Make Windows XP Hibernate
There are more options than you might think when shutting down Windows XP, and at least one of them, Hibernate is hidden from view. Hibernate is useful because it saves the status of your Windows XP session (all the programs and documents you have open) to the hard drive, so it can automatically restore it the next time you power up. Here's how to access and use it:
* Make sure you're logged onto your PC as Administrator or as a user with Administrator rights.
* You can check the status of your user account by going to Start | Control Panel and selecting the User Account icon.
* Your account should be listed there.
* If it says Computer Administrator you have the rights to make this change.
* To show the Hibernate option under shutdown, select Start | Control Panel, and select the Performance and Maintenance icon.
* Select the Power Options icon under "or pick a Control Panel Icon."
* Select the Hibernate tab, and click on the Enable Hibernation box.
* If Hibernate still doesn't appear, it may be because your PC is fairly new and supports the Stand By low-power shut-down option.
* To make Hibernate appear in the Turn Off Your Computer dialogue, simply hold down the Shift key and Stand By will switch to Hibernate.
* You need to hold down the Shift key to see and use the Hibernate shut-down option