Automatic Hibernation When Your Laptop Battery Runs Out

in For Dummies, How To

I had this happen to me a few times before, losing something I’m working at when my battery suddenly runs out of power. Thank goodness for MS Word’s autosave I recovered my work, but after I plug in the power supply and boot my laptop I had to open a lot of programs again which can be very annoying.

If I only knew about setting up my laptop to auto Hibernate when my laptop battery was about to die, it would have been less of a hassle. For those of you who don’t know how to do it yet, here it goes:

1. First off you need to have Hibernate enabled on your laptop. If your laptop doesn’t support it, it may be very very old. Give yourself and everybody else a favor and buy a new one.

2. Click on the Start button on your taskbar and click on the Control Panel icon.

3. Look for the Power Options icon and open it.

4. On the Power Options Properties window, click on the Alarms tab, here you should see two alarm actions. Low battery alarm and Critical battery alarm. Make sure both options are checked.

5. Take note that you can change the values of the Low battery alarm and Critical battery alarm. For the Critical battery alarm don’t set it below 5% it may not be enough battery power for the hibernate process to complete.

6. Now click on the Alarm Action button under the Critical battery alarm option. You should see this window.

7. Check the following options: Display message, Alarm action and Force stand by… Under the Alarm Action make sure that Hibernate is chosen. Click OK and your laptop should hibernate automatically when you have only 5% of battery power left.

This should come in handy when you leave your power supply somewhere else by accident or just too lazy to plug-in your laptop. Happy hibernating. ^_^

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Guye Roberts October 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

Can you do this in Windows Vista? If so, How? I can’t find a ‘Power Options Properties’ window.

Jeedo December 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

Hi Guye, to honest, never tried Vista, I’m afraid you’ll have to Google that yourself or better yet upgrade to Windows 7, you won’t regret it.

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