Hibernate Enabled but not working in Win10 Windows to Go

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    Windows 10

    Hibernate Enabled but not working in Win10 Windows to Go

    I have Windows 10 Home installed and activated (as Windows to Go) on an external Samsung T1 SSD. I enabled hibernation per the instructions here: Hibernate - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums. However, every time I attempt to hibernate, the screen goes black but the PC never powers off and Windows never successfully hibernates. Any ideas what the problem could be? (Hibernation works perfectly on the Windows 7 installation on the internal SSD.)

    System: Dell Latitude E6530, Core i5-3210M, 4GB RAM

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    Have you enabled it? It is disabled by default.

    What power states does Windows To Go support?

    Windows To Go supports all power states except the hibernate class of power states, which include hybrid boot, hybrid sleep, and hibernate. This default behavior can be modified by using Group Policy settings to enable hibernation of the Windows To Go workspace.

    Why is hibernation disabled in Windows To Go?

    When a Windows To Go workspace is hibernated, it will only successfully resume on the exact same hardware. Therefore, if a Windows To Go workspace is hibernated on one computer and roamed to another, the hibernation state (and therefore user state) will be lost. To prevent this from happening, the default settings for a Windows To Go workspace disable hibernation. If you are confident that you will only attempt to resume on the same computer, you can enable hibernation using the Windows To Go Group Policy setting, Allow hibernate (S4) when started from a Windows To Go workspace that is located at \\Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Portable Operating System\ in the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).
    Windows To Go: Frequently Asked Questions
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    Thread Starter


    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I have enabled hibernation. But when I go to the start menu and select Hibernate, the screen goes black like it is starting the hibernation process, but then nothing happens.
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    If you are using standard Windows to Go (which is enterprise version of Windows) you have to enable hibernation in group policy (in addition to the tutorial you linked to) as it is disabled by default.

    Booting other versions of Windows from external drives isn't supported (you can do it of course) but with 10 Home you don't have the ability to change group policy to test to see if it would work. It is quite possible you just can't do it....
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    Windows 10 Pro X64


    When using hibernation you also need to re-use the same usb port again for it to resume correctly.
    If you're using a Home Edition you can install gpedit.msc (group policy editor) separately by downloading and installing this file:

    add_gpedit_msc_by_jwils876-d3kh6vm.zip , which can be downloaded from this site amongst others:


    I've checked if it works on an acquaintance's laptop with W10 Home x86 on it and it runs just fine. Should be OK on x64 versions just the same.

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