How to Remove pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys from Windows 7

Notice that pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys take up 7GB total!

To delete these files safely in Windows 7, you must disable “Hibernate Support” in your power options in the control panel.

1.  Go to Start > Search, type in “powercfg.cpl” go to advanced power options, find the “Sleep” section and make sure sleep is set to “never”

2.  We also need to make sure virtual memory is not enabled.   (coming soon)

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  • Seth Aicklen

    Deleting Hibernate Support does nothing to allow removal of unused pagefile.sys. It is a hidden system file, and if I try to delete or move it, I’m told that a program is using it that must be closed first. DOS won’t change attributes or delete this file either. Anyway, this article is not helpful by itself. Seth

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