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I run Windows XP.

When I try to "Enable Hibernation" from Control Panel --> Power Options, I get the following error.

Power policy manager unable to reserve hibernate file. The file or directory is corrupt and unreadable

I see lots of solutions posted , but most of them involve deleting some system file, or accessing the registry.
Is there any way I can avoid such things and enable hibernation?

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closed as off topic by Sven, EEAA, sysadmin1138 Dec 17 '12 at 13:27

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Probably not, no.

hiberfil.sys is the file used to save the contents of your RAM and "hibernate" the system. It's also marked as a system file, because, well, it is one. If it's corrupted and needs to be deleted or have its permissions editted, then you're going to have to delete or edit a "system" file.

Incidentally, I'm of the opinon that on a site for IT professionals, we probably shouldn't see such a strong desire to avoid changing files with an arbitrary "system" flag... maybe SuperUser is more your speed?

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OK! sorry about that. guess I sounded too noobish :( Anyway I can't delete the hiberfil file now. Says the file is corrupt and unreadable Any pointers on that? – SatheeshJM Jun 19 '12 at 13:35
Check permissions, try the command line, try safe mode... worst case, boot into another OS with a liveCD or what have you, and delete it through that. – HopelessN00b Jun 19 '12 at 14:26
Ok. I did the simple thing. Ran a Check Disk on my C: drive. Worked like a charm. (actually my autochk.exe was also corrupted.Since check disk can only be done on C: during booting as windows is installed there, I had to retrieve it from the CD. Everything works well now ) Thanks a lot anyway! – SatheeshJM Jun 19 '12 at 22:23

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