Description of Troubleshooting Settings for File System Properties

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This article describes the troubleshooting settings that are available on the Troubleshooting tab in the File System Properties dialog box.

To view or change these settings, right-click My Computer, click Properties, click the Performance tab, click File System, and then click the Troubleshooting tab.

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  • Disable new file sharing and locking semantics

    This setting controls the file-locking mechanisms in Windows. Disable this setting only if you are currently experiencing problems with specific programs.
  • Disable long name preservation for old programs

    Windows normally preserves the long file names of files that are accessed by older programs. You can disable this functionality if you are experiencing long file name errors with an older program.
  • Disable protected-mode hard disk interrupt handling

    This switch allows Windows to terminate interrupts from the hard disk controller, bypassing the ROM routine that handles these interrupts. Some hard disks may require that this setting be disabled for interrupts to be processed correctly. If this setting is disabled, the ROM routine handles the interrupts.
  • Disable synchronous buffer commits

    This setting manages the function calls to the File-Commit API to return immediately without checking to see if the data was correctly written to the drive. By default, Windows uses synchronous buffer commits. You can change this setting to enable asynchronous buffer commits for programs that may need this functionality.
  • Disable all 32-bit protected-mode disk drivers

    This setting determines whether fixed-disk access is performed with Windows protected-mode drivers or real mode drivers and BIOS routines. If you are experiencing drive input/output (I/O) errors, enabling this setting may be a possible solution and may help you determine if 32-bit protected-mode drivers are not working correctly.
  • Disable write-behind caching for all drives

    Write behind caching is used by Windows to write data to the fixed disks. This facilitates increased performance, but also means that in the event of a system problem, there is a possibility that data may not be completely written to the disk. If you need to make sure that data is written directly to the disk, you can use this setting to disable the write-behind caching functionality.
  • Windows Millennium Edition (Me) only:

    Disable System Restore


Article ID: 247485 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
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