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What is Hiberfil.sys File? How To Delete The Hiberfil.sys

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A slow computer is very irritating and can cost you your productivity. Therefore, you delete the cache files from time to time but you might have not heard of another evil that is the Hiberfil.sys files that accumulate and slow your computer down. In this article, we will discussing Hiberfil.sys files and will see how to remove this devil from your computer.

What is Hiberfil.sys File? 🤔

You might have seen the hibernation option while switching off your computer. Hibernation is nothing but an option that quickens the restart process. 

They quicken the restart process by storing your program, files, and folders temporarily on your hard drive.

The best part about Hibernation is that when you awake your laptop or desktop from hibernation the programs that you are working on will not be lost and you will be able to continue from where you left.

One can easily hibernate his/her PC for days and weeks without having to worry much about the battery and the health of the PC.

But as we all know nothing is perfect, when you hibernate your PC it creates a file called “Hiberfil.sys”. This file has your system’s information and configuration that is used by the Hibernation feature to re-open your computer.

These files are not really visible and are mostly hidden if you need to see these files then you need to enable the “Show hidden files and folders” option in the Windows file manager.

The worst part about these files is that they accumulate and can MBs and GBs of space. Which will eventually fill your PC space and as a result will slow down your computer.

Hibernation Vs Sleep:-

Now, let’s have a quick battle between two similar features available in Windows 10, and let’s see what is better for you. Is it Sleep? Or Hibernation?

Sleep:-

Sleep is one of the common and famous modes that’s serving Microsoft customers. They are like a pause in the current state of action they are similar to pausing a video or a game. 

While making your computer sleep it automatically puts any document or application that you were working on in the memory. 

They take your computer in a state where its battery is preserved. Even though you will notice a drop in the battery percentage but it will be like a drop in the ocean.

After resuming your PC will restart the program that you were working on from the place where you have left off.

Therefore, sleep is good when you just need to have a tea or a coffee break while working on a project.

Hibernate:-

Hibernate almost does the same things as sleep the only difference is the storing method. In the case of Hibernate, your documents are stored on your hard drive i.e; your hard disk.

Storing the files on the hard disk instead of RAM gives Hibernate mode an edge oversleep as it consumes even lesser power than the Sleep mode, we can say it consumes “zero” power.

So, when you want to awake your computer you just press the power button and your PC will restart the program that you were working on from the place where you have left off.

The problem with hibernation is that you can’t do this every time as the whole process of hibernating your PC and then opening is slower than that of Sleep. Therefore, it is not meant for a tea or coffee break.

Used Hibernate mode when will not be using your PC for more than five hours.

Hybrid Sleep:-

Hybrid Sleep is there to get the best of both worlds, they accumulated the hybrid and the sleep mode to create the Hybrid sleep mode for the desktops specifically. 

The best thing about them is that they save your processing documents and application in the RAM first and then transfer them to the hard disk, making sure that the computer restarts quickly and at the same time it conserves its power.

This mode is primarily made for desktops as the desktops are very vulnerable to power cut because of the lack of battery like the one on laptops. But now they can be used for laptops as well.

Are Hiberfil.sys files deletable?

As mentioned earlier in this article, the Hiberfil.sys files can become humungous eventually causing your system to act like a snail by being sluggish. 

You might think that, Ok I will delete these files! But the problem with these files is that they will be recreated the moment your computer enters the hybrid mode, therefore, we are going to disable the hybrid mode first, and then we will be deleting these files.

How to disable Hibernation in Windows 10

Disabling Hibernation files in Windows 10 is very easy. In this section, we will be discussing two methods by which one can easily disable the Hibernation mode in Windows 10.

Disable Hibernation mode with the help of Control Panel:-

To disable hibernation with the help of the Control Panel follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch Command Prompt from the start menu and click on the “Hardware and Sound” option from the appeared window.

What is Hiberfil.sys FileStep 2: Now click on the “Power option” button.

Step 3: Now a screen will appear where you will see your selected power plan and on the left side you will see a list, from there you need to click on the “Choose what power button does” option.

Step 4: Then click will redirect you to a window where you will see a different shutdown setting. Under the title “Define power button and turn on password protection” click on the “change settings that are currently unavailable” option.

What is Hiberfil.sys File

Step 5: Then click will allow you to change the shutdown settings. To disable the hibernation make sure that it is unticked.

Finally, click on save changes and you are good to go.

Disable Hibernation mode with the help of command prompt

The command prompt is the windows command-line interpreter. It has served the Microsoft Windows for ages and will continue to do that. You can do a lot of different things with this and disabling the hibernation mode is one of them.

Therefore, if you don’t want to do the lengthy step mentioned above you can just do the same thing with Command Prompt with just two steps.

To disable hibernation mode with the help of the command prompt use the following steps:-

Step 1: Launch the command prompt as an administrator either by searching it out from the start menu or from the RUN box(Win + R), type “cmd” and hit ctrl + shift + enter.

Step 2: Type “powercfg.exe -h off” in order to disable the hibernation mode.

If you want to redo the settings and again enable the hibernation mode then just launch the command prompt as an admin and type the “powercfg.exe -h on” command.

How to delete the Hiberfil.sys files in Windows 10

As mentioned earlier in the article, to delete Hyberfil.sys files we need to disable them and then delete them. So, now you have disabled them with the help of the above-mentioned methods it’s time to delete the files to increase your system’s speed.

The hiberfil.sys files are usually hidden therefore before deleting them we first need to change the settings to “Show hidden files, folders and drivers”. To do that you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the File Explorer or “this PC” and then from the top of the window click on the “View” tab.

Step 2: Under the View tab you need to click on the Options button.

Step 3: Now you will be redirected to a window where you need to go to the View tab and under its advance settings, select “Show hidden files, folders and drivers” option to see the hidden files.

What is Hiberfil.sys File

Step 4: In the same section, you need to untick the “Hide protected operating system files(Recommended) option. 

A warning will appear, you need to click on “Yes” to disable the “Hide protected operating system files(Recommended) option. 

Now, these files are not hidden and you can just easily go to the C: drive and delete them. 

How to prevent your computer from automatically hibernating or sleeping:-

If you are very irritated by your computer getting into the hibernating or sleep mode then you might want to increase the time before your PC enters the sleep or hibernating mode.

To do that you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch Command Prompt from the start menu and click on the “Hardware and Sound” option from the appeared window.

Step 2: Now click on the “Power option” button.

What is Hiberfil.sys File

Step 3: From the appeared window you need to click on the “change when the computer sleeps” option.

Step 4: You will be redirected to a window where you can select the display and the screen time for both the cases when your PC is on battery or is charging by on battery and plugged in respectively. If you want to disable the option you can select the never option. And then click on Save Changes to save the alternations that you have made.

We would not recommend you doing this to a PC as it damages your battery and can reduce your battery life.

How to Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows

Windows 10 Creators Update introduced Smart Lock, which lets you set your PC to lock whenever you move away from it using a paired Bluetooth device, such as your phone.

In this article, we show you how to set up this handy feature so that you never leave your PC unlocked while it’s unattended.

We also show you how to use AMP WinOFF, a lightweight tool that lets you set your PC to power off, lock, restart, or go to sleep automatically under certain conditions.

This can be a specific time and date, or when a countdown timer finishes, but you can also schedule shutdowns after a period of inactivity, or if processor usage falls below a certain level.

This can be invaluable if you want to leave your PC to perform a large download and then shut down as soon as it’s finished. You can even set multiple conditions and choose
whether one or all of them must be met before the PC shuts down.

Before you can use Smart Lock, you must pair your smartphone with your Windows 10 PC via Bluetooth.

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone, then type Bluetooth into the Start menu on your PC and open ‘Bluetooth & other devices’. Click ‘Add Bluetooth or other devices’  and follow the instructions on the screen to pair the devices.

How to Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10

Click Start, open Settings, and click Accounts, then ‘sign-in options’. Scroll down the page until you see ‘Dynamic lock’, then tick the box to ‘Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device’.

Now, when you walk away from your PC with your smartphone, Windows should lock automatically.

Next, run AMP WinOff ( Download Now ). You’ll see a number of different options that you can set under the ‘Shutdown planning’ tab.

First, choose the type of shutdown you want to schedule from the list at the bottom. These include ‘Power off’, Restart, ‘Lock session’, and Sleep.

How to Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10

Now you can set the criteria that will trigger your chosen shutdown. If you want to schedule your PC to shut down at a particular time, tick the box to enable a ‘Date/time’  condition. You can also tick the Date box to select a specific date.

Alternatively, tick the Interval box and set a time interval (either in hours and minutes or in days) after which your PC will shut down. The ‘User activity’ option lets you schedule a shutdown when the PC hasn’t been used for a certain amount of time.

How to Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10

If you enable ‘User activity’ as a condition, also tick the box to ‘Observe system/display low power blocks’. Doing this stops Windows shutting down if a process or application is preventing your PC from entering its low-power mode.

CPU load’ lets you shut down your PC if its processor activity falls below a certain level – for example, if it’s working at less than 5% for more than 10 minutes.

If you use this feature, it’s a good idea to tick the boxes that disable your screensaver and take an average CPU load 3 for the last five seconds.

The final option is network usage. Here, you can set your PC to shut down if upload or download activity falls below a specific amount for a set period of time.

If you use this option, make sure you select the correct network adapter from the drop-down menu.

The default setting (in the bottom-right corner) is for WinOFF to perform a shutdown if any single condition is met, but you can also choose ‘All conditions must be triggered’.

This way, you can set your PC to wait until there’s no user activity and no network activity before it shuts down, for example.

When you’re happy with your configuration, click the buttons to save and enable your shutdown plan.

Clicking the ‘General options’ tab lets you enable other features, such as reactivating the last planned shut down when the PC restarts. If you use this option, make sure you also tick ‘Load on Windows startup’.

How to Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10

Wrap-up:-

The Hiberfil.sys files can slow down your computer by consuming a lot of your memory. Now let’s quickly go through the things that we have discussed in this article.

  • Hibernation quickens the restart process by storing your program, files, and folders temporarily on your hard drive.
  • Every time your computer hibernates a hiberfil.sys file is created, therefore, before deleting it we need to disable the hibernation option.
  • To disable hibernation from the control panel, launch the control panel>Hardware and sound>Power Options>Choose what power button does>change settings that are currently unavailable>untick hibernation.
  • To disable hibernation from the command prompt, launch the command prompt in admin mode and then type “powercfg.exe -h off” and hit enter.
  • The deletion of Hiberfil.sys files is very simple, it is some like other hidden files, to unhide these files go to file explorer>View tab>Options>View tab>Advance settings>Show hidden files, folders and drivers and then untick the “Hide protected operating system files(Recommended) option. 
  • To prevent your computer from getting into the sleep or hibernation mode, launch the control panel>Hardware and sound>Power Options> change when the computer sleeps and then change the timing to never.

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