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August 5, 2021

2004 Upgrade Resets Drive Optimization

Here’s an interesting tidbit that’s being reported widely. After upgrading to Windows 10 Version 2004, some upgraded PCs will show the boot/system drive’s optimization status as “Never run” (see lead-in graphic above). This probably represents a mistaken setting of a status/tracking variable. In contrast, my recently upgraded Fast Ring PCs correctly report that it’s been XX days since the last optimization.

By default Windows re-TRIMs SSDs once a month, even when the optimization frequency for HDDs remains at the “weekly” default usually shown in the  Optimize Drives utility’s UI. That observed, I read with interest at MSPowerUser.com this morning that some users are reporting that

“the Optimize Drive tool is not recording the dates of the last manual or automatic scan, meaning despite a recent scan, Windows often complains that your drive has never been optimised and that the tool needs to be run.”

That seems to correspond to what I observed on 4 of the 5 PCs I’ve successfully upgraded from 1909 to 2004 so far. However, upon running retrim or defrag, the utility reports subsequent status correctly. I haven’t been able to reproduce the error that MSPowerUser reports, except for the initial “never run” status after the upgrade.

2004 Upgrade Resets Drive Optimization.dates-do-appear

Though indeed some of my 2004 machines show “Never run” as the “Last analyzed…” date, none misses a first re-trim/defrag and date info is correct thereafter.
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What To Do on Your 2004 PCs?

All you can do is check to see if drives need re-trim or degrag attention, and then see if the dates are reported correctly thereafter. If you run a re-trim or defrag and the date information doesn’t change, this is probably worth reporting to MS via the Feedback Hub. Because I couldn’t replicate that error, I myself had nothing to report. As is so often the case when Windows gets a little bit weird, YMMV. And that’s how things sometimes go, here in Windows-World!

Author: Ed Tittel

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.

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