I used the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows Vista, and now the hybrid sleep feature and the hibernation feature are unavailable

Applies to: Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit EditionWindows Vista Home Basic 64-bit EditionWindows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition More

Problem description


After you use the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows Vista, you may experience the following symptoms:
  • You cannot see the Hibernate option in Power Options.
  • When you use the sleep feature, the computer does not recover its settings if power is lost.
To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you’d rather fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me


To fix this problem automatically, click the
Fix this problemlink. Then, click
Runin the
File Downloaddialog box and follow the steps in this wizard.





NoteIn order to enable the hibernation file, you must have at least as much free space on your system drive as there is physical memory in the computer. If you do not have adequate free space available, you will get the following error when you run this Fix it Solution:
This "Fix it" does not apply to your system.


Note this wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

NoteIf you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD so that you can run it on the computer that has the problem.


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Let me fix it myself


Problems can occur when the Disk Cleanup Tool disables the hibernation file. The hibernation file must be enabled for the hybrid sleep feature and the hibernation feature to work in Windows Vista. When the hibernation file is disabled and the hybrid sleep feature is enabled, and then you use the hybrid sleep feature, no backup of open programs and open files is saved to the disk. Also, when the hibernation file is disabled, if the computer loses power while it is in sleep mode, open programs and open files will not be recovered after the computer is restarted, and any unsaved work will be lost.

To enable the hibernation feature and the hybrid sleep feature, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start Start button  , click All Programs, and then click Accessories.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
    • User Account Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or click Continue.
  3. Type powercfg -h on, and then press ENTER.

Did this fix the problem?


Determine whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.

For help with power consumption and battery life problems in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web page: