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    Disk Cleanup

    My system appears to work perfectly except when I try to run Disk Cleanup. I get an ' iillegal operation ' message every time. Scandisk and disk defrag both work fine. Can anybody help?

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    Re: Disk Cleanup

    i've been there. The fix was to re-install windows. however im sure there is a better way.

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    Re: Disk Cleanup

    Thanks Hailey

    It's as I feared

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    Re: Disk Cleanup

    Are you using the L O N G version of Scandisk? If not, try that.

    If that doesn't work try:
    Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Information.
    Then click on Tools. There are several things there you can try, like :
    Internet Explorer Repair Tool
    System File Checker
    Registry Checker
    ScanDisk
    And
    Version Conflict Manager

    None of these things will hurt anything, and may fix something that is "out of place".

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    Re: Disk Cleanup

    Hi RW Comic

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out individually.

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    Re: Disk Cleanup

    in hopes that I don't have to use the suggested cure ( a reinstall) - may I add a related problem, and request help?
    When I go to Defrag: i get error prompt use scan disk first, you have problem files.
    When I go to Scandisk: I get a stall. This occurs on both my C: and D: drives. All programs have been shut down. Fox.

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    Re: Disk Cleanup

    I too have experienced this problem. I believe it's to do with crosslinking of files, that is, different files point to the same part of memory. I resolved this by unchecking the 'fix faults automatically' option prior to running ScanDisk, then by accepting any suggested prompts. I no longer use ScanDisk - I use Norton Utilities which appears to be more effective.

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    Re: Disk Cleanup

    Try this & see if it helps:
    1. Reboot the machine.
    2. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del & end task on everything (1 at a time, of course) EXCEPT Explorer & systray. No antivirus--no nothing.
    3. Right click the desktop, choose Properties/ScreenSaver tab/Settings & make sure everything is set for no screen saver & "Always on".

    Now run scandisk & see if it helps. I set mine (under Properties/Advanced) to delete cross-linked files & free lost fragments. If this doesn't work, try running SFC (System file checker). If you still have trouble, may be able to reinstall just scandisk, rather than all of Windows.

    I vaguely recall that there was a switch that you could use to verify, rather than reinstall. I thought it was /y, but I'm not sure of this.
    Hope this helps.

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