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instructions to use the Weekly Cleanup folder on your desktop for
Windows XP only.
Click the Check Now Button to get this box:
Check the Automatically fix errors box. (If you check the "Scan for bad sectors" box, it will take hours and is only needed if you suspect a failing drive.) Click Start and you will get a message that it will be run the next time you start Windows. Click OK.
Note: the next step (Defrag) can be also be done in the Properties box above.
3. Open the third item (Disk Defragmenter) This program scans the hard drive to reorganize it for more efficient operation. Often called Disk Optimizer. Click OK to Defrag the C drive. If it says "You don't need to run Defrag", do it anyway. Click Start. When done, It will ask if you want to quit Defrag. Answer Yes. In XP, you may see more than one drive. Many XP computers include a separate drive letter for the "Recovery" information (Notably HP machines). Do not defrag the "Recovery" drive.
Close all windows. You now have a clean machine.
If Scandisk or Defrag gives an error message that says something like "The program has restarted 10 times. Do you want to continue?", click No and look for another way to run the program. This happens because a program running in the background (like Norton AntiVirus) keeps reactivating the hard drive and making Scandisk or Defrag restart at the beginning because it detects an apparent change in the drive's contents. There are 3 methods to solve this. One is to use Ctrl, Alt, Del to shut down all running programs. (See note below) When you restart the computer, these will all return. The second method is the restart the computer in SafeMode. Click Here to learn how to do this. A third method is to use Msconfig to close all unnecessary programs. You can use this method to shut down your antivirus program (the usual cause of the problem) and then don't forget to use Msconfig to turn the antivirus back on again after the defrag.
Note: CTRL-ALT-DEL works differently in XP. It looks like this:
The applications tab shows the visible running programs. It does not show the background programs as in the 98/Me style. Switching to the Processes tab shows the background programs.
Since it is very difficult to know what these processes represent, it is better to use the msconfig method to shut off the background programs.
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