How To Defragment XP - Defrag

If your PC starts to slow down, one of the first things to consider is when you last defragged. If you want to see why I'm trying to write a simple How To on this take a look at Microsoft's defrag explanation.

  1. Empty Trash and it wouldn't hurt to empty your browser cache. In IE that's in Tools/Internet Options/Temporary Files.
  2. Change Power Settings: Right Click on the desktop and click Properties from the drop down menu Click Screen Saver and set it to "None". Click "Power" on this screen and set all Power setting to "Never" and make a note of what you had so you can set it back like it was. Hit Apply. While in "Power Schemes" click on "Hibernate" and disable it. Don't forget to put it back like you had it. Hit Apply again.
  3. Go to the bottom of your screen (Lower Right) and turn off all the programs that you can. You don't want anything like Norton running as it will mess with the defrag. Just right click on the little icons and you will get a pop up to turn them off. (Turn off Norton items individually. They will come back after re-start.) If you don't have a quick way to turn them off don't stress and move on.
  4. Close your browser (Internet Explorer) and email. You should not be running anything or mess with your PC while defrag is in Process.
  5. Go to Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Defragmenter Now hit "Defragment" and leave it alone till done.
  6. Close Defrag and restore the settings you changed.
  7. Reboot (Restart your PC) you are Done!