How-To Tips, Windows

How To Make The Hibernation Work Better in Windows Vista, XP and 7

With the increasing pressure of work and shortage of time, new generation is becoming hastier than ever. Most of the time we try to find shortcuts for the tasks we do, whether it’s some manual job to be done, or some technical. Same is with the case with our PC usage. More than 85% of our time is fixated to PC and laptop usage. We mostly don’t have time to shut it down properly when we are leaving so hibernating is a better option. It takes less time especially when you are at laptop, you just have to close the lid and all is done. Another and main plus point of this Window’s hibernating function is that we can resume our task right from where we have left it, everything will be the same when you will turn your system on again. Shutting down properly will close all open windows before turning off and it will take some time to reopen your saved work when you are back.

Hence it is proved that hibernating works better. At this point, the excessive windows users might have noticed that doing a lot of hibernating makes your system working slow. So it’s better to shut it down once in a while properly. Apart from shutting down your system, there are others things you can do to make hibernation work more smoothly and faster than ever.

Basically hibernating does resuming task by putting the active files or RAM files into a specific folder “hiberfil.sys” in Windows Vista and XP the file is of the same size which is of RAM’s whether in Windows 7, the default size is 75% of RAM. This file is located in C drive normally because C drive contains windows files.

Deleting or Restoring hiberfil.sys

Normally you have small amount of disk space in C drive and in latest systems, RAM is of 4GB. It means that hiberfil.sys will take a large space of your disk. Sometime it happens that you feel the system is behaving roughly, its stuck or heavy. It means that your drive space is becoming critical. Possibly you will think to delete hiberfil.sys or maybe you may turn-off hibernation because the files used for hibernation are hidden, rather super hidden and the ordinary deleting cannot remove these files. On the other hand, we will tell you another simple trick to do it by command prompt. Run the command prompt as administrator, press enter.

Write the command powercfg –h off press enter.

To restore it, write powercfh –h on and enter. The changes will take place. This command prompt method is quite helpful especially with corrupted hiberfil.sys folder. Deleting and restoring will clean the corrupted files.

Change the hiberfil.sys’s size:

If you want to keep the hibernating process ON and you wish to reduce its size, you can do it by command prompt. You have to enter the percentage of RAM used for it. For Example, to reduce from 75% to 50%, run command prompt as administrator and type powercfg –h –size 50

You can’t give a percentage size less than 50.

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