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  1. Your recent entries mess up

    PlayReady for Windows Media Center

    DRM for playing Netflix via browsers & WMC


    I'd really suggest removing these because I have to delete this file to get Netflix working


    and remove and reinstall PlayReady because you mess with this folder



    I'm guessing both poop out because you touch the DRM directory

    I know I can uncheck DRM but I'd leave it up to you to determine whether it's a good thing but I never like cleaner apps that have unintended consequences.

  2. It's a cost issue. Most people wouldn't want to pay for a 2nd set of disk drives to put file fragments together.



    It took Defraggler 61 hours on USB2.0 to defrag a 1TB USB drive that was 99% full.

    And there were still some fragments left over.


    Yes, defragmentation programs like some free space to work with. It's time to buy a bigger hard drive or delete some files... you packrat you :)

  3. It's the difference between moving pieces of one file together to make that individual file one piece (ie contiguous/defragmented) and moving files around for improved file placement on the hard drive platter.


    When you think of file fragmentation visualize something like this:




    Say a file is on your drive, then needs to get bigger but has no room to grow in the surrounding area, so it must pick another spot to add the additional size. Eventually this leads to fragmented files.


    Now, say you have temporary internet files (pictures and webpage code) that you accumulate during your internet browsing which you pull down from the web as you surf various websites. These small files get dispersed on the drive and potentially flushed as you delete them through cleaning programs. What a defragmentation software might do is move files that are rarely changed or accessed to the inner/outer portions of the drive - if they are accessed more frequently and remain unchanged over time I imagine a defragmentation program possibly moving them to the center of the drive as it is less circumference, though I'm sure there are better defragmentation algorithms out there- and temporary files on the outlying edges of the drive since they'll be added & deleted more frequently.


    If you hit defragment the application is accounting for individual files being fragmented and putting them back together but also an idea of optimal file placement to A) reduce future fragmentation and B ) put files on the disk in positions that would give it nanoseconds more read time.


    So if it's moving files around defraggler is doing file placement.


    Alternately, if you just want to put the fragmented files together and disregard files placement- in defraggler hit analyze, then click on the files tab, check all fragmented files and defragment from there. This is much quicker for making files contiguous

  4. Look at the "File List" tab not the fragmentation statistics this can be misleading because some folders containing files are not accessible to the user such as "C:\System Volume Information" (system restore folder).


    Richard S.




    ... and if you have OCD you can delete your restore points if you feel confident in your machine's current state, then defraggle, and finally turn system restore back on.

  5. You cannot defrag c:\pagefile.sys because it's locked by the Operating System you will need to use a boot cd like BartPE to gain exclusive access to the file or alternative run Sysinternals PageDefrag (once only).

    Even if you could run Defraggler under BartPE it's coded not to touch c:\pagefile.sys (still unsure why though) however to remove this limitation you need to edit Defraggler.exe and modify the unicode string "pagefile.sys" stored twice.

    Alternative you could use Sysinternals Contig running under BartPE to defrag pagefile.sys which is just as effective.





    Richard S.



    I thought I recognized that username... fellow sysinternals forum member.


    Oh, btw redhawk- convert c: /fs:ntfs :)

  6. From my understanding, that will make the SP's permanent. I see enough users on this forum get themselves into trouble cleaning the most trival of things.


    Removing Hotfix uninstallers is different from executing a tool thats packaged with the SP. Im with Hazel & ishan.



    I think removing hotfix uninstallers is the less safe option than vsp1cln /compcln

    So, you're removing the hotfix uninstaller directories with ccleaner? so you go to uninstall a hotfix via add/remove and it just errors? Whereas these two utilities possibly clean up after themselves a bit better.

  7. Figured I'd post about a command line utility that I came across a few years ago for cleaning temporary files for terminal server environments. I found it after looking for something to clear out temp files of 50+ users connecting to Citrix boxes.


    works on desktop OS's as well. Wouldn't work on Vista or 2008 but if anyone was incorporating ccleaner into GPO's they might want to try tacking this on to run in their script

  8. The TuneUp program you mentioned looks fine if you want to pay for it, I guess.


    CCleaner & a defragmentation program would much of the equivalent functions.


    MyDefrag is a great program. I particularly use Defraggler when I want to target only those files which our fragmented.


    They are complimentary programs but Defraggler focuses on informing you of the specific files that are fragmented.


    Personally I would continue using MyDefrag as your primary defragmenter unless are looking for something else.

  9. ... and as for kaspersky, you'll need to turn off self protection in the settings, then pause kaspersky, run the defrag, then turn self protection back on and then resume kaspersky.


    on the system volume information...

    if your computer was running fine today, yesterday, & the day before- go to control panel, system, system protection & temporarily turn off system restore & then turn it right back on. This will simply wipe out your restore points. I know removing your last restore points is not the ideal answer but prior to XP system restore didn't even exist. If you are ok with taking a few windows updates-worth of restore history away you'll be fine and everything will be contiguous.


    Personally, these defragging programs are overkill if you have the ocd enough to watch them.... like I do

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