Main Line Commodore User Group


October 2008 Issue 317






Our main presentation this month will be a continuance of last month’s presentation – an overview of Microsoft Vista - and will include dealing with the issue raised last time of restoring hibernation when it has been disabled by Disk Cleanup.

John D will continue to discuss Vista’s installation, features, and configuration as they affect all users of this OS. Again, here’s a list of the mini subjects that will be presented:

To do justice to this Vista presentation will likely require more than one meeting.

At the last steering meeting, John M suggested we try once again to schedule the advanced session presentation on the Microsoft PowerShell. So we will have a planned advanced presentation for October. As a reminder Powershell is essentially for CLI / Shell / scripting geeks who need a way to get the near impossible done and make the easily done even easier.

Come out and join us for our October meeting. It’s a chance to learn how others are using and managing their computers and digital equipment.



This issue has been put together by the club treasurer, John D, who has become acting editor in Emil’s absence. Please excuse the changed appearance and content of this newsletter during this time.

Emil has been experiencing health problems which keep him from participating in the normal club activities. Please pray for his return to good health.



1) If you are a member and did not attend the December meeting, then you likely missed out on getting the end of year club DVD. If so, and you would like a copy, contact John M to make arrangements to get the DVD. (See the LAST MONTH’S MEETING section of the January newsletter for more info about the DVD.)

2) Club membership entitles you to receive a copy of the newsletter and access to our email list server, which is run for the benefit of our members. Please do not hesitate to post club and computer related notices and problems to it. If we can’t solve your problem remotely, we can be alerted to it ahead of the monthly meeting where more hands-on may help resolve your problem.

3) A few of the regular attendees usually partake of lunch at the Country Squire Diner in Broomall near the intersection of Routes 3 and 320. So, after the meeting, why not join us? It’s an opportunity to get more help and to discuss our common interests.



Attendance: 11 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, September 13th.

Main Meeting Q&A: We began last month’s meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements, John D mentioned the current slew of browser releases including Firefox 3 and the Google Chrome and IE8 beta releases that seemed to be creating a browser race; Tom J gave praise to CCleaner; Rich T spoke about Vista Home Premium SP1 wireless, accessing 2 Yahoo email accounts – one being that sponsored through Verizon, and sought a possible driver solution for his Palm by running XP on a virtual machine under Vista; Don W wanted to know about cookies, sleep mode issues and Windows Defender; Marty C noted the availability of free online classes from HP for Vista; Pat S had concerns with a Dell replacement disk and SP3 update on a HP; Ted K described his recent issues with a DVD player; John M described his replacement of an all-in-one printer with a Brother MFC-6490cw and showed a compact Belkin surge protector that included a connection for charging USB style devices; and Ed C covered some of his issues using Yahoo email.

Main Meeting Program: Our main meeting was part 1 of a multi-part overview presentation on Microsoft Vista.

John D led us through his installation of Vista Home Premium on an Apple MacBook. Not mentioned during the presentation, but worth mentioning here is that John encountered some Apple Boot Camp driver issues and was able to resolve them through the help and updating services of software called Driver Detective. Driver Detective facilitated the process of getting the latest drivers for a nominal fee. For more info about Driver Detective see this website:

Of particular note was that his installation was unique in that Vista could be run within a virtual machine using VMware drivers under the Mac OS and in dual-boot mode using the Apple Boot Camp drivers. The VMware software facilitated the 2-time activation of the Vista OS without the need to re-activate when switching between machine environments.

After covering the installation, John delved into the process of personalizing Vista by adding default icons to the desktop and configuring Explorer and power settings. It was during the power setting configuration that we discovered that hibernation had been disabled. Being that we were out of time, we deferred the issue of restoring hibernation until our next meeting. Actually, the restoration and cause of the missing Vista hibernation option functions can be found elsewhere in this issue of the newsletter.

Advanced Meeting Program: No activity – no report.

Miss The Meeting? NOTE: Recordings of the meetings (made and edited for the web by John M) are online for you to download and listen to. Go to our web site:

and scroll a bit down the page to locate the Audio Archives. The audio is accessible from the web site as MP3 files. You can download and listen to them as you choose!



Vista Hibernation Annoyance

Some have called it a bug. That description may be a little extreme, but at least it is an annoyance. It is easy to disable the hibernation feature in Vista, especially accidentally. What is annoying is that it is not just as easy to turn it back on. Some have called this a bug.

There are many websites that address the issue including Microsoft’s own website:

What follows is taken from a couple of other websites.

If the hiberfil.sys file on the system partition is removed, the option to hibernate is not available. A common reason for the hiberfil.sys to be deleted is from running the Disk Cleanup Tool, as explained in the Microsoft article "The hybrid sleep feature and the hibernation feature in Windows Vista may become unavailable after you use the Disk Cleanup Tool". See the pictures that follow.

Selecting the C:\ drive to be cleaned up.

The dialog below shows that the hibernation file cleaner will free up 1.99 GB of space. This is the "hiberfil.sys" file that will be deleted. The description of this file can be read below:

After cleanup the Hibernate option in Power Options is no longer visible. This problem occurs when the Disk Cleanup Tool removes the hibernation file. The hibernation file must be enabled to access the hybrid sleep feature and the hibernation feature in Windows Vista.

When the hibernation file is disabled, and the hybrid sleep feature is enabled, a backup of open programs and open files will not be saved to the disk when you use the sleep feature in Windows Vista. Additionally, if the computer loses power while Windows is in sleep mode, open programs and open files will not be recovered, and any unsaved work will be lost.

Turning it back on is relatively simple.

Type cmd into the start menu search box, and use Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open in administrator mode. You can also right-click the item in the menu and choose Run as Administrator.

In the CMD window type

powercfg -h on

and then press ENTER.

As an alternative you can use WinBubble to activate and de-activate hibernation. If you don't want to memorize and if you encounter this problem again: download and open WinBubble -> go to the Specific Tab -> click Re-enable Hibernation Button.

WinBubble can be found here:


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