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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mwillshaw, Jan 5, 2002.

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  1. mwillshaw

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    I don't know how to use task scheduler to set up defragmentation and disk cleanup in windows 2000. I have tried setting it to launch the application, but don't know how to automatically execute the tasks within it. eg. selecting the drive and clicking defragment etc. Can anyone help?
     
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    mwillshaw

    This is only my opininion and hopefully you'll get some more replies.

    Neither of the utilities mentioned will execute their tasks properly if there are any programs running in the background. For this reason they are best scheduled to run over night.

    I don't like leaving the computer on all night unattended so I just run Defrag and Cleanup as and when I think it's necessary (remembering to turn off ALL background progs and Screensaver).
    This way you can configure Cleanup to do what you want.

    It's advisable to run Cleanup before Defragging and also clear out any old progs you no longer need.
     
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    Ignore above - thought I was on the WinME forum!

    I think the XP defragger permits other things running at the same time?
     
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    The windows 2000 disk defragger does not support forget it and leave it. Aka running from the task scheduler. You can set it to run, but it will only open up the program. It will not actually do the defrag for you. It is a scaled down version of Executive Software's Diskeeper. (Microsoft bought a liscense to include a limited feature version)

    For that you will need to purchase a seperate program such as the aforementioned Diskeeper, O&O Defrag 2000 Professional or Norton Utilities. There are probably others out there.

    I don't really know much about Disk Cleanup, but from what I can tell, it also will have to be run manually.
     
  5. mwillshaw

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    I have been told it is possible to do this by using Command Line Script file to control the application. i.e. schedule an executable script to run the defrag program and automatically click ok etc.....only...I dont know how to do this. Any suggestions ...or am I talking rubbish?
     
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    Thanks so much, this is very helpful
     
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