Windows operating systems have become extremely complicated
programs. They now automatically load on startup a large
number of programs and processes most of which are hidden
to the user. Some examples of these programs are firewalls,
antivirus, spool32.exe, pstores.exe and page files. These
files make it difficult and complex to completely and efficiently
defragment your hard drive. For example, the page file
used by Windows can often be 500MB in size or larger -
it's used to temporarily store data. Windows frequently
shrinks or expands this file spreading information over
the hard disk in large and small chunks.
for Windows 2.0 offers complete defragmentation of the
hard drive by performing seven steps. These are: shutting
down running processes, disabling and removing the page
file, running the Scandisk utility built into Windows,
restarting processes, re-enabling the page file and shutting
down and restarting the PC. It sounds like all the necessary
steps for a well-designed program.
it didn't work on my Windows ME machine. I tried it on
a Windows 2000 machine where it's not supported and it
did not work. I tried it on a Windows 98 machine where
it did finally work. I wasn't able to test it on an XP
machine, but XP and Windows 2000 share a lot of the same
base code. I was concerned and wrote the support desk at
PCMESH. I received the following response.
test shows that the tasks performed by Defrag for Windows
(DW) depend on more factors (i.e., individual configuration/settings
of the particular machine) than just the operating system.
While we have many satisfied customers who appreciate our
software, we also receive e-mails from users who complain
that DW doesn't work as advertised. DW is in its early
versions stage and need some more time to be functional
on at least 90% of the machines."
a disappointment. It may or may not work on more than 90%
of the machines out there. That's too bad. My guess would
be that it probably works on Windows 98 systems okay as
it worked all right on mine. Windows 98 is not as complicated
an operating system as Windows ME or XP, which is exactly
where a good defrag program is badly needed.
other hand, it just may work on your machine. A trial program
can be downloaded and tested before purchase. The program
is easily uninstalled, but it does leave a few things to
be manually removed. If it works on your machine it's a
good deal. It's low cost, comes with a 30-day money back
guarantee, one-year free upgrades and unlimited e-mail