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Windows 7: Can't delete hiberfil.sys

20 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium X64 SP1
 
 
Can't delete hiberfil.sys

I notice I have 3gb in the Hibernate file (hiberfil.sys) and as I don't use hibernate I thought I'd delete it.
I tried Brink's tutorial: Hibernate - Enable or Disable
but it doesn't work for me.
The first part - to enable hibernate works but the second part to disable doesn't show hibernate at all under 'sleep' so there's no way to set it to 'never'
Any other method?


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20 Jun 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

On the upper part of that window there is " change settings that are currently unavailable" ,

See if that allows you to then set to never.
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20 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for replying, but, no that doesn't bring up 'hibernate'
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20 Jun 2010   #4

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Mine doesn't bring up hibernate either but I know it works because the hiberfil.sys folder is gone.

Have you checked to make sure yours is gone?

You need to show protected operating system files to see.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide


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20 Jun 2010   #5
Sem

Windows 7 x64
 
 

disable hybrid sleep and hibernation in control panel then type this in run

powercfg.exe -h off

the file should disappear

even when you disable all the stuff in control panel you cant delete that file unless you run that command
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20 Jun 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sem View Post
disable hybrid sleep and hibernation in control panel then type this in run

powercfg.exe -h off

the file should disappear

even when you disable all the stuff in control panel you cant delete that file unless you run that command
Thanks Sem,

That's in the tutorial he's referring to in his first post.

Should be

Quote:
In the elevated command prompt, type powercfg -h off and press Enter
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20 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium X64 SP1
 
 

<Mine doesn't bring up hibernate either but I know it works because the hiberfil.sys folder is gone.

Have you checked to make sure yours is gone?

You need to show protected operating system files to see.>


Thanks I checked the hidden/files folders and, yes, it's gone!

I was checking with WinDirSat earlier and that showed it still there. However, it's not showing in that now, either.

Another satisfied customer!! Thanks again.
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20 Jun 2010   #8

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome!

Glad you got it sorted out.
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18 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Profesional, 64 bit
 
 

Hi all, this information was very usefull for me. I dont know why but the correct command that works for me was the one with the .exe

powercfg.exe -h off

I have tryed the other

powercfg -h off

but didnt deleted the file.

Best regards

luismo
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09 Aug 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

I'm following the instructions given in this thread but always get this error message: C:\Users\fred\PowerCfg.exe -h off is not a valid WIN32 application. I'm running Home Premium 64 bit SP1. Any assist appreciated ... Never mind ... I needed to enter 'cd \' (without the quotes) first ...
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