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How to show Vista Disk Defragmenter progress

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How can I get the Disk Defragmenter in Vista to show the progress of process, as with earlier versions of Windows?
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Hello gbm33,

here's a free alternative:
http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag/index.php
and a not so free one:
http://www.diskeeper.com/diskeeper/home/home.asp

Both highly recommended.

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I am subscribing to this Q as I defragged my HDD last night and have same issue - it's even worse than XP (which was even worse than Win98)

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Out-of-the-square solution:  Dualboot Vista with Win98 and run Defrag from there  :)  - you might have driver issues though  ???
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Good luck with installing Win 98 on a new PC Ryan :o)
I'm not sure that we shouldn't all have stuck with it.

Your explanation and reasoning make sense LeeTutor, but it nevertheless gets irksome that so much control is chipped away and all these changes make Windows less and less penetrable to new users who haven't progressed through previous versions - not to mention DOS.

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Is that Hawiiian?  :)

You have to have some humor every now and then - as was the case with my last post. Although, there are still some people out there who will say Win98 is the greatest OS around  :) - They've even made Win98 7YL Edition (Windows 98 - 7 Years Later). I've got a link for it if anyone wants it (or if someone reads this post down the track when it's closed send me an email).

Back on the topic - your best method would seem to use alternative Defrag software. See if there's anything good enough in the freeware category - let us know if you decide to do this and what software you chose:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:*:IE-SearchBox&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=defrag+freeware&spell=1

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The simple answer is you can't. Microsoft decided that the display and even a % done was meaningless  and removed them. If you want to see a display you are going to have to upgrade to PerfectDisk http://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk2k/ or Diskeeper http://www.diskeeper.com/ or a similar 3rd party product. Incidently both of these are much more efficient and flexible but obviuosly will cost you money.
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In windowsxp I have use the run> cmd> and typed into the black box defrag C:
here you can see the actual defrag % rate anyway, never again will we see that green cluster page like in windows98
So if you want a dos box type defrag in Vista
look here
http://www.windowsvistauserguide.com/command_line/command_line_defrag.htm

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All: Thankls for the information.  I am not interested in an alternated solution; all I wanted was know if Vista could display the progress.  I am splitting the points between vallis and LeeTutor. as they were posted at the same time  Each answer was to the point, although not declaritive.  The links gave  clear and thorough explications as to why the progress meter was elimintated.

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