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  1. Posts : 201
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    is it safe to delete pagefile.sys & hiberfil.sys


    is it safe to delete pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys????????
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  2. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Do you knowingly use hibernation? You've got a laptop, so maybe you do?

    I don't use hibernation, so I turned it off. Saves a few GB of hard drive space.

    Discussing the page file is like discussing religion.....few minds are ever changed. I'd guess most here just leave it alone and let Windows manage it.
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  3. Posts : 201
    Win10 10.0.18362 Build 18362
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    ignatzatsonic said:
    Do you knowingly use hibernation? You've got a laptop, so maybe you do?

    I don't use hibernation, so I turned it off. Saves a few GB of hard drive space.

    Discussing the page file is like discussing religion.....few minds are ever changed. I'd guess most here just leave it alone and let Windows manage it.
    i use sleep mode
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Disabling hibernation -
    powercfg.exe /hibernate off
    also disables fast startup.

    Whilst fast startup can help with HDDs, if you have a SSD it's no loss - and fast startup can be problematic for some users.

    Hybrid sleep also requires that hiberfil.sys be present.

    Don't mess around with pagefile.sys unless you know a considerable amount about memory management in Windows.
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  5. Posts : 201
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    dalchina said:
    Disabling hibernation -
    powercfg.exe /hibernate off
    also disables fast startup.

    Whilst fast startup can help with HDDs, if you have a SSD it's no loss - and fast startup can be problematic for some users.

    Hybrid sleep also requires that hiberfil.sys be present.

    Don't mess around with pagefile.sys unless you know a considerable amount about memory management in Windows.
    C:\Users\Admin>powercfg.exe /hibernate off
    Unable to perform operation. An unexpected error (0x65b) has occurred: Function failed during execution.
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  6. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Hello @makhan10,

    makhan10 said:
    C:\Users\Admin>powercfg.exe /hibernate off
    Unable to perform operation. An unexpected error (0x65b) has occurred: Function failed during execution.

    Did you run the command in an Elevated CMD Prompt?
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  7. Posts : 201
    Win10 10.0.18362 Build 18362
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    Paul Black said:
    Hello @makhan10,

    Did you run the command in an Elevated CMD Prompt?
    nope, i just did that and it runs ok

    thnx everybody once again
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  8. Paul Black's Avatar
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    makhan10 said:
    nope, I just did that and it runs ok

    thnx everybody once again
    You are VERY welcome.
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,878
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #9

    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply.


    makhan10 said:
    C:\Users\Admin>powercfg.exe /hibernate off Unable to perform operation. An unexpected error (0x65b) has occurred: Function failed during execution.
    You should see something like this:
    is it safe to delete pagefile.sys & hiberfil.sys-1.png

    Should be ok from an admin Powershell prompt too.

    C:\Users\Admin>
    - suggests you weren't even using a command prompt.

    Note you could have resolved that for yourself by using Google or reading the relevant tutorial.
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  10. Posts : 38,342
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    If you use the HP notebook as a desktop replacement and there is no installed battery then it always behaves like a desktop.
    Turning hibernation off should not be a problem.

    In contrast if you use the notebook frequently on battery or live in an area with occasional power outages having hibernation can reduce the likelihood of data loss.


    https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01724583
    https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03383935
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/tro...le-hibernation
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