Author Topic: Windows 98 Scandisk & defrag never complete  (Read 2760 times)

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l_c_jackson

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Windows 98 Scandisk & defrag never complete
« on: December 07, 2006, 02:28:14 PM »
I've recently installed Avast 4 Home edition and I'm extremely grateful for the continued availability of free anti-virus software for Windows 98.  Now I find that after disabling Avast via the system tray icon I am still unable to run scandisk or defrag to completion. 

Obviously performance will not deteriorate significantly for some time, but how can I disable Avast 4 _completely_ to enable these essential utilities to finish running? 

Many thanks, L Jackson.

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Re: Windows 98 Scandisk & defrag never complete
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2006, 02:35:16 PM »
If you have used the Stop On-Access protection that is as far as you can go without using the three finger salute (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and end any avast programs completely, but that is messy and you would have to reboot to restart those elements (Safe mode is a better option, see below).

Win98's defrag is very fragile and all sorts of programs need to be shut down so it is advisable to run a defrag from safe mode avast doesn't start in safe mode, nor will other programs that might get in the way.

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Re: Windows 98 Scandisk & defrag never complete
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2006, 04:47:18 PM »
I have the same problem under Windows Millenium. To défrag with efficacity I disconnect the modem temporaly from the PC.

I hope it could help you.

Guy

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Re: Windows 98 Scandisk & defrag never complete
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2006, 03:01:27 PM »
Thanks very much for that tip about running scandisk and defrag in safe mode.  This is in accordance with advice from the Microsoft web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/835603/en-gb

I'll give it a try. 

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Re: Windows 98 Scandisk & defrag never complete
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2006, 03:20:31 PM »
No problem, I thought that was the official line, but it has been a very long time since I used win98, good luck with the defrag.

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