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Disk cleanup hangs up

by DavidR1216 / November 26, 2003 7:24 AM PST

Using Windows XP Home, the disk cleanup utility starts up at the "Scanning Compress old files", gets to about three bars and never gets any further. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re:Disk cleanup hangs up
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 26, 2003 7:31 AM PST
In reply to: Disk cleanup hangs up

I have a 2.0 GHz P4 with 512M RAM and a full hard disk (it does a Tivo thing) and this step can take 20 or more minutes to complete.

There is NO indication it is working except the HD light is blinking.

If you want, there is a registry key to turn off this step, but you can give it time.

Bob

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Re:Disk cleanup hangs up
by Tufenuf / November 26, 2003 7:38 AM PST
In reply to: Disk cleanup hangs up

David, Go to the link below, scroll down to "Fixes for Windows XP" and using the downward arrow button choose "Disk Cleanup-Compress Old Files Freezes" and download the .reg file and either double click it or right click it and choose merge. This should correct the problem you're having.


http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks2.htm#fix

HTH
Larry

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What does this do?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 26, 2003 7:58 AM PST

It seems to delete the step of Compress old files?

How can they leave that in and cure the freeze?

Bob

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Re:What does this do?
by Tufenuf / November 26, 2003 8:15 AM PST
In reply to: What does this do?
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Re:Re:What does this do?
by Alan Copeland / November 26, 2003 10:59 AM PST
In reply to: Re:What does this do?

I posted the same issue on the old forum and Larry had a fix. It did involve registry changes as I recall, but it boosted my disk clean speed.

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So how do you put the compress old files back in without the freeze?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 26, 2003 11:14 AM PST
In reply to: Re:What does this do?

Or maybe it didn't freeze?

Just kdding. This is not a fix, but a workaround. By not performing the compression check, the delay is gone. It never "froze up", but was just going to take a very long time.

Bob

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Re:Re:Disk cleanup hangs up
by DavidR1216 / November 26, 2003 11:07 AM PST

It worked. Thanks, Larry

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Re:Re:Re:Disk cleanup hangs up
by Tufenuf / November 27, 2003 12:17 AM PST

David, Glad to see that it worked and Thanks for posting back to let us know.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Larry

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