How to Run Boot Time Defrag in Windows XP

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With the introduction of Microsoft Windows XP, the operating system came with a few more options for maintaining hard drives. The disk defrag process orders files on the hard drive contiguously. Ordering file data on the hard drive makes it easier for the disk mechanics to find the files. Because the files are located side-by-side, the disk drive head does not need to search the drive for each file part across different parts of the drive. Using the registry editor, you can improve performance and start the disk defrag process at bootup.

  • Click the Windows Start button and select \"Run.\" In the text box, enter \"regedit\" and press the \"Ok\" button. This opens the Windows registry tool.

  • Navigate to the \"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction\" folder in the registry. The right side of the screen shows several values for the defrag process.

  • Double-click the \"Enable\" icon on the right side of the window pane. Enter \"Y\" for the value and click the \"Ok\" button.

  • Reboot the machine. Any changes to the Windows registry do not take effect until you reboot the machine. The defrag process is now enabled at bootup.

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