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How to Enable or Disable Windows To Go Workspace using Hibernate on Windows 10 PC

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Windows To Go is a feature available only in the Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education editions that enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on PCs (hosts). The portable Windows To Go workspace will run using the hardware and resources of the host PC.

To ensure that the Windows To Go workspace is able to move between computers easily, hibernation is disabled by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing the hibernation sleep state (S4) when started from a Windows To Go workspace USB flash drive on your Windows 10 PC.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable allowing hibernate when starting from a Windows To Go workspace.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Hibernate when Starting from a Windows to Go workspace in Group Policy
  • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Hibernate when Starting from a Windows to Go workspace using a REG file





Windows To Go - Enable or Disable using Hibernate on Windows 10 PC OPTION ONE Windows To Go - Enable or Disable using Hibernate on Windows 10 PC
To Enable or Disable Hibernate when Starting from a Windows to Go workspace in Group Policy

Note   Note
Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. All other editions can use Option TWO below instead.


1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Portable Operating System

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3. In the right pane of Portable Operating System in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow hibernate (S4) when starting from a Windows To Go workspace policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Hibernate when Starting from a Windows to Go workspace

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


 6. To Disable Hibernate when Starting from a Windows to Go workspace

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Windows To Go - Enable or Disable using Hibernate on Windows 10 PC OPTION TWO Windows To Go - Enable or Disable using Hibernate on Windows 10 PC
To Enable or Disable Hibernate when Starting from a Windows to Go workspace using a REG file

Note   Note
The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Policies\Microsoft\PortableOperatingSystem

Hibernate DWORD

(delete) = Disable
1 = Enable


1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Hibernate when Starting from a Windows to Go workspace

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Windows_To_Go_hibernate_on_PC.reg

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 3. To Disable Hibernate when Starting from a Windows to Go workspace

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Windows_To_Go_hibernate_on_PC.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


That's it,
Shawn