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"COMPRESS OLD FILES" not and option in my "Disk Clean Up"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by gamblehouse2003, Feb 21, 2008.

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  1. gamblehouse2003

    gamblehouse2003 Thread Starter

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    I recently had my computer crash due to a TROJAN virus and at that time I had Windows XP service pack 3 which my computer man installed for me. After being infected I had to completely reinstall EVERY thing on my computer taking my computer back down to Service Pack 1 the only operating disks I had. Now when I do a Disk Clean Up, it doesn't have the option to "Compress Old Files." Can some one please tell me why this option is not there and how I could go about fixing this. Thank you.
     
  2. Tufenuf

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    gamblehouse2003, Can't say why it's not there but you could go to the link below and try line 48 (right column) and click on the undersored word "Undo" to download a reg file.
    Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    You may want to create a System Restore Point prior to running the reg file.

    Tufenuf
     
  3. srhoades

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    I have no idea why it dissapeared, but to be honest you don't need it. Back when hard drives were small and prohibitavely expensive, disk space was at a premium. Anything that could be done to preserve it was a plus. Now, with hard drives so large and so cheap, there is really no need for disk compression.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    Well first of all that option has a bug in it which often causes the cleanup process to hang.

    I and others have removed it.

    But you can run a registry patch to put it back if you want; and another one to remove it again if it causes problems.

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    Look at the right pane in line 48

    This will put it back >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/deleteCompressOldFilesundo.reg

    This will remove it >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/deletecompressoldfiles.reg

    Note: if you do not get a save dialog left clicking on the links (that is they open and you see the code), right click anduse "save target as" to download them.
     
  5. gamblehouse2003

    gamblehouse2003 Thread Starter

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    Thank you all I will try it thank!
     
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