Shortcut to hibernation in Windows XP

I can’t find the reference which started me off with this, but a few weeks ago I came across a tip for creating a shortcut to hibernate a Windows XP PC (for people who find that 5 clicks is just too much). How people find these obscure features I’ll never know (I guess its straightforward for a developer to find all the calls to a DLL?), but here it is anyway – just create a shortcut with a target of %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState.

16 thoughts on “Shortcut to hibernation in Windows XP


  1. thanks….when I search for hibernation shortcut in google, your site comes up second. Nobody else had any useful information on it, but you saved my day. Needing to run to class at college, having a quick icon to click to hibernate helps out.


  2. Google also brought you up for me very high. If only google was as good as this always. Instead of all their commerical crap. Thank you for sharing. Made me happy!


  3. I too had once made regular use of this shortcut, then (sigh) my computer died and I had to start over … and couldn’t search-and-find the best sort of directions to how to re-establish it, but then your brief description was most helpful …

    Dr. Contrary, University of Wyoming


  4. Like others here yours came at the top of google search results…and it didn’t disappoint. Did exactly what it said on the can!. Great, tops! Best.


  5. I have a 1-2-3 solution:

    1- Hit the windows key
    2- Hit U (to bring up Shut Down menu)
    3- Hit H (to hibernate)

    Have Fun!


  6. Thanks for the shortcut. I found an icon of an exit door and hooked them together. No thinking needed!!

    I wonder how they are going to screw Windows 7 up. I may be using XP for years to come!!

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