Windows 7 Power Management settings may show hibernate as the default setting even though hibernation is not supported or has been disabled

Applies to: Windows 7 EnterpriseWindows 7 Home BasicWindows 7 Home Premium

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • You are running Windows 7.
  • Your computer does not support hibernation or hibernation has been disabled.
  • You launch the Power Options applet in Control Panel, click on the "Change plan settings" link for the selected power plan and then click on the "Change advanced power settings" link to access the advanced settings options.
In this scenario, you may still see hibernate listed as the selected option for some power management settings.

Cause


Windows 7 does not automatically refresh the list of current power management settings in the "Advanced settings" window of Power Options., even if the option is no longer available. In addition, some power management settings default to hibernate even if hibernation is not available on the computer.

Resolution


Open the drop-down list to show the available sleep options for a power management setting. This will force Windows to query the computer's capabilities and will remove hibernate from the list of available options.

More Information


Steps to reproduce the issue:
 
1. Open Control Panel and select the Power Options applet.
 
2. Select "Change when the computer sleeps" from the navigation pane on the left
 
3. Select the "Change advanced power settings" link.
 
4. Select "Power buttons and lid" or "Battery" from the list of available power management options.
 
5. Open one of the sub-options listed and notice that Hibernate may still be listed as the default action for "On battery" or "Plugged in" states.
 
6. Click on the Hibernate action to open a drop down list of available actions.  Windows will then query the computer's current capabilities and Hibernate will no longer be present as a selectable action.