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I am running Windows 98.  When I "defraf" is it necessary to turn off screensavers or any other programmes?
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by:LeeTutor
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Yes, you should turn off screensavers and any other running programs, for they will interrupt the defragging, which will then restart, possibly over and over.  Often it is best to defrag in Safe mode if you have problems in normal mode.  There is a good free utility from Pc Magazine called EndItAll which is useful for turning off all running programs except Explorer and SysTray (which must remain running during Windows operation.)   The following is a quote from the web site where you download it: EndItAll lets you terminate all non-essential programs for the purpose of installing new software, running finicky games, or writing to CD-Rs that need a big buffer. The essential system programs Explorer and Systray cannot be terminated. EndItAll's main window presents a list of running processes. You can protect any process in the list from termination. EndItAll was written by Neil J. Rubenking, and first appeared on the PC Magazine Web site August 1, 1999. The web address where you can read about it and download it from: http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,2997,s%253D1478%2526a%253D10165,00.asp
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yes, otherwise defrag will keep on restarting, as every time the disk contents change it must restart
press ctrl + alt +del and end task on all but systray and explorer and then run defrag (some anti virus programs will cause defrag to continually restart too)
you can also boot to safe mode, disable the screensavers and press ctrl + alt +del and end task on all but systray and explorer and then run defrag
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by:stevenlewis
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beat me by a minute Lee LOL
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by:MERC123
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Thanks guys for a very prompt and comprehensive answer
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by:stevenlewis
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Lee, I'm gonna post a Q for you in this TA, just to be fair
Steve
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