Running the Disk Defragmenter utility on a regular basis can keep your system running efficiently. It organizes the files on the drive so that they can be accessed more quickly. Running this utility can take a long time to complete and there should be no other programs executing while this process is running. You can use the Windows Task Scheduler to run this program run automatically at a time when the computer will not be in use.

Simply do the following:

  • Go to the Control Panel and open the Scheduled Tasks applet.
  • Double-click Add Scheduled Task
  • Right-click the folder, and select New | Scheduled Task
  • Click New Task and give it an appropriate name (Defrag Disk).
  • Double-click the newly created icon, to open the Task dialog box.
  • In the Run field, type “defrag.exe c: -v”.
  • In the Start in field, type “C:\”.
  • In the Run as field, enter a user account with administrator privileges. Click the Set password button, and enter a password for the account.
  • Select the Schedule tab to select the time and date(s) to run the task.
  • Click OK

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