Save Power Consumption on Windows 8 by enabling Hybrid Sleep

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The new advanced, improved and most talked about Windows 8 OS from Microsoft has gained a lot of attention from many users since its advent in the market. Microsoft has brought out many changes in the new OS, as we have already discussed in the earlier posts. The power saving features in Windows 8 are also made much effective to reduce the power consumption than the earlier versions of windows OS. Here is the tutorial to save power consumption by hybrid sleep in Windows 8.

Save Power Consumption on Windows 8 by enabling Hybrid Sleep

In the earlier versions of OS like Windows 7 and XP also included useful and popular modes of Sleep and Hibernate to reduce the power consumption. The power saving features ensures power saving on the user’s part. Windows Sleep mode saves your program settings and data in the current memory that is on RAM, and put the system in a low power consumption state.

On other hand, Hibernate mode saves your documents in the system hard drive and freezes the programs in their current state and turns the system off. So, the next time when you turn on the system you can resume all programs in the state where you had left them. Though, the memory used in this case is the hard drive.

A new feature named Hybrid Sleep is introduced in Windows 8. It is yet another mode responsible to control the power consumption. The name itself indicates that the feature is the combination of the two great power saving options. Hybrid sleep uses both the hard drive and the RAM to save all the current documents and freezes all the existing or running programs in their processing state and puts the system in a low power consumption state.

This feature ensures that the saved data on the hard drive are not lost even if there is a power failure the system retrieves the data back from the hard drive.

To enable the Hybrid Sleep option in Windows 8, follow the process discussed below.

From Power Options

  • Go to the start screen, press Windows key + W to open the charms bar or move the mouse cursor on the right hand side of the screen to bring up the charms bar
  • In the charms bar, search for Power by typing power in the search box and hit enter
  • From the results that appear, select power
  • You now see a new list of Windows 8 power buttons. Navigate the cursor to the left panel of the window and click on the option Choose what the power buttons do

choose what the power button does


  • Go to Power Options > Under your current Plan Settings > Click on Change Plan Settings
  • Now go to Advanced Power Settings > Sleep > Allow Hybrid Sleep > Settings > ON.

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  • At last, reboot the computer to apply the changes made.

From Command Prompt

Using command prompt to enable hybrid sleep, you will need the administrator authority.

  • Open the command prompt window and type the commands given below
    • Powercfg/? This will display all the power options of the system
    • Powercfg-q This will show all the information pertaining to current power scheme
    • Powercfg-h This will enable or turn on the Hybrid Sleep mode
      The timing for Hybrid Sleep state can be specified by using the following commands.
    • Powercfg-x
    • Powercfg-x
      Hibernate timeout ( ) assign minutes within the braces will specify the time duration.

The hybrid sleep is the combination for the Hibernate and Sleep mode that provides an effective way to reduce power consumption and enhancing the battery life of your laptop. Enable the hybrid sleep power saver mode to reduce the power consumption.


Priyanka contributes to the Computer and Gadgets section on Techcular.

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