Archive for September, 2010

Windows 7: Hibernation Mode

September 28, 2010

Wow,  it’s been a while since I posted on here, but I’m back…for now. Anyways, I recently started trying out Hibernation mode on my laptop, and I though I would share with you guys what it’s like, and of course, if it is worth the upgrade or not.

Well, by default, Hibernation mode is enabled, but can be disabled easily using a registry tweak or a program such as TuneUp Utilities. If you do decide to disable it, you might notice that at least 2 GB suddenly became free. This is because when Windows 7 saves your current state, it takes a whack load of memory to do so. Depending on how many programs you have going, this might range from 2 GB to 10 GB.

When you are shutting your computer down, it is very, very, very slow. There is no Windows 7 back splash saying “Saving Your Settings” or anything, just a black screen. So instead, you have to wait until the power light turns off.

When you are turning on though, you will amazed at how fast it starts up, as if you put it into Hibernation, it will take 15 – 30 seconds to start up, compared to the minutes that some people encounter. But, there is no start up sound, which might be a bit of a pain, but you’ll enjoy the fast start up, if, you are willing to trade around 5 GB for it.

And of course, all the previously opened Windows will remain exactly the same, which is handy for those who take their laptop to work and sit there, waiting impatiently for Firefox or Microsoft Office to open. If you put it into Hibernation mode, Office or Firefox will instantly be ready for use, no wait times at all.

So, Hibernation mode could use a little less memory and have a back splash when shutting down, and possibly a start up sound, but the start up speed and the programs that you left open will remain ready for use, will definitely make this worth the upgrade.

Windows 7: Hibernation Mode? Worth It