Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter User Interface Overview

Introduction The Vista and Windows Server 2008 Defragmentation UI was limited to essential information and controls.   Based on user feedback it was found that the UI was too minimal.   In Win7 the UI intends to make the defrag operations more transparent and match the task demands of the user. List of features provided through Windows… Read more

Don’t judge a book by its cover – why Windows Vista Defrag is cool

When it comes to the defragmentation experience, simpler is not always better according to some very vocal Windows gurus. But is Defrag really all that simple? Turns out, there’s quite a bit going on under the covers, especially compared to Defrag in Windows XP. I sat down with one of the Defrag developers, Victoria House,… Read more

A quick note about Defrag.exe parameters in Windows Vista

A customer in the public Windows Vista newsgroups recently asked us about the –i and –w parameters in the command-line tool Defrag.exe. Georgi Matev provided some helpful answers below: The -i option means that unless the machine is idle, defrag.exe will pause. If the machine is idle (no interactive user input) for a few minutes,… Read more

Disk Defragmenter Beta Chat Transcript (July 26, 2006)

Chat Topic: Disk DefragmentationDate: Wednesday, July 26, 2006Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator):Welcome to today’s chat with the Windows Defrag Team.  We will try to answer as many questions as we can today. Participants should type their questions, select the “Ask the experts” check box, and click “Send.” Those posts will go into a private queue, from which… Read more

Disk Defragmenter FAQ

[Last updated 4/26/07]  Why did you simplify the Disk Defragmenter interface?The Windows Vista Disk Defragmenter was simplified primarily for the purpose of removing it out of the face of the user. It runs periodically and keeps your file system fragmentation at acceptable levels, making it unnecessary for you to launch the tool itself. With the… Read more