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What does Hibernation mean?

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What does Hibernation mean?

When the computer hibernates, it saves the current system state to the hard disk, and the computer shuts down. When the user restarts the computer after it has been hibernating, it will return to its previous state. Restarting to the previous state includes automatically restarting any programs that were running when it went into Hibernate mode, and restoring any network connections that were active at the time. However, unlike the Stand by or Suspend mode where the computer stores the current system state to the system Random Access Memory (RAM), the use of the Hibernation mode requires a larger memory space in the hard disk.

To enable the Hibernate mode, please follow the steps below.
1. Click Start, point to Settings and click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Power Options icon and in the Power Options Properties dialog box, click the Hibernate tab.
3. Select the Enable Hibernate Support checkbox.
4. Click OK to exit and save changes.

Many commercial airlines require you to turn off your portable computers during certain portions of the flight. Hibernate mode might make the computer appear to be turned off, but it is not. Users must shut down their computers to comply with these airline requirements.