What can I shut down to Defrag?

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metalsign

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I am currently using WinXP pro and I was wondering what I can shut down in task manager to run defrag so it doesn't take forever and restart constantly. In Win 98, I used to shut down all but systray.exe and a couple others, but XP has like 15 normally running programs. I haven't defragged my drive yet and it's been a while. Any help is appreciated!

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Chris
 

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XP doesn't have the same restarting problems as W98 while running defrag. Just run the defrag and you should be fine. In fact, I even use the PC while I'm running a defrag ....
 
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You might try defraging in the safe mode . . seems to work when it has trouble in the normal mode.

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There can be many apps that will be writing and changing the hard drive just like with Win98. Given the symptoms, theory and reality may diverge a little. XP should be able to Defrag without stopping but it doesn't always work that way. Simpswr's suggestion of starting in safe mode is an easy solution that should solve the problem.
 

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I could be wrong but from what I take from the post, he's never even run a defrag in XP or if so, has not had a restarting problem except with the prior OS W98. Is that true?

Anyway, I've never had any problems running XP defrag at home or at work on many PC's and I run it from Normal mode without shutting down a thing. But the other's advice of SafeMode is much better than trying to shutdown all of your applications if you feel better defragging without anything running.
 
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