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computer freezes on disk cleanup

by star4268 / June 14, 2004 4:48 AM PDT

I have plenty of memory, but whenever I run Disk Cleanup and select the drive I want to clean, it hands for an indefinate amount of time without actually getting to the "this is how much space you can make available" screen to even let me begin deleting temporary files. Why is this? It's not because I didn't wait long enough for the program to run, i've let it run for hours...

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Re: computer freezes on disk cleanup
by Tufenuf / June 14, 2004 4:57 AM PDT

star4268, Go to the link below and scroll down to 48 and you'll see the "Disk Cleanup - Compress Old Files Freezes" Fix in the right column, download it and run it which should correct your problem.

Just click on the words "Disk Cleanup-Compress Old Files Freezes" not the underscored word "Undo".

"To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.


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Computer does not freezes on disk cleanup. Can take days.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 14, 2004 4:57 AM PDT

The compress old files actually runs the files through compression because Microsoft got feedback that the space saved was "inaccurate." The only way to get the right number is to do the compress. With today's many gigabyte drives, you can be looking at a very very long delay.

Most of us will just skip that step. Here's how:

Remove this key...


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Re: computer freezes on disk cleanup
by Silver7 / June 14, 2004 11:19 PM PDT

Virus.Have you Run a virus program and checked for any?

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