Win XP defrag
February 15, 2007 3:26am CST
Could a Windows XP Home file get corrupted as a result of the defrag operation? Immediately after a defrag I started having problems with my shutdown. It would take roughly 10 times as long and I occasionally get an error message that "file _______.exe is not responding. Click here to end now." After clicking that button it would eventually shut down. Everything else seems to work OK and the next startup works OK. If a Windows file is corrupted, can I replace just that one? If so, how? I still have the original XP disk with SP2 that I purchased about 1-1/2 years ago but I seem to recall having to register it with Microsoft so it couldn't be used twice.
• United States
1 Mar 07
The problem is with your hard drive. Defragmenting will reorganize your system to make your files more accessible, thereby speeding up your machine. If your hard drive has bad sectors, it is possible that the defragger moved files onto the bad sectors of your hard drive. My brother used to have this problem and he could never defrag because he was afraid of anything important falling into the bad sectors. Sadly, you'll probably have to replace your hard drive to avoid the problem in the future. You can try running check disk to see if it can scan the surface of your hard drive and fix bad sectors, but it doesn't usually work too well. You can reinstall Windows XP as many times as you want on the same computer and register it just fine. You can also do a repair installation with your CD where you retrieve the file that is missing or corrupted. What you can't do is install it on multiple computers at the same time.