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    Default Defrag no longer works for me.

    Running Windows 8 Pro x64 RTM (from Technet).

    In Windows Explorer, I click on Computer, right click on a HDD, click on the Tools button, and finally click on the Optimize button and nothing happens. It was working earlier in the day. I thought it might have been because I disabled the Defrag task in Task Scheduler but enabling that didn't fix the problem. Administrative Tools | Defragment and Optimize Drives also does nothing when I click on it. I ran sfc /scannow and while that said it fixed some corruption, the Optimize button was not one of them.

    Executing dfrgui.exe also does nothing.

    Any idea in getting the Optimize button working again? Perhaps I need to register a dll or some other executable? I even restored a Registry from two days ago when I know it was working and that did nothing.

    Help to get this fixed will be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Defrag no longer works for me.

    Your installation might be corrupted. Since it's still early in the testing cycle, you might want to consider starting over. I would also consider a new download. The servers were getting hit hard and yours might have been corrupted. Quite often this very strange problems can be corrected with a reinstallation.

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    Default Re: Defrag no longer works for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Medico View Post
    Your installation might be corrupted. Since it's still early in the testing cycle, you might want to consider starting over. I would also consider a new download. The servers were getting hit hard and yours might have been corrupted. Quite often this very strange problems can be corrected with a reinstallation.
    In addition to this problem I also have a problem with one of MS's scheduled Tasks, SoftwareProtectionPlatform. Whenever I run Task Scheduler I got an error message about an invalid node within an XML file. So I restored an image from a view days ago and the Task Scheduler problem is fixed. I got Defrag sort of working except for the fact it only sees two out of four of my hard drives.

    Maybe I'll try to upgrade again. This time W8 over W8. A repair install if you will. Hope this works.

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    Default Re: Defrag no longer works for me.

    Oh, you did an upgrade install. I never had success with this method. Always had strange things start happening (Kind of like what you are seeing) I always believed I got a much more pristine installation with a Custom (Clean) install with everything working the way it should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medico View Post
    Oh, you did an upgrade install. I never had success with this method. Always had strange things start happening (Kind of like what you are seeing) I always believed I got a much more pristine installation with a Custom (Clean) install with everything working the way it should work.
    Unless there is a trick to get a clean install out of what I got from Technet, Upgrade is the only option. There will probably be a full version of W8 come Oct 26 which will allow for a clean install.

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    Default Re: Defrag no longer works for me.

    If you had a qualified OS on the HD you installed Win 8 onto, you can always do a Custom (Clean) install with the Upgrade Media. Download the ISO file. Burn it to DVD, Boot to the DVD, select your time/date/location options, enter your key, then on the next screen choose Custom option. Choose the partition where you did the Upgrade and the OS will do a Clean Installation to that partition.

    The only thing you need to qualify for the Upgrade Media is a copy of XP, Vista or Win 7 that you are replacing with Win 8. This does NOT mean you have to upgrade, only that you are going to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, even when you choose a Custom Install.

    If you choose to not burn the OS to a DVD, then yes there is only an Upgrade option. Once you have the DVD you can do either.
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    Default Re: Defrag no longer works for me.

    What an idiot I am. Never even thought to see if I could do a clean install with my Technet iso (DVD).

    I just finished with the clean install and it fixed all the annoying little problems I had with the upgrade. Now I have to install some drivers and of course my programs. Definitely, keep away from an upgrade.

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    Default Re: Defrag no longer works for me.

    Glad I could help. You have once again shown my comments about Upgrade Installs to be very legitimate. There just are not as good of results doing that.

    I like to think I learn something new every day. This will be your new thing today.

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    Default Re: Defrag no longer works for me.

    I was hoping that MS would have gotten things right with Windows 8 regarding upgrading but I was wrong. Then again I guess an upgrade is only as good as the system you are upgrading from. It's amazing that I now have 'stuff' that I didn't have before and never even new existed.

    Clean install is the way to go, but not everyone knows how to get all their drivers and software onto the new OS. These folks will surely do an upgrade.

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    The upgrade seems to be what keeps us in business, LOL. When you consider the hundreds of millions of various PC's in use and the various different apps they have installed, it's pretty easy to understand why MS cannot cover all possibilities.

    I have said before, when something good happens, or something works correctly it is human nature to keep quiet about it, but if something bad happens or something does not work as expected, we yell to everyone who will listen. I suspect that the vast majority of installs will be fine (custom installs and a few upgrades) and no one will hear about them. The small minority will be very vocal about the failures and blame everyone but their setups. Like I said, just human nature.

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