How to Defrag From The Context Menu


By Damien for

If you’re not familiar with defragmentation in Windows, you really need to learn about it as soon as possible. Soon enough, you’ll be wondering where it’s been all your life, especially with the new features that Windows 7 introduces, which allow the drive to consolidate its free space and run multiple times in one session to make sure that the drive remains free of fragmented files.

What’s This All About?

Normally, you start the defragmenter utility by going to your “Start” menu and navigating from there. Obviously, this might be inconvenient for you if you need to defragment frequently. You could have multiple hard drives or a RAID configuration. There are a number of different reasons why you would want a context menu for defragmenting hard drive when you right-click on one.

I conducted a small survey of computer users who neglect drive defragmentation. Why?

More than half of those people said that they’d prefer the utility to be more reachable. So, I came up with an answer for that. The following is a tutorial that teaches you how to put a context menu when right-clicking your drive that lets you defragment it:

1. Access the “Run” dialog on your computer by pressing “Start + R” on your keyboard.

2. Type “regedit” and press “Enter.”

3. Navigate to “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDriveShell“. It’s going to be tough to sift through all that if you have as much junk on your computer as I do. Here’s where we are so far:

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One thought on “ How to Defrag From The Context Menu

  1. after following instructions and rebooting, i dont have context menu when right clicking on my C: drive. any suggestions would be appreciated. (win 7 ultimate user)

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