Vista Defrag Problems

Why doesn't Vista's disk defragmenter work in safe mode?

Keith Brooks, Melbourne, Florida

It does work in safe mode; it just doesn't tell you.

Vista's defrag happens quietly in the background. If you bring up the defragger, you won't find many options or much information.
Vista's defrag happens quietly in the background. If you bring up the defragger, you won't find many options or much information.
Vista treats defragging as a hidden background task--no progress bar, no pretty boxes changing colors, no sign whatsoever that anything is happening. When you launch Defrag under normal conditions (by right-clicking your hard drive's icon in Computer, selecting Properties, and clicking Tools, Defragment Now), you get a dialog box for controlling when defrags happen, but that's about it.

Do the same thing in Safe Mode, and defragging quietly starts.

Here's another Vista Defrag problem: Entering defrag c: at a command prompt brings up an error message. In Vista you can launch a command-line defrag only from an administrator command prompt. To get one, select Start, All Programs, Accessories. Right-click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as administrator. You'll know you're on the right track when Vista makes you pass through a User Account Control dialog box (if you haven't disabled this security feature, that is).

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