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June 25, 2022

Version 2004 Drive Optimization Falsely Shows Never Run

Since the release of Windows 10 Version 2004 on May 27, 2020, drive optimization hasn’t been working properly. You can optimize your HDDs and TRIM your SSDs on Day 1, but by Day 2 the lead-in graphic for this story is what you may see when you run the Optimize Drives utility again. To all appearances, this clearly says that the Optimize Drives utility has never been run on the host system. Alas: that’s completely false.

Worse yet, I’ve been able to replicate this behavior on all 6 of my version 2004 PCs and on my 2 Insider Preview Channel PCs as well (which are currently running Build 19041.331 instead of 19041.329 or 330). There’s been a huge amount of traffic on this topic, including an active thread at Tenforums.com, and stories from most of my favorite Windows 10 news sources, including Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks.net, Mayank Parmar at WindowsLatest.com, and even Answers.Microsoft.com. Curiously, though, it has not yet appeared in the Known Issues in Windows 10, 2004 list despite widespread reports that agree this is a real, widespread problem.

What To Do if Version 2004 Optimization Falsely Shows Never Run?

First rule: Don’t Panic! The TRIM and defrag functions are still working properly. The status reporting is what appears to be broken (or at least, getting lost over time). MS is aware this is a problem. Hopefully that means (a) it will show up soon on the Known Issues list and (b) it will soon be resolved in an upcoming Cumulative Update (CU) or Out-of-band (OOB) update. I just made sure it had been reported to the Feedback Hub (it had) and added my own commentary to that report.

At this point, there’s not much else to do if this issue affects your PC(s) — except, of course, to cross your fingers and hope that the issue gets fixed sooner, rather than later. That said, I’d rate this as more of an annoyance than a serious problem. Stay tuned!

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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