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defrag trouble on Windows 98SE

by exsquid / November 18, 2005 5:39 AM PST

I cannot defrag my kids computer, 500mz Pentium3, 384ram, 12gb hd, custom built, running Windows 98se. It gets up to 4% and tells me to run scan disk, which I do and it does the same thing after running it. This has repeated itself many times, I even reinstalled the OS. Replaced Norton commercial virus (had error message about it when installing 98se again) with McAfee, courtesy of Comcast. Have run adaware and spybot to clean up for any malicious files, found Alexa and removed it, still no joy. Help, anybody, please!

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Try the workaround (SAFE MODE)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2005 5:58 AM PST

Try this in SAFE MODE. What happens?

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Probably have too many programs running in the back ground!!
by Earth911 / November 18, 2005 11:22 PM PST

Hit the Cltr+Alt+delete,end task on all programs except Explorer and Systray.Withe those programs running it will continue to restart for about forever

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(NT) (NT) Safe Mode bypasses startup files
by reefurbb / November 20, 2005 12:10 AM PST
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Turn off
by mrkhlp / November 20, 2005 10:14 AM PST

your virus protection plus any programs running in the background. Defrag will not work on 98se if anything is writing to the disk while it is running.

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