The following setting will rearrange files on the hard drive when the computer is idle, thereby improving the performance of the system.
- Open your registry and find or create the key listed at the bottom of this tip.
- Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "EnableAutoLayout." Set it according to the value data below.
- Exit your registry. You may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.
Here is the code you will use:
Registry Settings System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion OptimalLayout] Value Name: EnableAutoLayout
Note: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Modify at your own risk.
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This was first published in September 2006