Hibernation setting is there for your own good
For some unknown reason when I leave my computer for some period of time my desktop shuts down on its own. By that I mean the power button flashes and I have to press the power button again to start it back up. It doesn't take long but it's a nuisance, I have no idea why this is happening. What do I do to stop this?
As we have discussed in previous articles, Microsoft has incorporated power saving mechanisms into the operating systems we know as Windows. When the operating system is installed, all of the settings are left on the default settings which in this case will automatically send your computer into hibernation mode when it is left idle for an extended period of time.
The reason those settings are put in place is certainly not meant to be a nuisance but instead extend the life of your computer while saving energy at the same time. Inside the computer there is moving parts that generate heat and friction, much like that of a car. The difference between a car and a computer is your computer doesn't have an option to add oil and coolant. As a result, the more those computer parts are put to use, the more wear and tear that will be inflicted over a period of time thus resulting in an early trip to a computer service company such as ourselves.
However, if this is really a big issue and you must change the settings, it is a very simple procedure that can be changed in a matter of seconds. Follow these simple steps and your hibernating issues will be solved:
1. Click the "Start" button on the bottom left hand corner of your desktop.
2. Click "Settings".
3. Click "Control Panel"
4. Click "Power Options"
Once you get to the power option properties window, the first tab it will open on is "Power Schemes". On this tab you can adjust the settings to suit your preferences. Don't be worried even if you're a beginner user, you can't do any harm to your computer by adjusting these settings. Give it a try until you're happy with the results at which point you can leave the settings alone.
Please keep in mind that the power saving features on your computer is only saving you a little bit of power. It is a good idea to shut your computer down properly and then go as far as turning the power bar off when your computer is not in use. Doing this could potentially save you about $50.00/year on electricity and extend the life of your computer.