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The Disk Cleanup tool stops responding while it is compressing old files on a Windows XP-based computer
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When you try to compress old files on a Windows XP-based computer, the Disk Cleanup tool may stop responding, and you may receive the following message:
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Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
This problem occurs when there is an incorrect entry in the registry that is used by the Disk Cleanup utility to locate compressed files. To work around this problem, follow these steps:
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For more information about the Disk Cleanup tool, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310312/ )Description of the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows XP