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How often is it recommended to run the individual tasks in maintenance Wizard?
If I was to schedule the scandisk, defrag, and disk cleanup...How often should each be set for?
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Question by:DarrinK
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by:tasmm
ID: 2699310
The question is quite subjective, but research on the Internet has shown that generally monthly for Thorough Scandisk and defrag. Whilst, quick scan's are generally weekly
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by:tasmm
ID: 2699312
The question is quite subjective, but research on the Internet has shown that generally monthly for Thorough Scandisk and defrag. Whilst, quick scan's are generally weekly
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by:lordthywog
ID: 2699315
according to microsoft your maintence schedual should run the following
scandisk (normal) - once a week
scandisk (thorogh) - once a month
Defrag - once a week
disk clean up - once a week

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by:viper5by5
ID: 2699327
scandisk should be run once a week, normally at a firday night.Scandisk should be run before defrag to eliminate hard disk error's. Disk Cleanup should be run at least once a month due to limited size of tempery files.

Instead of runing the above prgramms to optimize your system, you may want to run TUNE_UP program, which is located in the windows directory. Tune-up delets tempery files, scans the disk for errors and defragments your drive as well, all in one step. this will save time, and the unecessary starting up of different optimization programms.
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by:DarrinK
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where are these sites you mention?
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by:viper5by5
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scandisk should be run once a week, normally at a firday night.Scandisk should be run before defrag to eliminate hard disk error's. Disk Cleanup should be run at least once a month due to limited size of tempery files.

Instead of runing the above prgramms to optimize your system, you may want to run TUNE_UP program, which is located in the windows directory. Tune-up delets tempery files, scans the disk for errors and defragments your drive as well, all in one step. this will save time, and the unecessary starting up of different optimization programms.
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by:DarrinK
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viper5by5 where is the microsoft site you mention?
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by:redhorse110598
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Depends entirely on how much you use your PC and for what you use it...
Also, Scandisk is not a necessity unless Defrag finds problems.
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AL041000 earned 150 total points
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DarrinK,
The answer to your question, has many variables to it, such as :
            1: Version of Windows
            2: Frequency of Use
            3: Loaded, Running Programs
            4: Time spent between clean-               ings.
            5: Internet Usage
            6: Many other Items
The answer must be determined by you!
Nobody else can tell when to clean house, can they?
 You've heard of running a tight ship, I run the maintenance wizard daily to verify that is clean and running sharp! It also cuts down on the time spent doing the job and keeps my speed at which I can function at its best!
                 AL
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