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Blind hibernation

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  • As seen in the image or this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19SdNt3zw_U,

    When Windows XP/Windows 2000 hibernated, it showed a nice progress bar on the screen. With Windows Vista and Windows 7, the hibernation progress bar is removed and the screen turns off the moment we click "Hibernate", even before saving the data to disk and turning off the computer. This confuses some users and there is no clear indication on screen that the system is off except the tiny HDD activity led which some computers have (but not all).

    Please build a working progress bar for hibernation in Windows 8 so users feel confident that their system is completely powered off. Writing GBs of data from RAM to disk should always show some progress indicator. Even Virtual Machines apps show a progress bar, why shouldn't real machines do?

    Complaints about this on Windows7Taskforce and AeroTaskforce as well:
    Black screen during hibernation? Why?
    Option to show hibernate progress meter, like in XP
    No Progress Bar for Windows Hibernate

    And in Microsoft's forums:
    Progress Bar with Hibernate
    Suggestion: Hibernate should get a progress bar
    Windows 7 Hibernation progress
    I don't see a progress screen while hibernating in win 7 64 bit. Is this intended?

    Is this going to be addressed or not, can the Windows power management/kernel team clarify? I have a hard time convincing less experienced users not to reset, pull the plug or throw their laptop in their bag until hibernation completes. The system should not turn off the video functionality before the hibernation process completes. Showing too less info is not nice, just like Microsoft did with the Vista defragmenter.

    Another reason why there should be a progress bar is because of the "Write caching" setting in Windows. In areas where there is frequent power loss and you have a desktop computer which is not backed by a UPS or backup battery, leaving write caching on is risky and increases the potential for data loss. However, as soon as you disable write caching, hibernation takes several minutes. For example, if hibernation with write caching enabled for the system disk takes 20 seconds, disabling the write cache increases the hibernation time to 3-4 minutes or even more. Therefore, it is essential to show a hibernation progress bar.

    • Edited by xpclient Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:48 AM
    Monday, October 03, 2011 6:57 PM