Prevent problems by disabling Hibernation File removal from Disk Cleanup

When working with Disk Cleanup, I often select all the files recommended for deletion without carefully reading the entire list. Unfortunately, when I did this for the first time, I also removed the hibernation file. This automatically disabled the hibernation feature which disappeared from Power Options. Also, this caused problems with the sleep feature. If power is lost during sleep mode, the computer does not recover its settings.

To prevent such problems it is better to remove the Hibernation File Cleaner from the list of files to be deleted in Disk Cleanup. In this tutorial I will show you how to do this. As you will see for yourself, the procedure is very simple.

If you have already removed the Hibernation File by accident you can easily enable back the hibernation feature.

Disk Cleanup

Automatic method – download & run a file

First, download the archive attached to this article. Extract it, run the ‘remove_hibernation.reg’ file and confirm that you want to continue. When starting Disk Cleanup, the Hibernation File will no longer be available and will no longer be accidentally removable.

Disk Cleanup

If you want to add back the Hibernation File Cleaner in the Disk Cleanup list, run the ‘add_hibernation.reg’ file and confirm that you want to continue.

Manual method – use the Registry Editor

NOTE: this method is recommended for power users or experts which know how to work with the Registry Editor. If you are a beginner, please use the method described above.

Start the Registry Editor by typing regedit into the Start Menu search box and clicking on ‘regedit.exe’. Navigate to the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\VolumeCaches\Hibernation File.

Registry Editor

Here, right click on Hibernation File and click on Delete.

Registry Editor

Once you deleted Hibernation File, exit the Registry Editor.

If you want to add back the Hibernation File Cleaner to Disk Cleanup, download the attached archive, run the ‘add_hibernation.reg’ file and confirm that you want to continue.

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4 Replies to “Prevent problems by disabling Hibernation File removal from Disk Cleanup

  1. how do i install hibernation
    i have tried everything but it still refuses to show hibernate up it tells me that : See below.

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:Windowssystem32>powercfg -h on
    Hibernation failed with the following error: The request is not supported.

    The following items are preventing hibernation on this system.
    There are one or more legacy drivers installed:
    VgaSave
    An internal system component has disabled hibernation.

    C:Windowssystem32>

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