Thursday, August 31, 2006

Troubleshooting: Xp Defrag Quit Working

I received a new PC, which promptly crashed on me, much to my annoyance. However, I fortunately got the OK to create my own custom image for my machine, which is really nice since the SOE images at our job are terrible.

After getting Windows XP installed, I had a particularly annoying issue come up. Defrag did not work. The GUI came up, but the buttons didn’t do anything. I found this article pointing me to a few fixes, which did not seem to fix anything.

After a little more searching, I came across this article that pointed me to a few more things to try, such as registering two DLL’s. This also did not fix my issue.

So what fixed my issue? Starting DCOM of course. Who would have thought a mechanism for distributed computing would affect the disk defragmenter? For reference, the actuate service name is “DCOM Server Process Launcher”.

1 comment:

yawl said...

I did the same thing before:
Do not disable "DCOM Server Process Launcher" service

DCOM sounds too bad for security folks:)