. The primary power saving is achieved by turning off the system drives, monitor, and other items.
The Downside is that information that is currently in computer memory is not saved to your hard disk. If you have an interruption in power, information in memory will be lost. Because of this, you may want to Put your computer into Hibernation instead, but your not given that option when you click Start > turn off computer. Here’s a way to add it to your Shutdown Dialog box.
Putting your computer into The hibernate feature has several benefits. When you use the hibernate feature, your programs and open windows do not have to be shut down or closed. The state of your computer is preserved while the computer is in hibernation. Additionally, the startup time to resume from hibernation is typically about 30 percent less than when you start the computer from the shutdown state. After the computer resumes from hibernation, your Windows desktop, data, and programs are restored. You can quickly return to where you left off. Additionally, because all your data is saved to the computer’s hard disk drive when you put the computer in hibernation, you reduce the risk of losing your work in progress.
When you use the hibernate feature, the computer does not use additional power. A desktop computer typically draws a small amount of power when it is shut down or when it is in hibernation. This amount is typically about 3 watts. A portable computer does not draw additional power from the computer’s battery when the computer is in hibernation or when it is shut down. (From Microsoft)
First make sure Hibernation is enabled on your system.
Click Start >Control panel > Performance and Maintenance > Power Options. Click the Hibernate tab and put a check mart in enable Hibernation and click ok.
This tip does require a Registry edit so if your uncomfortable in the Registry, simply pressing the “Shift key” while in the Shutdown Dialog box will give you the option of entering Hibernation, but will remove the Standby option.
If your ready to edit the Registry here’s the steps. First create a restore point to back up the Registry.
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 if it’s not already there, 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.
Here’s what your Shutdown Dialog will look like after the fix.
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