Both woodchip and VoG™ are correct. I had a windows 98 system for may years with the scandisk option turned off. This is OK provided you remember to run scandisk manualy from time to time. Particularly if you've had several system crashes. This I did and had no problems.
my scan disc is on my desk top as an icon shortcut as is defragment; mine is disabled for automatic running, BUT, I run scan disc hopefully each time I am on , or at least once a day, just to " keep things sorted". and defragment also needs running regularly...when did you last run THAT?????
and run scan disc in " standard" mode with as few other programs running as possible ....
Why do you keep saying "I am a novice"? You were but you are not anymore. You are now a PC Advisor!
If you preface every post by saying you are a novice the recipients will naturally be wary. Much better to (a) only reply to questions that you definitely know the answer to or (b) preface your reply with "as far as I know".
Good point. I am by no means an expert. I think IT is a subject that is continual learning. I've worked with computers for the past 20 years. Since the very first green screen, blinking cursor dos systems. I tend to answer questions based on personal experience and read and learn about the ones I've not encoutered.