Defrag suddenly inaccessible in Windows XP

  naviator 00:05 21 Feb 2009

Windows XP Home. Defrag selection results in "MMC cannot open the file C:\WINDOWS\system32dfrg.msc".
The file is there, I do have administrator's rights, and the last time I used it about 10 days ago there was no problem. Has anyone else experienced this fault?

  brundle 01:35 21 Feb 2009

Locate C:\WINDOWS\inf\dfrg.inf, right click and select Install, reboot and try defrag again.

  naviator 10:04 21 Feb 2009

Brundle - Thank you for your response. Unable to locate the Windows system file you mention - apparently it doesn't exist on my machine. The only one which does is dfrg.msc on system 32 and that doesn't help at all.

  birdface 10:13 21 Feb 2009

Maybe try this.
click here
Or just Google for free Defrager.

  brundle 10:26 21 Feb 2009

It's a hidden file, you need to tick "Show Hidden Files" in Folder options, or click here

  naviator 13:19 21 Feb 2009

Thank you again, also Buteman. I had in fact opened the hidden files but still no sign of the file needed.
In the meantime I have tried both Auslogic Disk Defrag and Piriform Defraggler. The former very fast but did not seem to do a thorough job as Piriform uncovered another large number of fragmented files which it took well over an hour to process (much slower than the MS version). I think I will stick with Piriform which although it doesn't resolve the original problem does enable defragmentation to take place.
This query therefore remains open in case any other solutions turn up.

  User-1229748 15:35 21 Feb 2009

there's a few possible solutions hereclick here

  el jimbo2 18:11 21 Feb 2009

Try dial a fix.
It is free and the fix defrag tool is in the hammer button.

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  birdface 19:40 21 Feb 2009

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  el jimbo2 22:15 23 Feb 2009

just tried dial a fix on my machine, did not work.

I have the same problem. I am recovering from a virus.

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