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HELP! Defrag Wont Work

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I am new to this forum, and thought that maybe you guys could help.
I went to defrag a laptop that has XP Home as the OS. When i selected it from the system tools menu, it seamed to work fine ( Like i said the gui loaded ). However, When i select the "Analyze" or the "Defragment" buttons, i get no form of response. The operation doesnt start, and i dont get an error msg. all i have to say is WTH? I have done alot of Trouble Shooting for windows OS before, but have never come across this one.

Any help would be awesome.


Edited by T.T3chy, 08 December 2007 - 04:30 PM.

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Native XP defrag function depends on the DCOM Server Process Launcher Service, and is supported by Windows Management Instrumentation Service.

For access, simply type services.msc into a Run box and OK.
Find the two Services on the list, right click>Properties, and set them both to "Automatic". Reboot. Defrag should now work.

Altering Services settings is the quickest way to create "mysteries" in XP. My 2 favorite references follow. Compare and contrast to determine your needs:


When in any doubt, just set to "Manual." That way System can start it if required.
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