Windows provides power scheme according to your computer type and uses to save and efficient use power supply. For general use, most of the time the default power scheme is sufficient, but still you can customize to better suite you.
To Configure You Power Scheme
1. Open Power Options Dialog box
(You can double click the Power Options applet in Control Panel. Alternatively, Click hte Power button on 'Screen Saver' tab of Display Properties dialog box. Display Properties dialog box can be opened by right clicking on desktop and select Properties)
The available power schemes are Home/Office Desk, Porable/Laptop, Presentation, Always on, Minimal Power Management, Max Battery. Similarly for each scheme you can specify the idel time to turn off you monitor, hard disk or bring your system into standby or hibernate it. After you specify these settings, if you computer remain idle (without use) for specified time duration the computer will turn off hte monitor, hard disks or turn the system into standby or hibernate to save your battery or power.
Enable or Disable the Hibernation
Hybernating computer is different from turning off computer. When you turn off computer shuts down completely and later when you turn on, computer needs to boot and prepare in initial state. If you perform Hibernate, your computer shuts down only after it saves all the memory states into hard disk. Later when you turn your computer it boots and loads all the informaton stored in hibernate process so that you'll find your computer in the state you left it.
To Enable/Disable Hibernation
1. Open Power Options. (Open Control Panel and double click Power Options applet)
2. Click Hibernate tab
3. Mark or Remove Mark to enable or disable hibernation
If you enabled hibernation you should see Hibernate in Turn Off Computer confirmation after you choose Start>>Turn Off Computer. If it is not there press and hold Shift.
Make your computer to hibernate when you press Sleep button
This can be very useful. When you are working and needs to leave your computer for some time such as 15 minutes or half an hour. In this situation you need to save and close all the documents, applications and turn off you computer and again open all those applications and documents to resume you work. But if you set your Sleep button to hibernate your system you could just press Sleep button and go. When you come back just press the Power button. Your computer will turn on and appear on the same state when you left your computer. Follow the procedure below to set Sleep button to hibernate
1. Open Power Options from control panel.
2. Click on Advanced Tab on Power Options dialog box
3. Open the drop down list box named 'When I press the sleep button on my computer:'
4. Choose Hibernate
5. Click Apply
Now if you press your sleep button, your system will hibernate. Hybernating and resuming is lot more faster compared to the shutdown and restart procedures.
Similarly if you set Power Button to turn off your computer this would make it more easy.
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