Issues using Windows Defrag and Scandisk - [Historical] 98 ME

Windows Scandisk and Defrag: Windows 98 & ME

Issues using Windows Defrag and Scandisk - [Historical] 98 ME

Scandisk and Defrag fail (Windows 98/ME)!

You tried running scandisk and defrag only to have it constantly restart and never finish. To solve this problem you should boot-up in safe mode then run scandisk and defrag.

Windows Scandisk

To restart Windows 98 or Windows ME in Safe Mode:

  1. Restart the computer.
  2. During restart, hold down the Ctrl key until the Windows 98 startup menu appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode from the startup menu, and then press Enter. Windows starts in Safe Mode.

Alternative method to start Windows 98/ME in Safe Mode:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Type msconfig and then click OK.
  3. Click Advanced, and check Enable Startup Menu.
  4. Click OK, and then click OK again. Click Yes when you are prompted to restart Windows. Windows restarts and displays the Windows Startup Menu.
  5. At the Windows Startup Menu, press 3 for Safe Mode, and then press Enter. Windows will restart in Safe Mode.
  6. To restore your system to normal settings, follow steps 1 through 4 and uncheck Enable Startup Menu.
  7. Restart the computer.