1.) Backup your computer - Use something like "Norton Ghost" or your own preferred software. --This is not required, but should be done if you are scared to lose any of your data.
2.) Go to Control Panel --Add Remove Programs: Remove everything you don't need, below is what I removed:
- Browser Address Error Redirector (if it is installed)
- Dell Support Center
- MS Works
- Google Toolbar (if installed)
- Google Desktop (if installed)
- McAfee trial (if it is installed and you have your own AV)
4.) Go into explorer and copy the Dell, Drivers, and I386 folders to somewhere else. (They all reside in C:) In my case, I just moved them into the SDHC card that I had purchased. However, moving them to a thumbdrive, cd, dvd, or network drive works just as well. They are really just for backup copies. Once you have "backed up" those folder, Delete Them. They are not necessary.
- Open the Windows Control Panel
- Double-click Power Options (you may need to click "Classic mode" on the upper left first)
- Click the Hibernate tab, de-select the 'Enable hibernate support' check box, and then click Apply.
- Restart your computer and hiberfil.sys will be automatically deleted. (my computer did not require a restart)
I will add more to this tutorial at another time. For example, there are a few free programs you can run that allow you to clean up old windows update files.