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    Dear forum members, my scheduled Disk defrag does not run in Win7 home 64 bit. I have made sure that all appropriate areas are ticked. Also in Services.msc the defragmenter is set to automatic and I have started the service. No Go. I have tried setting daily 5pm no go, 6pm and watched, no go. I have ticked only C: no go. Nothing so far has corrected the problem. The program that was always on was Zone Alarm Pro. That should not matter as web access is not necessary. Does anyone have any ideas? A web search turned up other people with the same unsolved problem. Regards Peter

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    Is the task scheduler service running?

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    Hi JoeP, thank you for the reply. Yes the task scheduler is running. When I asked to show the last 24 hours it said unable to read data. Regards Peter

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    Why use Windows defrag tool? Download 'Defraggler' from cnet.com
    It works very fast in Vista & Win7 64 bit & you can see the defragging in action & the defragged files & folders.
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    Peter, have you checked the Event Viewer in Administrative Tools for any error messages concerning Task Scheduler and Defrag?
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    Peter.
    Have you check that you have not set schedule to only start if computer is idle.

    Hope this helps

    I also suggest using a third party de-fragger such as 'Smart Defrag' as these are more configurable than windows defrag.

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    Thank you all for your replies.
    Gerald, I can not find where to start Event viewer. It is not in the Services.msc list.
    Thanks for the links to the 3rd party defraggers. I have downloaded smart defrag.
    I would have been nice to be able to fix the Microsoft scheduled defrag. Regards Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Schulze View Post
    Thank you all for your replies.
    Gerald, I can not find where to start Event viewer. It is not in the Services.msc list.
    Thanks for the links to the 3rd party defraggers. I have downloaded smart defrag.
    I would have been nice to be able to fix the Microsoft scheduled defrag. Regards Peter
    To start the Event Viewer go to Start | Control Panel | System and Security | Administrative Tools | Event Viewer
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    click Start and then in the search bar type "eventvwr" without the quotation marks, click on eventvwr.exe
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    right click "Computer", select Manage, then click on Event Viewer.

    There is not an event viewer service. The service to capture events is named "Windows Event Log".

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    Hi JoeP the Windows Event Log could not be started it says error 4201 the instance name passed was not recognized as valid by a WMI data provider. Whatever that means. Who is going to understand this? I do not. Sorry for my outburst. Thank you for the reply. I got me started in the right direction. Now it is fuzzy again. Regards Peter

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    Hi Peter,

    Check out this Microsoft Answers link for a possible fix on the event viewer issue. Several have had success with it. Event Viewer not functioning can negatively affect some services, so it might also impact the Defragmenter issue as well.

    Another solution that has worked can be seen here in post #5, and the Sysinternals download to perform the procedure can be found here . This solution involves deleting two log files that can only be deleted upon reboot because once Windows has loaded, these two log files are flagged as in use and cannot be deleted. Somehow, permissions were corrupted or changed so the System could not access these log files. Once they are deleted, Windows recreates the log files with appropriate system permissions.
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    You could also try Auslogics defragmenter
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    Thank you Gerald, I did do the DOS boot before Windows starts and tried to rename RTbackup, access denied. I then tried delete and I was able to delete the RTbackup file as per one of the other posts suggestion.
    The WMI files are locked when Windows starts. So you can't delete them after start up.
    This is way too complicated and lets not waste anyone time on it anymore. Microsoft should have a fix for people that post problems with their new OS. Like reading websites such as this one. For an MVP on the other website to say rename a file when it is locked and therefore not deletable does not help. Thanks for all the help. The event viewer still give the same reply unable to ..... Regards Peter

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