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Disable Auto Defragmentation in Windows 7

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

Defragmentation in a Windows-based computer system is an essential part in order to maintain the efficiency of the operating system. With the release of Windows 7 defragmentation process is by default schedule to run at one o'clock in the morning every Wednesday. This default configuration is to ensure that the consistency and efficiency of Windows 7 computer is maintained and users need not to go through all the technical configurations for which only skilled professionals are required. Although this configuration is for users’ convenience however it still requires that the computer systems should be kept running and should not be in use during that time. Moreover this default process of defragmentation may also take several hours depending on the utilization of the hard disk. Under normal circumstances users may want to disable this feature in order to take complete control over the operating system and as a Windows 7 user if you want to do so you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Logon to Windows 7 computer with any account that has administrative privileges.

  2. At the bottom of start menu in search box type DFRGUI command and press enter key.

  3. On Disk Defragmenter box click on Configure schedule button and on the opened box uncheck **Run on the schedule (recommended)**checkbox.

  4. Finally click on Ok button to save the changes and close all the opened boxes and Windows.