why do that and take a chance killing system when all you need to do with no risk is defrag and scandisk in safe mode?
no probs on any machine ive used or repaired.
This is to all the people who seem to be having problems with defragmenting their HD's using WinME OS.
It is almost inpossible to shut off all running background tasks as <CNTL+ALT+DEL> only lists ~some~ of them, rather then all of them. Even after shutting down everything possible using <CNTL+ALT+DEL>, there are stll 10 or 12 running background programs that you can't see and aren't listed. If any of those programs are writing to disk, defrag will constantly restart.
There is a way around this, however. You will need a Windows Boot floppy to do this properly.
Open a Windows DOS box. Type
"EDIT C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI". Go to the [BOOT] section of the file and find "EXPLORER.EXE". It's usually the second line in the [BOOT] section, and change it from "EXPLORER.EXE" to "DEFRAG.EXE". Save the file and reboot your computer. It will promptly start defragmenting the HD, without loading all the other programs and drivers that aren't required for operation of the computer.
When it is finished defragmenting the computer will stop all operation.
Forget about doing anything with it at this point.
Shut off (power down) the computer. Insert the boot floppy in a: and turn on (power up) your computer. At the boot menu hit "4 (ENTER)".
Type "EDIT C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI". Go back to the [BOOT] section and change "DEFRAG.EXE" back to "EXPLORER.EXE". Save the file.
Remove the boot disk and REBOOT the computer.
This should solve any of the defrag problems experienced as there are no background tasks writing to disk and (almost) all files will be unlocked and be dragmented. Windows cannot defragment a locked (in-use) file.
WARNING!! NOT FOR THE "FEINT OF HEART". Also, if you screw this up and manage to kill your OS, don't come whining to me. I've done this several times without problems, but will not guarantee your results. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Mike (the Slide)
P.S. You can delete the "WIN386.SWP" file at the DOS prompt. Windows will start a new one after defragmenting. This will save time when defragmenting the drive.