Powercfg: The hiberfile type does not support hibernation

When you open the Power and sleep buttons and lid settings in Power Options, the Hibernate option may be missing from the dropdown.

power options - hibernate missing - dropdown

However, the “Fast Startup” option may be available.

When you run Powercfg /AVAILABLESLEEPSTATES or Powercfg /A to report the sleep states available on the system, the output may contain the following line:


The hiberfile type does not support hibernation

hibernate missing powercfg availablesleepstates


The output “The hiberfile type does not support hibernation” is shown if the hibernation is set to “Reduced” mode. In “Reduced” mode, hibernation is disabled, but “Fast Startup” is available. For more information, see the article How to Disable Hibernation Without Disabling Fast Startup


To enable hibernation, open an admin Command Prompt and run the following commands:

powercfg /hibernate /type full

powercfg /hibernate on

That’s it. The Hibernation feature is now enabled.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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