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microsoft logoIf you thought you were safe and bug free after downloading Windows Vista Sp1, you’d better think otherwise. As a matter of fact a lot of users are reporting scattered issues on their computers due to Windows Vista Service Pack. One of the most irritating one is the computer being unable to go into hibernation mode. For a change it will give you back a blue screen of death (BSoD) or it will just shutdown without any error message. This issue may be due to corrupted or invalid Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store file. To fix it, simply follow this trick:

  1. Run Cmd.exe as Administrator.
  2. Run the following command: bcdedit -enum all

    Look for “Resume from Hibernate” in the output from the command above(example below):

    Resume from Hibernate


    identifier {3d8d3081-33ac-11dc-9a41-806e6f6e6963}

    device partition=C:

    path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe

    description Windows Vista (TM) Enterprise (recovered)

    inherit {resumeloadersettings}

    filedevice partition=C:

    filepath \hiberfil.sys

    pae Yes

    debugoptionenabled No.

  3. Once you have found it, copy the value for identifier (in this example – {3d8d3081-33ac-11dc-9a41-806e6f6e6963})
  4. Run the following command: bcdedit /deletevalue {3d8d3081-33ac-11dc-9a41-806e6f6e6963} inherit.
  5. Test hibernation.

Source: forums.microsoft.com

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5 Comments to “Windows Vista can not go into Hibernate mode after installing SP1”

  1. equinox Says:

    have the same problem as Nothing works anymore… help anybody.. please

  2. Nothing works anymore Says:

    It didn’t work. I opened the command prompt, and typed “bcdedit -enum all” but I got a message saying “The boot configuration data store could not be opened. Access is denied.” I am the administrator, and there’s only one account on this computer. Vista is so frustrating.

  3. Mok Kim Hong Says:


    i am using a Bit encripted hdd(need to enter decryption password during startup).

    i tried your solution but it seems like will reset my Bit encrypter.

    do you solution works for encrypted drive?


  4. kwatts Says:

    Good fix — even works for Windows 7.

  5. zt Says:

    Thank you for clean explanation! Fixed it for me!

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