Looking at the properties of my C:/Users/Pauline folder, it shows a size of 198Gb, yet opening the folder and viewing the size of each file and sub-folder, they add up to no more than 2Gb (I keep all the libraries and user data files on a separate drive).
Another user, myself, as C:\Users\Malcolm shows a size of 9Gb. Even this is much much larger than the sum of the sub folders, but I could live with that.
Going to folder options and showing hidden and protected files shows nothing in the way of very large files.
Any ideas welcome, as my C: drive is almost full and I don'y know why!!
Your best bet would be to download an application like SpaceSniffer which would give you a graphical view of where the consumed space is going.
It's real easy to use. Just open the zipfile you download, drag the application to your desktop, and launch it.
I see your specs as Windows 7. You may want to right-click on the application and select 'Run as Administrator' which might give you a better view into folders that might otherwise be restricted.
my windows 7 (32bits) folder on the C drive is too large (21.1 GB) is there a way to clean it up?
I have deleted temp files and also run the commands:
cleanmgr sageset:99 (Check all the boxes)
still the same size.
Your Windows folder is within reason. Mine is slightly over 23 gbs.
I need to ZIP a folder containing files of about 250 MB. How do I go about this in Windows 7 Home Premium? Also where is the "Compressed (zipped) Folder" (in the "send to" drop down menu) located? Thank you
Launch Windows Explorer. Select all the files/folder you want to compress (you can also use CTRL+click to add more files). Right-Click > Send To > Compressed Folder. The ZIP will be located in the folder you are workin in. There is a tutorial if you need more info : Zip a File or Folder - How To
Here are screenshots of how it's done with the built-in zip feature :
If you want more features though, I recommend 7-Zip. It's lightweight, has a LOT of options, usually has better compression on ZIP (or you can use the 7z format which compresses even more), and is open-source : 7-Zip. It will add a context menu accessible via Right-Click in Explorer.
Here are screenshots of the same process with 7-zip :
Last night, just before bed time, my wife informed me that she had seen, earlier in the day, a message indicating low disk space on our Windows 7 (Home Premium) Laptop. I took a look at the properties on C drive and it was down to about a half GB free space. This was on an 80 GB partition on which Windows is located. I ran Disk Cleanup and there is still only a bit less than 3 GB free space. I took a quick look at the properties of each folder at the root of C drive and found that the C:\Windows folder occupied about 48 GB. Isn't this way too much? Could this be related to Windows 10 to which we never upgraded? I'll look a little further this weekend to see if I can locate the bulk of the files, but I'm guessing I'm going to have to remove some Windows Updates or something, and if so, I'll likely need a little coaching on that.More replies
My C drive is getting full and I have 5GB of files in the C:\Windows\Installer folder. I google'd around and found numerous articles/posts about running a command "msizap.exe G!" to properly clear out un-needed files.
Everything I've found on properly deleting files from this directory points back to a download that used to be here:
which now has a note: "This article previously contained a link to the Windows Installer Cleanup utility (MSICUU2.exe). If you were directed to this article to solve a problem installing a product other than Microsoft Office, please contact your software manufacturer for installation support on the product."
(thanks Microsoft... do I contact YOU then??)
Does anyone know the current correct procedure to clear out this folder? Or if this tool is still available somewhere? (and safe to use on Windows 7)
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I have just received a running out of system disk memory notice on my Windows XP desktop computer. I was a bit surprised because I don't store much on the system disk, and as part of an exercise discussed on another thread here I had recently cleaned it up. I ran a scan with AVG free which came up with nothing and also Spybot S&D which cleaned out as many temp files as it could. After this I noticed one very large "hidden" folder remaining in the temp folder. It was called ~eu0000. In it was a single file called .eunf.
I have a dual boot so I could probably quite easily delete the folder and file, but before doing so I am curious as to whether it might have been caused by malware.
The composite image above shows the location of files on my very full system drive, as well as the results of the AVG scan.
This image shows the Windows temp folder (after the S&D cleanup) containing the offending large folder.
I should appreciate any thoughts anyone has on this.
In it was a single file called .eunf
Is it eunf or just unf?
For a while now my Windows folder has been taking up more space on my 60GB SSD than I think it should. The size breakdown goes like this:
C:/Windows - 28 GB
- winsxs - 11.65 GB
- System32 - 8.45 GB
- Assembly - 1.63 GB
- SysWOW64 - 1.30 GB
- Installer - 1.17 GB
- Microsoft.NET - 1.03 GB
- SoftwareDistribution - 0.85 GB
I do regular registry fixes and temp file cleans, and I do regular inspections on my drives to remove unnecessary files and programs. However, the large increase in my Windows folder which happened about 6 months ago is really bothering me.
Is there any way get rid of some excess files? Or is this just a case of Windows inaccurately showing the actual amount of free space due to hard links?
Help is appreciated, thanks
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Okay I will do my best to try and explain this clearly.
I had one laptop hard drive crash/fail on me...so I purchased a new laptop and transferred all my files over via a window's backup and crash plan backup to make sure I got everything. Now the new laptop is having the same issue as the old laptop--obviously there is a corrupt file somewhere. The hard drive on the new laptop has not failed--yet--but 308GB of my 750 HDD has been sucked up by these temp files. I have attached a word doc with 2 screen shots--first showing the main window with all of these tmp files and the second with one file opened.
There 99 of these tmp files, with roughly 200,000 items in each taking up a lot of HDD space. I tried to delete one of these folders and the process took forever and it got hung up.
First, what are these folders and has anyone heard of this kind of issue.
Secondly, is there a way I can delete these files by by-passing the recycle bin since these things are so large. I thought I read somewhere I could use cmd to do this, but am not sure how.
I've used CCleaner and Malwarebytes and neither touched these files. As a matter of fact the Windows\Temp file never seems to get cleared out unless I manually delete what's in there. I was able to delete other files in that folder, just not these. I am getting very concerned for the life expectancy of my new HDD.
Also, one final note. I ran a chckdsk scan. It got hung up at 74% on Stage 1 and refused to budge from there... Read more
You MIGHT have a root kit virus.
Some root kit removes...
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I have a problem on my computer where when I goto a folder with a large amount of .avi files, it crashes explorer.exe. I researched on google, people had the same problem and the way they fixed was by deleting windows media player, however I need windows media player to stream my videos to the xbox.
You could always split them into sub folders so there are less files present at once.6 more replies
A twist on the creation of user folders on a drive other than C: in Win 7 Ultimate. Does anyone know if one could designate a user folder location such as E:\Data instead of using the users name and being a subdirectory of "Users". I am the ONLY one on my computer - and it would seem much easier to look to the top folder in the E drive than clicking thru E:, users, name, documents, project. I fully realize that I can set up shortcuts, but when you are in an application that wants to place a file somewhere else and presents you with an explorer windows it is a pain. The only method I thought of is using redirection with symbolic links. Every time I try to use symbolic links, I end up with something other than I anticipated. Any ideas would be appreciated - setting up new machine so anything goes!
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I've followed the instructions here - Move the Users Directory in Windows 7
My SSD is only about 70Gb, so I want to move the 27-ish Gb User folder (primarily my main User account I use - the admin / guest accounts use next to nothing.
But get a nasty error when re-booting (something like folder C:\....Users is unavailable, my Desktop is gone, Outlook doesn't seem to remember it's installed, neither does OfficeTime. Firefox doesn't look anything like I've configured it either - no remembered passwords, toolbar completely different.
Is there a quick way I can move the 27Gb User account from my C:\ SSD drive?
I'm generally very impressed with Windows 7, but it seems to be something that Microsoft have overlooked - the popularity of SSD's, and their limitation in terms of size...
I'll be looking at this after trying a System Restore - User Profile - Change Default Location - but if anyone has any better ideas, please do shout me.
Instead of moving your user profile folder or subfolders to another location and risk having issues like the one you have now, you might consider this below to be able to access the files from your libraries with the files (ex: documents, music, pictures, etc....) actually being located where you like instead to save space on your C: drive. Create a new folder at any location you want.
Move any files you want into the new folder.
Include the new folder into a library of your choice.
If you like, you can also set the new folder to be the default "save" to location for the library as well.
Hope this helps,
Everything else works fine, i can click and explore every other folder on the hd, but when I click Robert(my user folder w/ downloads, pictures, documents, etc. in it) Windows Explorer stops working, and ofc no solutions found. Virus/spyware scans run every other day, but i ran them anyway and still does it. Loading old restore points didn't help either.
shameless bump >=]
I bought a computer from my friends wife. It's a DELL INSPIRON B130 with windows XP. problem is ANY time I save something it's saved to a folder with her name on it. I cant delete it or rename it because it's required for windows to run properly.
At least thats the message I keep getting. I also tried to copy all items from this undeletable folder to a folder with name on it. And I tried taking off the read only access attribute. no success on any of this. The user administrative user account has my name on it though, so I cant figure it out, It's silly. Any suggestions??
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On new W10 computer the OEM created an account in their name. I can change it to mine (at least, to show up on logon), but how can I change the name of the folder under the 'User\theirname' folder?message edited by jjshap
What you're seeing is the profile folder. The only way to change that is to hack the Registry. Are you comfortable with that?8 more replies
I'm trying to understand this one as I have not come across any information about this yet.
I created a folder with custom security to lock down access for users to modify a folder on a server 2012 R2 file server. Basically, a user can only upload to this folder, no rename, delete, modify, etc. The permissions are set to a user group.
In a XP PC, the user seems to be working as expected, but on the Windows 7 PC, the user is being denied access to open the folder??!?!?!!?
The PCs & users are in AD.
Tested with a different account with the same results.
Is there something vastly different in Windows 7 that would do this -vs- in XP? I am using the advanced security settings to manage the restrictions. I have 1 allow rule access and a deny rule access for the group.
I will post pictures of the setting tomorrow but I'd thought I'd ask tonight in case anyone has seen this before.
Ok so i have this problem. I had a problem with my admin account last night. When i tried to login it said that that the user profile could not be loaded. So i logged into the built in admin account and deleted that profile and created a new admin account. Now when i login to my new account, in c:/users, the old profile folder is still there. And i cannot delete it even through the default admin profile. It says that i need an admin account to delete it. All the files and evrything are still in that folder. How should i delete it completely??
Hello Babyshoe, and welcome to Seven Forums.
Once you enable the built-in Administrator account, you do not want to try and delete it's "C:\Users\Administrator" user profile folder. Doing so could cause you unwanted issues.
If you do not want to continue using the built-in Administrator account (good idea), then you could just disable it instead.
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
Hope this helps,
Thanks in anticipation for any replies that you all may provide.
I had someone else install windows on my laptop and they entered a windows username of 'sony' during windows registration.
I later went on to change the windows username to: 'Ishan'
However, when I went back to the 'Users' folder in C:\ , I noticed that the folder name was still called sony (which was the name entered during registering windows). I was wondering if there is a way to change it to my current windows user name.
Even when I install any new applications, the setup program asks me: "Install for all users or only for current user: sony (whereas the current user is actually Ishan Nagar).
Or is there any way I can register windows again without losting any data and settings I have on my computer?
Hope you all can help me with this issue.
Thanks and Regards,
Hello Ishan, and welcome to Seven Forums.
The only way to change the C:\Users\(user-name) folder is to create a new administrator account, copy the contents of the old account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder, and delete the old account from within the new account after everthing checks out ok.
Hope this helps,
I installed Avast AV when Norton expired. In order to activate the internet security stuff, I had to install the upgraded library file, blah, blah, blah. In order to do this, I had to show hidden folders. Having only recently begun my foray into Windows 7 (coming from XP), I was flying a bit blind. I must have hit the wrong thing. After I was able to see hidden folders, install the library file to Avast and continue on with the reboot, the desktop came up wiped clean of my documents/pics, etc and my C:\Users\Susan folder has disappeared and is now called Public. Next, I thought I may have switched my user from Susan to Public, but I have not.
What did I do? I am so confused and feeling like a complete novice at this point....
Found the solution. I must have checked the box to hide the folder. I found the option to show hidden files/folders (in the control panel? that's dumb) and everything reappeared.... I knew it was something simple and stupid....
First, thanks for any help given. I help out at other places, and I know how tiresome it can be when people keep asking the same silly questions again and again.
However, I have looked through previous threads, but there are sooo many to go through and still have not found anything that looks like my problem. So I started a new thread. (If this has been dealt with before, you have my deepest apologies!).
I recently tried to use Windows Contact (directly from the link that is created by Vista Premium). It used to work - I am not sure how long ago since I last used it maybe 6 months? I don't know, but now it no longer works. It takes me to my User/Contacts folder.
I have enclosed some pictures of what it looks like.
What other info to provide. Hmmm fully updated. Vista Home Premium, KIS 2008, Windows Defender.
Things I have done: I tried associating the folder with Contacts (Customise this folder etc etc.) because I remember doing the change, so that all folders are treated like ordinary folders so that way I can set them all to stay exactly the same. That had no effect though. I am at a bit of a loss...and although its not critical, it would be nice to know.
Applications that I have installed that I think may have caused problems:
Windows Live Mail. Windows live Messenger 8.5. (Windows Mail is still installed).
Not sure if one of those programs hijacked it or something else. Any help would be most gratefully recieved. If you need any... Read more
Try uninstalling live mail....?
Thats the best I can come up with right now...
Umm.... Try using a third party app to view and create contancts such as Outlook, and just import the contacts from that folder. Might be more work than you want to do, but it should get them back up and working.
I was installing sqlserver express, and it keeps failing saying
similar as this guy's problem
Although maybe Avast is causing it, as this says here
results in a failed install
well it is just fated as one of those things not meant to be.
It failed but now with a more serious error. I may have caused by deleting the server instances manually when they kept failing and sucking my free space to almost zero, thanks a lot MS for making a very difficult to install program.
It is like that old saying got to know when to quit. So unless someone else can tell me how I will just quit.
Final result: Failed: see details below
Exit code (Decimal): -2147467259
Start time: 2015-09-07 08:22:17
End time: 2015-09-07 08:35:45
Requested action: Install
Setup completed with required actions for features.
Troubleshooting information for those features:
Next step for RS: Use the following information to resolve the error, uninstall this feature, and then run the setup process again.
Next step for SQLEngine: Use the following information to resolve the error, uninstall this feature, and then run the setup process again.
Next step for FullText: Use the following information to resolve the error, uninstall this feature, and then run the setup process again.
Next step for Replication: Use the following information to resolve the error, uninstall this feature, and then run the setup process again.
Machine name: SCOTTUPSTAIRSWI
Machine processor count: 2
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what are these index.dat files in this folder?
Last i checked there is 600,000+ dat files & its over 4gb. seems a waste of space just for internet explorer. With so many files is this an error or a sign something is wrong?
I believe that folder perrtains to your browsing history. You may want to donload ccleaner and try to remove them, if you want the space.
Before taking any action, be sure that the folders that you want to delete are identical to the one shown here: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/cl...sing-ccleaner/
Hello. New user here looking for some help. I was cutting and pasting 4 media folders from C:/media/movies to C:/media/TV shows
I cut them. Clicked my media folder link to open it in file explorer and the TV shows folder was missing.
It was just there 5 minutes prior because I was looking to see what files I had there already and what I needed to move over. This folder was pretty large...30ish shows with multiple seasons. I believe it's too large for the recycle bin, but I checked there anyway. I also ensured the view hidden folders option was checked. I can see all other hidden folders. Not sure how that would have happened anyway. Also, a search for file names produces nothing. This is the only drive on the PC. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't notice a big increase of free space as if it was deleted. All other folders in C:/media ate still intact.
Just FYI - I no longer use "cut". I always use "copy", then I go back and delete if it's not needed.
I've lost too many files that way
If you've cut and it hasn't appeared, try pasting again to see if it was just a glitch
Try GetDataBack Simple from here: http://www.runtime.org/
The free version will tell you if there's something left to recover - then they'll want money if you want to recover it.
You can also use the free PCInspector from here:
I'm having trouble with a game all of a sudden and I'm not sure if it's hardware or software related, so I may try to reinstall the game (even though it has been working perfectly fine for 4 years until now ) and see if that helps.
The game... NASCAR Racing 2003 Season... takes up about 15 gigs on my hard drive. I will burn most of the files to a CD, but I'd like to copy the entire folder or subfolders somewhere else on my hard drive (ample space) to make it an easier transfer later on.
The folder is 15 Gb. Will Windows let me copy and paste something that big? How long will it take?
Or is there a certain reasonable limit for each copy and paste? Don't want to make my CPU and hard drive explode to make matters worse.
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I just detected in my Windows' users' folder an user we don't have at home: wangzhisong
I checked in Internet and it looks like that it can be a virus or something similar. After running AVG and Avira rescues CDs to clean up my machine this folder still exists and I'm not sure if my computer is clean. What can I do? Thanks!
If the folder is empty, it is to be hoped that the problem is gone. However, I would recommend downloading and using Malware Bytes as it goes a little deeper into malware as well as viruses. Although I like AVG, it doesn't always find everything. If MB doesn't find anything, and you find your pc running slower than usual or having unusual errors, it might be necessary to run some other programs and/or tests that others here would have more expertise with.
I now have Windows 7 (bring back Vista!)
It seems so slow and the mail is driving me crazy
I am using my pop account in Windows Live Mail (the same as I did in Windows Mail)
However now I am unable to email a web page as the link is greyed out Any ideas (Have set IE9 as default as suggested on internet no change)
Also I added all my Contacts to WLM and they all work fine
when I click the Contacts icon at the bottom left in WLM I see all my Contacts in the folder that opens
However if I go to my user folders and click on Contacts only me shows as a Contact
In Vista everybody was there and I used to back it up
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There are duplicates of My Documents, Desktop, Cookies, Application Data etc. at the directory C:\WINDOWS\system32\[User]. Is this normal? Is it safe to delete these files without losing the original files in the proper C:\Documents and Settings\[User] folder?
It seems unneccesary to waste the extra disk space, plus, I've also noticed a problem that when I delete a file from My Documents, it restores itself automatically the next time I turn on the PC. That's how I discovered the system32 folder by running a search, and the file was removed permanently when I deleted it from there.
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On build 10586 I noticed a new Desktop Icon: 'desktop' - solid yellow icon. No need for that on the desktop so I put it in the Recycle Bin and to my amazement a popup appeared - "This folder is too big to recycle, do you want to permanently delete it?" after it compiled the size.
IF were to go ahead and do this - the Desktop clears out of folders, a blank Desktop.
On build 10586 I noticed a new Desktop Icon: 'my user name' . I had no reason to go directly to that folder in C:\Users so I put it in the Recycle Bin and to my amazement it started to compile the size, after that the popup would have appeared - "This folder is too big to recycle, do you want to permanently delete it?"
IF were to go ahead and do this - the ENTIRE CURRENT USER FOLDER would be GONE.
I'm now running 11099.rs_release.160109-1156 - which "fixed it" by requiring Administrator approval to continue.
Why is any Desktop Icon once deleted deleting any other file but itself?
System Restore wouldn't do any good for that 700GB of videos gone.
Have not seen that on mine. Are you sure that no third party utility placed that icon, along with maybe third party Internet Security software.0 more replies
in my intel dir is a folder called "analyze", it is 27gb large (see screenshot) is it okay to delete this Intel dir., (i think it is related to the "Intel Driver Update Utility 2.2" program) or rather, can i safe uninstall this program? i still am using Vista.
thanx in advance
Hi there. Trying to free up some space on my measly 32GB SSD. So far i've disabled hibernate which has saved me four gigs already which is great. And now i'm looking at windirsat here and i see that the program 'doubletwist' is using up nearly 2gig in the appdata folder, even though i have the actual program installed to a different HDD. So basically i'm wondering if i could move those files out of the appdata folder, but in a way that doubletwist will still read them, as otherwise it's just going to save more files in there.
Hope all that makes sense. thanks!
The only way I know of is to move the whole user folder which includes the AppData folder. Have a look at these tutorials - User Profile - Change Default Location
User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
Is there a way that when there's only 1 video inside a folder...it shows a big thumbnail instead of small?
Right click on the folder
Select "Choose Picture"
Find a picture that looks like a Racing car (ie your example)
hi-i have just realised that my firefox folder is about 750mb in size.there are two files in it labelled-video.avi.ddp.they are both approx 350.oo mb in size each.is it normal to have these files?can i safely delete them?
Which Firefox folder are they in? You normally have two. One in Program Files and one in Application Data. The second one is your profile and is the one that would be more likely to get large.
Are those files in the cache?
I've heard that folders that contain more than 4GB's of data are prone to become corrupt or possibly crash the HD. With that in mind I have organized my music into one folder and then 4 subfolders each containing about 4GB's each. Any truth to this?
I have also heard that file size is an issue with .pst's which makes more sense.
No its not true at all
i am trying to copy a 300 bg folder from one hdd to another
all i get is effor message "cannot copy file"
is there a reason for this
i have actualy copyed this folder before so i no not understand
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These are my problems:
1) My CPU usage is constantly 100%, then when I go into task manager it is at 100% but quickly jumps down to 2% - 6%, made me think virus
2) My c:\WinNT\system32 folder is 10gb
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Hi! I did an new install of windows 7 (home first then upgraded to pro)
I want to hide a user by doing this on the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows NT \CurrentVersion \Winlogon \SpecialAccounts\ UserList ..then add dword32 by my username value to 0
I did this on my old laptop and it worked perfectly.
Now I've done the same thing on my new laptop. It works but stangely, the folder still appears in c\users.
The user is not visible in the panel control\users or at the start of the PC
I'm sure i've done the right thing, what is causing this? Could it be a bad install of windows? Please let me know if you have a idea!
Thank you very much for your help!
If you log into that user it is going to have a user directory, regardless if you have the user hidden or not.2 more replies
I am curious as to how many people presently using Windows 7 in any of its versions, have tried 8, 8.1, or 10 either the technical preview or the now public offering in any version. The poll will last a week from today.
I would like to know how many people move their entire Users folders to a second drive.
I would like to know how many people put all or some of there programs on a second drive.
I would like to know how many people wish they had purchase a Mac
(This was just a joke, not a poll question!)
The pole will last a week from today. Thanks
I do not wish I bought a Mac. I recently purchased a new computer and specifically wanted Win 7
If my birthday or Santa brings me a SSD I would consider keeping my User Folders on the spinner but not the installed programs.
I'm a computer clutz so I apologize if I'm explaining things poorly. I had to do a system restore to a prior point (two days ago) to fix a problem on a windows 7 dell PC. It worked but it moved all of my files and user profile to my C drive.
I no longer see my user account when I go to start computer. I did find my files (at least some of them) under the c drive in C/OS/Users. Is there a way to automatically get them all back where they orginally were rather than attempt to manually move them and hope I'm placing them in the correct area?
I also seem to have lost all of my bookmarks and cannot recover them on Firefox - is there any way to get them back?
Thank you so, so much for any help in advance!
Welcome to Seven Forums.
For Firefox Bookmarks try this
Ctrl + Shift + B will show all bookmarks then Import and Backup > Restore
You should keep them backed up too Firefox Bookmarks - Export (Backup) and Import (Restore) - Windows 7 Forums
I followed this guide to change user name and user folder:
It was successfull.
However search is no longer searching my installed apps.
I tried changing all values in registry where was old name of user folder to new.
I tried to start building index again and make sure there is correct path to start menu programs and user folder.
It did not help..
How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right click on folder->encrypt folder and subfolders) and undid that option, but even though the folder and subfolders are no longer listed in green color (the color of encrypted folders) the files themselves are still gone, just the folders themselves remain, but no files at all that used to be visible in those folders. I hate encryption. I never thought it meant "hide these files from everyone, including ME." It's so stupid. How do I decrypt my folders, or, perhaps more accurately, how do I decrypt the files that used to be visible inside the folders and subfolders in the previously-encrypted folder? I even did the lengthy thing related to Certificates and still the files themselves are hidden from me. And they're not simply "hidden files" because I tried that option in options->View but it didn't do the trick. There's gotta be another way.
It sounds like you may have already tried one of these steps.Perhaps one of the others will restore the files for you.2 more replies
Hi, I recently repaired an XP Professional installation and now i no longer have the option to login to the old profile, just a default profile with admin rights. The profile still has its documents and settings folder with everything intact, and all programs from the original profile seem to be in program files. The user also does not appear in local users and groups. I have even been able to move over the application data and open a program which remained authorized and had access to previous presets.
I also made a new profile and in the registry changed the profile image path to that of the old profiles folder, I'm not sure why, it just seemed important to see the old desktop again, which i do but all the paths for the programs or at least most of them are set to "I:\" changing the path to "C:\" worked on some programs, anyway i digress, what am i missing here? am I able to regain the previous access?
If anyone could just point me in the right direction, i'll take it from there but i just dont know where to go from here.
is it a registry problem?
Hello, my computer randomly resets my settings, which are for example:
Taskbar buttons: Never Combine back to Always Combine
Also, it changes my custom user folder location from D:/xxxx/Downloads back to C:/Users/xxxx/Downloads and there is no option to change the location when I right click.
Any idea why this is happening?
Hello, Welcome to the forums!
May I suggest you take a look at this tutorial: Taskbar - Backup and Restore Pinned Items in Windows 7
Hi, I hope somebody can help.
I've created a new administrators account, and removed the old one, copying the user profile to the new account but changing the account name. Everything works fine, except now whenever I install a program, it recreates the previous user folder in C:\Users\(old username) to extract the installation files.
I'm wondering how I would go about changing the default directory to prevent this from happening, and whether there are any other problems similar to this that I might encounter?
Currently running Windows 7 Home Premium x64.
How did you go about removing the old account?
Windows ties a unique string of numbers to each user account within Windows. The best way to remove user profiles is from Advanced System Settings. To do this, type Advanced System Settings into the Start button search and hit enter. From there, click the Settings button under User Profiles. From here you can delete the profiles.
I'm a computer clutz so I apologize if I'm explaining things poorly. I had to do a system restore to a prior point (two days ago) to fix a problem on a windows 7 dell PC. It worked but it moved all of my files and user profile to my C drive. I no longer see my user account when I go to start computer. I did find my files (at least some of them) under the c drive in C/OS/Users. Is there a way to automatically get them all back where they orginally were rather than attempt to manually move them and hope I'm placing them in the correct area? I also seem to have lost all of my bookmarks and cannot recover them on Firefox - is there any way to get them back?
Thank you so, so much for any help in advance!
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I am upgrading my computer (AMD) with a new motherboard and processor (Intel) and will finally upgrade to Windows 7. I currently have my user folder on a different drive in Vista and do not want to copy it over to a 7 installation on the C drive. Any way I can map my Windows 7 user folder the the Vista Users folder I already have on my data drive?
I will be installing 7 on a WD 6400AAKS hard drive that is currently my swap file drive temporarily until M2 SSD drives come down in price when I will install the OS on the SSD. I currently have two of these drives but never bothered to set up raid 0 (flakey raid controller on my current board) so I will still have the old OS/application drive until I get 7 set up the way I want. Any other suggestions you can think of for this install? I plan on backing up everything on my data drive and all game files to an extra external USB drive first "just in case..." I also have a Sandisc Ready Cache to give it a speed boost until I get the M2 drive so I will leave the swap file on my C drive this time. TIA
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Yes you can move the Location of each of the new Win7 User folders you need to the old User folder of the same name on its data partition, following User Folders - Change Default Location.
The only drawback is that if you use Win7 backup imaging it will want to include the data partition in the System image since system User files will then be on it. The solution to this is to change to a more flexible imaging program where you can choose to exclude the data partition from the system image, like Macrium - Image your system,
or instead of moving User folder location, you can instead right click each User folder on the data partition to add to its respective Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums which will leave the C User folder in the library but add the new location too. This way if anything lands in the C User folder you can easily drag it within the library window to the data partition folder. You can also Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums.
Remember also that these folders while on a different partition always need to be backed up against data loss, by dragging them to external or using a method like Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums.
Take extra precaution during the Clean Install Windows 7 to C to not touch the data partition. If it's on another hard drive I would unplug it. If you want to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image we can advise you better about w... Read more
using windows 7 I am unable to move user profile folders to a different drive (C drive space is limited), I have attempted to move it via the MMC LU&G snap-in and it refuses to work both with old accounts that already existed and new ones that had never been logged in. I have attempted with each of the accounts I want to move to no avail, the whole user folder remains in C:\users rather than B:\users (I have used this method successfully before, admittedly on a different virtual machine, unsure as to why it's failing on this one). I have also attempted to rename the folder in C:\users to C:\users\*username*.old while keeping the MMC settings the same but that only throws up a temporary profile error, also searched through the registry for the keys that define the location of the user folder using the administrator account to no avail.
How do I get Windows to do what I want rather than what it wants?
How about this method to move User Profile - Change Default Location
It is a the safer method to move User Folders - Change Default Location.
If not try SFC /SCANNOW Command.
Hi I have been having trouble gaining access to my user/(user) folder to get to my app data details, if i right click there is no option to run as administrator, i havn't changed the share options but i did follow these instructions
Quote: Originally Posted by Christian Smith
If you wanted to remove it, just right click on the folder > Properties > Security > Click "Edit" next to change permissions > Click "add" > if the folder is nothing really personal etc, type "everyone" Into the dialog box. Hit the enter key and "Apply", "Ok" etc.
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups
Hope that helps.
and it stated that i didn't have permissions. (as it ran through a list of items )
I then followed these instructions
Local Users and Groups Manager - Open
and in both option 1 and 3 it stated that "this computer is running windows 7 home premium. this snapin may not be used with this version of windows. to manage user accounts for this computer, use the user accounts tool in the control panel."
in option 2 the local user and groups option is not there.
as far as i am aware and in the user account option i am the only user running on this computer (and as administrator)
i am therefore at a loss and any help would be gratefull
You might see if installing and using Take Ownership may allow you to be able to access it afterwards.
Take Ownership Shortcut
My user profile became corrupted after years of problem-free usage (no clue why), so now I always end up in a temporary account after a reboot.
As per Microsoft's instructions I found here Fix a corrupted user profile - Windows Help, I
1. created a new account
2. logged out and logged in again using another account (not the newly created one)
3. tried to copy the data from the account that had its user profile corrupted to the new account.
However, under C:\Users, the user folder I want to copy from is a white generic icon (not a folder) and it is padlocked and has a size of 0KB - so I can't open it to copy from. Looking at how much data is on C: it looks as if all my data could still be there (I hope).
How could I get access to copy all data from my old account into the new account?
Many thanks in advance for some hints as to what to do!
Any clue as to what this file/folder is all about? And, more importantly, how to delete it? (Assuming it's not necessary.)
I was going to try to upload a .txt file here, but it is 62.22mb; and zipping the file only went down to about 42mb
I managed to take a screenshot of a small portion of the .txt doc contents. (I got that .txt file by using this DOS command: dir>0bad.txt)
You can see the obad1.jpg here on my website:
You can access the actual .txt document via my Dropbox account--it is a 62.22mb .txt file.
I've tried & tried to delete the folder...
~ via DOS commands
~ by right clicking it and selecting: delete.
~ by creating a .bat file
I've also tried to put the folder in my Comodo\s file list, so that I can mark it as: malicious.
I tried using: Fast Copy software --- because I read online that it might be good for deleting large files. (This 0bad file has about 1 million files in it--so says its Properties dialog box.)
I tried UBCD, but the CD would not boot up. (Despite using several diff CDs. I even tried it on another PC just to see if it would boot up--but no joy.
I tried to change its contents from a partially read only, by unchecking: read only. It took about 12 hrs for this process, but at the end of it, the: read only box is still "partially checked" -- meaning, it's not unchecked or check... Read more
i love portable .paf apps and pretty much download all i can find that i "might" use one day. every time i try to enter the folder i keep them in, explorer goes into the not responding state like it is
indexing all the files, or scanning them for some reason. i have defender off, do not use any software based firewall or any real time antivirus scanner at all. the process to enter the folder takes over a minute and every time i restart my system the same thing happens again. as long as i dont shut down then it is instantly accessible like all other folders on all my other hdds including the same hdd that the folder is on. it only seems to happen with the .paf files.
the folder is only 409 files at slightly over 5gb.
It might do that once, but it should not be doing it every single time. You don't have to keep it in the Program Files folder, you can put it anywhere. I keep my portable apps in a folder off my C drive made for them, it never does this.
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I have a small 64Gb SSD boot drive C:
I installed Windows ADK to enable EasusToDo imaging software to create a boot disk.
This has left 3 folders about 3Gb in size in my c:\users\me\appdata\local\temp folder
I have therefore very little free space left on the C drive.
The folder attributes are read only.
I as an administrator user have full access rights (confirmed in folder Properties) but when I try to delete the folders the error message asks for permission from me to delete. I give this permission, then it refuses, stating Try Again as it need permission from me.
This computer does not recognise boot CDs even though the BIOS order is set correctly. I was hoping to remove files using an Ubuntu live boot CD.
Windows Disk Cleanup utility just stalls - presumably it also cannot delete these files.
What to do?
Those are some pretty enormous temp files you have there. I've never heard of such large files in the temp folder before.
I've found using the program Unlocker really helpful in deleting stubborn files.
Download Unlocker 1.9.1 - FileHippo.com
You may need to reboot if the file is especially stubborn but it tends to work most of the time.
The 64-BIT version is located here
Unlocker Free Download
I use OE 6 on an XP Pro platform, and I need to move a large block of business emails from one OE folder to another. There are roughly 8,000 emails in this folder, and I need to move half to a new folder so they will compact properly.
Is there a FAST WAY to "Select" or highlight 4,000 out of 8,000 emails? It would take hours to hold down the Ctrl key and individually click all 4,000. Using Edit>Select All will not accomplish what I need. In a regular Windows folder, one can hold the Ctrl key and drag the cursor beside a long list of files to select them. Is there any way to do something similar inside an OE folder? Thanks.
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looking for software (freeware) that will divide my 1 large folder into small folder w/o modifying any of the files in the folder
If you DID find such software, on what basis would it be dividing this large folder??
And, why not do it yourself from Explorer, by creating new Sub Folders and drag/dropping the files?
I've got a little registry file that I run on all my new installs. One thing I been wanting to add to it is the ability to set the Folder View settings to "Large Icons" for "All Folders". The manual way to do this is...
- Open folder
- Right-Click > View > Large Icons
- Tools > Folder Options > View > Apply to Folders
So basically I'm looking for the registry key that I can change to set this via reg file. I've tried digging around in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU & Bags but it looks like those are for all folders. I'm looking for the one specific key/value that windows checks to determine what the folder view should be.
Thanks in advance!
If you like, you could set your folder view settings to how you like, then use the tutorial to back up these settings as a .reg file that you can use to restore them in any user account.
Folder View Settings - Back Up and Restore in Windows
and also when deleting files recycle bin shows a black icon..
1) Right click the folder and choose properties.
2) Click on the Customize Tab.
3) Choose Change Icon at the bottom
Pick an icon you want top use for the folder,then click ok.
You may have inadvertently clicked on a "white" space when choosing icons. (It is possible to create invisible folders in that manner, hence the black box.
Try right clicking on your desktop first, and click refresh.
Hope this helps...
Clicking on a large folder in Explorer can cause a slowly-moving green progress bar. In some cases this can take several minutes to complete.
A common cause is thumbnail caching of image and video files, resulting from having properties | customize | "optimize this folder for:" set to pictures, vs documents or General items.
The most likely solution: in Explorer, right click on folder, select properties, customize, under "optimize this folder for:", select either General items, or documents. Set check box "Also apply this template to all subfolders", then click apply.
The slow progress bar is apparently caused by Explorer scanning the folder and all subfolders to pre-render thumbnail images for image and video files. This happens if the "optimize this folder" setting is pictures or videos. This happens when merely clicking on the top-level folder.
If "optimize this folder" is set to documents or General, the thumnails are not rendered until you actually click on the folder or sub-folder containing those.
This was discussed in another thread on this forum, but it was full of speculative remedies, and the actual cause and remedy was not posted until the last thread (and one year after the thread was started): Accessing drives in Windows Explorer takes a long time
I'm creating this thread with a more exact title and concise description, to aid in finding the solution based on a symptom search.
While the above is the most... Read more
My "Slow" folder was set up for Videos. Optimizing it for General solved the problem.
Yesterday i copied a large folder 51gb into my external hardisk and I used windows 7. One file name was too long and I was prompted. I selected skip file. I remember seeing the folder in my hardisk after copy. But no longer there today. the space still occupied tried using programs like pci recovery. not found.
The folder has many work files. please help;
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I am puzzled why, as far as I can tell, everything else seems to be there except this one single folder.
This is what happened: I run registry cleaner section in Ccleaner, and following that it was giving me an error message that the locally stored profile can't load, and it could only log me on with a temporary profile. Needless to say, I could not access any of the things in my profile.
I took my computer to the service place, but first nothing was done for 3 days (3 very painful days without my computer and being worried about the fate of my things on it...) and then the IT guy did work on it some, but I don't know what he did and I don't think he did much or didn't get far in any case, because when I picked my computer up there was no difference.
After that I was searching for some answers or suggestions on various forums etc. I tried system restore but it could not restore it. Then I ran chkdsk and it worked, it repaired one file (ntuser) and then my profile loaded back, looking like it always did before, except that as far as I was able to remember, one single folder is missing.
I looked in the hidden files and folders (by doing: windows explorer : tools : folder options : view tab : check show hidden files and folders : uncheck hide protected operating system files : OK) but I don't see it there.
The folder I am talking about was probably quite large, containing many sizable word documents and a number of pdf files. I think it was in "my documents&... Read more
Have you tried using Windows' search tool to search for the folder or files found inside it?
See if this software reveals anything...
I recently discovered a folder on my C: drive simply titled Boot. (Filepath is C/Windows/Boot) It is taking up 27 GB of my 37 GB available space. It wasn't always that large, but must have increased steadily in size in the almost 2 years I've owned the computer. This Boot folder has 4sub-folders, ranging in size from 4 GB to 10 GB, totaling the 27 GB, but when I open any of those 4 sub-folders, there are only a few files of a few KB each. This is not a hidden folder, and I located what I believe is theactual boot folder needed to boot up my computer. I am not able to delete the C/Windows/Boot folder or any of the folders or files inside of it. (It says I need administrative privileges, but I’m the administrator and the only user of the computer.) Starting a few weeks ago, this folder is causing me to continually get “Low Disk Space” pop-up bubbles. The other night, I cleaned up some spaceon my computer, ended up with 750 MB of free space, went to bed, and woke up to find I was down to 42 MB of free space. I suspect that somehow, stuff is automatically getting dumped into C/Windows/Boot. Would love to be able to fix this so I’m not always dealing with the “Low Disk Space” message. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. (Laymans terms please, if possible.) Thanks in advance.More replies
A past virus must have caused this.The C:\Users folder is not visible in explorer for some reason.I can still visit the contents and the pc works fine,but this is not right.Also, there is a lock on my users/alexandros folder icon.Maybe it has something to do?
Oh,note that i went in and tried to give "users" read and write rights of the users\alexandros folder to see if the lock goes away ,but i saw the processing was taking too much time and also some files had access denied so i quit.I hope i did not mess up6 more replies
I clicked on the Hidden box of Properties for a couple of my folders.
I lost my limited user account folder in the Users folder. How do I get it back?
You mean you hide it? If that what happened, just change the folder view setting to show up the hidden folders.
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
If that isn't what happened, then elaborate the situation much more.
This is my first time posting, but it's a doozy. I built a computer for the first time about a year ago, and was able to get everything up and running just fine. My main hard drive is an SSD, and I used robocopy / symlink to copy my users folder to a different drive with more space, and to create a junction to it from the SSD.
This setup has been fantastic 99.9% of the time - however - Shortly after getting everything working I ran into this problem while installing software and was able to fix it after a week long freak out and lots of obsessive research....but it's happened again (installing the same software) and for the life of me I cannot remember or find any information that I used previously.
I started to install all of my 3D software (I am a 3D Designer and use Maya / 3DS Max, etc.) While installing VRay for Maya, I start getting errors that windows can't connect to my Users folder. I minimize my windows and nothing on my desktop will open. Upon reboot, I am informed that my User Profile Service won't let me login.
Troubleshooting so far:
I used safe mode to login, and of course everything on my desktop was gone. I used system recovery to the most recent date, which allowed me to login, however my desktop / users folder is still missing. I ran a registry fixer and found all kinds of errors, "fixed" them, then I couldn't login again. Recovered again, booted from my windows 7 CD and attempted to move my actual ... Read more
1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy
2. On reading your post - and I did so three times, the first thing that jumped out at me was
I ran a registry fixer and found all kinds of errors, "fixed" them, then I couldn't login again.Click to expand...
You can run most registry fixes on a computer with a clean install of windows and they will find errors.
The problem is 99.9% of the time, they are NOT errors, they are simply errors that the program considers exist.
It is accepted by many people that registry fixes should not be installed and again many of them will sooner or later cause more problems than EVER they solve.
I do appreciate that this is probably NOT what you wanted to read in response, but it would be remiss of me if I did not warn you of the situation.
3. NOW to the actual problem
As far as I know, there is no sure fire way of moving a user profile in its entirety to a different drive, than that which it was originally installed on.
YOU can of course establish a new account and move the personal data from the corrupted user account OR you can move simply the personal data to another location
HOWEVER please see below
By changing the default location of the user profile directories or program data folders to a volume other than the System volume, you will not be able to service your Windows installation. Any updates, fixes, or service packs will fail to be applied to the installation. Microsoft does not recommend that you change the loca... Read more
I followed this guide to change user name and user folder:
It was successfull.
However search is no longer searching my installed apps.
I tried changing all values in registry with old user folder name to new.
I tried to start building index again and make sure there is correct path to start menu programs and user folders
It did not help..
I have Windows 2000 Professional using Fat 32. I have an administrator account and 2 user accounts. One account is in the administrator group and the 2nd account is set up as a user with restricted access.
The account set up as a user with restricted access is able to view my files in "Documents and Settings" as well as all the other users currently set up.
How can I set up this restricted user so that they can only view and have access to ONLY their files and NOT have access to other folders in other user accounts.
I tried using the "MMC" but their was no option available. Since I didn't install using NTFS, there is no security tab in the properties section of the folder. Any assistance would be appreciated, thanks.
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Hey guys, I been trying an looking everywhere for a way to fix this issue without wiping my Virtual Machine and reinstalling. I was able to determine that the issue was caused by IE8 when first opening upon a fresh install and selecting the settings for IE8.
Somehow during this process, IE8 assigns a security risk to my User Files folder on my Desktop. I'm not sure how this even happened as I've done many many installs and have never had this issue.
If anyone could point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!!
Here's a screenshot of what I'm seeing.
First nice desktop, I have the Amalfi Coast on mine
In any event, start with an antivirus scan
Then download and run malewarebytes.
I had set up a drive share over the HomeGroup so that I could access my Laptops drive on my Desktop PC, and I didn't have enough permissions to edit, so I guessed it was a problem with giving other users "Full Permissions" to the Windows and Program Files folders, and so I shared my User folder alone and its contents over the HomeGroup.
This did not fix the permissions problem, even going so far as to remove viewing rights as well as the missing edit rights, and so I attempted to stop sharing the User folder, and revert the sharing setup to how it was before, but I cannot "stop sharing" the folder. Selection of "stop sharing" opens up a dialogue asking if I want to "Stop sharing" or "Change sharing permissions". If I then select "Stop sharing" it opens up a new dialogue claiming it will "Stop sharing" and that the process "may take a few minutes". At some point after this, the dialogue asks if I want to change settings for folders that appear to be inside the /Users/Charlie/AppData, I select change settings, and it resumes. After this, the dialogue closes without any further information. The User folder seems to still think it is sharing, but I cannot access it over the network.
I have attempted to remove the share link by running cmd, and entering "net share Users /delete", as well as deleting all shares in the list, but the Users folder still seems to be set to sharing, even though I... Read more
Help! After a reboot that didn?t work correctly and having to boot in safe mood then regular boot up my desktop, Files and programs available are all not the same.
It looks like I am a different user even though my user account name has not changed.
My Documents is not showing my true documents. I cannot see MS Office Excel, Word, etc? I can see MS Outlook 2013 but it?s asking me to setup when I already did previously.
I can navigate to c:\users\userId and find all my true documents (My Document).
What can be done? Anything?
Hello David mate first try these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 start at point 15 and then do a ckdsk Disk Check
then work through the other stuff
This is my first post, I am looking forward to getting involved with the community here
As the title says, I cannot log into my Windows 8 computer and I get the error message "The user profile service failed the sign in. User profile cannot be loaded"
This appears to be a common problem from the searching around I have done, however none of what I could find addressed my particular issue.
The setup I have on my desktop is a SSD boot drive with Windows and a HDD data drive. When first installing windows I followed this tutorial to move the user folder to the larger data drive. It has been working fine for nearly 2 years.
I purchased an additional SSD with the aim to setup a RAID to increase the capacity of the boot drive (need more programs!). During installation I was doing a bit of debugging work and booted up the computer without the data drive (where my user profile is) and I received the aforementioned error. After shutting down and rebooting with the original setup of drives (Boot drive and data drive) I am still getting the error.
What I can only assume is when attempting to login only using the boot drive it created a temporary user profile that it is now trying to load and is no longer pointing to the data drive even after replacing it.
Hopefully someone will be able to help me out!
Many thanks in advance ,
Windows 8 screwed up my old user account so I had to transfer to a new one. Unfortunately that new one was named after my email address for some reason as I logged on as a microsoft account rather than a local one. Hence in my computer its called users/email_000
This is very annoying.
I've read tutorials on this from other versions of windows ie. here : User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Forums
However it doesn't work for Windows 8. When I try one of the earliest steps (renaming the user folder itself) I cant do it as its 'open in another program' even though that User is not logged on.
Any workarounds? Ive created another admin local user, to no avail.
Thanks for your help!
Hello Chookyman, and welcome to Eight Forums.
The best method to do this is to create a new user account with the name you want, make it an administrator account type or leave as a standard user, sign out, sign in to the new account, then delete the old account.
Hope this helps,
I had moved 'My Pictures' folder away from C: \Users\username\My Pictures when I first set the computer up and I had it in another partitioned drive (E.
For space reason I wanted to move it back to it's original location above and moved the whole folder across to the C: but instead of having it as a folder in the username folder as it should be I merged it in error with the username folder!
The folder is now named My Pictures and has the path C: \Users\My Pictures\ in the registry. I have (hopefully) attached the properties of the folder which shows that there is no location tab. The network path is shown as \\HOME\Users\username.
How do I clean up the folder back to it's standard user folder detail without the merged detail of My Pictures and I guess the easier part is to create a new My Pictures folder and point the registry to it (as per the detail in the top line).
Please help a newbie!
Have you tried a System Restore back to a date prior to doing what you did? That MAY fix it.
System Restore can be accessed from Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools
I tried to completely rename my pc acct, user profile folder, etc; using this thread:
User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name
It didn't work. The 1st time I booted, W-7 had created a new acct with beginning user settings (taskbar programs, desktop, display, etc). I then reversed the changes and logged off. I rebooted and my original desktop and name appeared.
But, I also found an additional entry in C:\Users: a Temp folder with a padlock icon attached.
An instruction I followed in the rename procedures was to reverse any shared folders in C:Users.
For now, I've abandoned the rename & just want to clean up the damage. What should be done with the Temp folder with a padlock icon?
I would not recommend a full rename as shown however you can go in users and rename your profile there. Since programs could still be using the original folder I would leave that be. If you tried to log into the account and you had not changed the registry correctly then Windows would have created that temporary folder. You can take ownership of it and look inside of it to make sure that you don't have data in there but I suspect that you don't. Provided that there isn't anything in there that is vital and your profile is working correctly then you should be able to remove that folder. Take Ownership of file1 more replies
I have had lots of videos on my hdd for some time now building up a collection of car videos/movies. there is roughly 50gb+ of videos on one partition, 17+gb of these vids are car videos. When I go into my car video folder my HDD light comes on and loads like crazy, and then when I try to open one it takes for ages.
Also another problem which mite be related that I have is, Files go missing, eg. a 700mb car movie. the file is still there it shows all the bytes in properties and that is all correct, but when I try to open it says the file has been "compressed" or something along those terms. I know its not the codec, as I have just about every codec and these movies have worked previously. Especially after reformatting my files go missing from each of my back up partition drives. at the moment, 3.77gb of my fighting videos will not open :(
If anyone can help me, i would appreciate it. its really annoying not to be able to use the stuff on your HDD.
hmmm....defrag your hdd and see if that helps. a good defraggin tool is diskeeper and perfect disk. so far i have experiences with diskeeper and it works great and the program is hella fast.
also since you are running winxp, try booting up with your winxp cd. of course and im sure you know this, you will need to change the boot order in the bios to cdrom as first boot device.
then when you boot up with the winxp cd, choose repair in the main console and it will take you to a command prompt screen. type out " chkdsk /r" without the "". also you will need a space between chkdsk and /r.
after it has finish, bootup to windows and see if this fixes your problem. also scan your computer for viruses, spyware, and malware. good luck
I'm using Kolor Autopano Pro, on W8 Pro. In this application there is a 'Select images' control which opens an explorer window to choose the images for a pano.
Often it crashes with an exception c0000374, as follows:
Autopano Pro (Build 12/03/2013 )
Faulting Application Path: C:\Program Files\Kolor\Autopano Pro 3.0\AutopanoPro_x64.exe
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: AutopanoPro_x64.exe
Application Version: 22.214.171.1240
Application Timestamp: 513f04c4
Fault Module Name: StackHash_58b1
Fault Module Version: 6.2.9200.16420
Fault Module Timestamp: 505ab405
Exception Code: c0000374
Exception Offset: PCH_1B_FROM_ntdll+0x0000000000002C2A
OS Version: 6.2.9126.96.36.199.256.48
Locale ID: 2057
Additional Information 1: 58b1
Additional Information 2: 58b107ff772738b9d40473f199a9bbac
Additional Information 3: 398f
Additional Information 4: 398ffb97eb84e25cb020526ceb62d673
Extra information about the problem
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In particular it crashes if I scroll the window rapidly while the thumbnails are still being populated.
If I scroll it one row at a time to the very end, such that all the thumbnails (from DNG, JPG and TIF files) are filled in then I can use the slider to scroll rapidly up and down the window, no problem at all. Cycling through the different ... Read more
Please provide this information so we can provide a complete analysis (even though you're not reporting BSOD's): Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions
Also, Please do the following (preferably immediately after the app crashes - it'll be easier for me to scan):
- open Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc)
- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")
- right click on Administrative Events
- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."
- save the file as Admin.evtx
- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")
- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and post a link here).
I am backing up my Win 7 folder just before moving to WIN 8. The folder is 65G in size. I just copy and paste from my laptop hard drive to my external USB drive. I started the copying just before I went to bed last night. This morning I saw a pop up windows saying that 12 files cannot be copied because the path is too long. The option is "skip' or 'Cancel'. I took the skip option and the copy job completed. But it does not tell me the name of the 12 files that I skipped.
Now my problem is how do I found out which 12 files are missing in my backup.
I know that I can do the copy paste again and watch out for the error message. But it is a waste of time sitting in front of the screen. That was why I do it over night.
What is the best way to do this kind of work other than using some backup software.
I have been using Windows XP Version 2002 Service Pack 3 for a while with few problems, and run Norton 360 which I continually make sure is up to date with no warnings.
The problem that I have been having is that I have twice now found that my C: drive, which has 144 GB of hard drive space, keeps filling up when just a few months ago I checked it and it was less than half full. I downloaded a free program which shows me the folder sizes in Windows Explorer, and found that the cause of the drive filling up were these huge log files in my kids' "My Documents folders". There were many such files, but for example, there was one called CAGC0bd49d6c000a072e.log which was over 18 GB in size. I just simply delete them and empty my recycle bin, but they seem to keep reoccurring.
I am curious what they are, why they are so big, are they dangerous, and can they be prevented?
Thanks so much for any help!!
If you scan with AV and AM and they show nothing, open a few and see what's in them.3 more replies
I did google a few times but couldn't find a way to solve. I'm using Windows 7 pro x64 (I think I upgraded from windows 7 home edition). I had same problem last week but while I was cleaning out some stuff windows was updated so I had to restart....and then there suddenly was 17 gbs free space. But ever since last update my HDD is down to attachments.
I'm on laptop with followings:
ASUS N61JQ-X1 16-Inch Laptop
1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Quad-Core Processor
Windows 7 Home Premium
I'm using TuneUp Utilities 2011 (luckily the new guys who took over and messed up TuneUp stuff decided not to mess with anything before 2012 version) with Avast. As you guys can see from my attachments, Windows folder and System Volume Information alone are taking 50+ Gbs. I'm also wondering if I need all these crabs with amd64-microsoft-naturallanguages-blahblahblah? I have 84000 files of these craps. I do keep it hibernation which is about 3gbs. I moved system restore point to external HDD so no back up whatsoever in C drive, all games except few, which are located in D drive, are located in external HDD.
Is there any way I can possibly clean up from windows and system volume information without harming my computer? btw, I didn't do a single format ever since I bought this computer because it still runs smoothly. The only thing that's bothering me right now is C drive space, and I don't want to format because I'm going to grab a new machine for programming at th... Read more
Note: I see you moved System Restore to another drive, no idea how that affects the following! Follow it regardless.
Please read https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=162041.0
Also check https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=166697.0
Avast sets System Restore disk usage % to 50.
You can try:
- go to control panel-> programs and features -> Avast -> change
- remove the component NG (down below).
- change % back to 10% (windows default) or whatever you like it
- check if % is what you set
- check restore points (seems this NG delete old restore points when run out of space)
- manually create a restore point if there are none
- open command prompt ->vssadmin list shadowstorage
- see how much space it takes.
You can also try uninstalling Grimefighter if above won't solve your problem.
For Windows folder:
Did you run Disk Cleanup yet?
HELP! I've accidentally moved my Documents Folder into my user profile folder by mistake and now i have a mess. basically I now have a folder that goes something like this: c:\users\documents\ and it contains a duplicate of everything that was already in the desktop\username\documents folder except now I can't rename or delete my user profile folders...ad I don't have a restore point to go back to what can I do? any help would be very much appreciated please!! Thanks!!
You could try to open another user account. I think that would be a possible way to solve your problem.9 more replies
So I was trying to remap my User folders (e.g. Documents, Pictures) to a different drive by changing the location. What I accidentally managed to do is (I think) migrate my Contacts folder with my User folder. Now, when I go into C>Users, instead of my name, I see the actual Contacts folder. When I go into it, it has all my user folders, but I can't rename it and I don't know how to get it back to normal. I was having trouble restoring the contacts folder with the rest of my user folders but I managed to do that. Now I have... two Contacts folders? One is in with the rest of my user folders, the other IS my User folder. Please help me fix this mistake.
See if this helps, User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums. I've accidentally messed them up myself by clicking the wrong folder. Restoring defaults fixed it for me. The tricky part is whether to move the contents back or not. I'm think you shouldn't, at least not automatically anyway.5 more replies
I turned my computer on after work and found that it seemed like everything had been deleted, as in I had no installed programmes anymore and my documents, pictures and videos libraries were empty. Also that I had no record of my email anymore.. So I had a look and found this new user folder (Dan.Dan-PC) which was created in my users folder.
My old user (Dan) is still there which has all my old information and library structure there but it is not being showed anymore. It is some virus which is loading these new libraries on startup!! Please help me!!!
I did a scan with AVG and got this:
You might try the procedure's listed in the guide. This system seems to be pretty far gone. Interesting virus, a swing and a miss for AVG.
How to easily clean an infected computer (Malware Removal Guide)
Having an extra drive with a recent system image + system restore procedure using DVD is the best method for fixing these problems.
Of course these days you need to keep that extra drive unplugged if you really want to keep it safe.
You might want to try the security section of the forum for more help.
...tor folder, and public folder?
I only need one! I want the Administrator folder as my main folder.
The libraries folder has nothing from my Administrator folder, the Public folder is redundant and useless, and my user folder is empty.
I want my Administrator folder to be my libraries folder (systeam folder).
Why is my Administrator folder in the Network submenu?
I did enable the Windows 7 Administrator account, switched, and deleted the user account I was forced to create when first running my laptop.
If you right click in the navigation pane and select Show all folders thia should give you what you need2 more replies
System: HP w/ AMD 800 processor, 30G (24G free), 192M ram
Office 2000 Word - I have a folder (BigFolder) in My Documents that contains about 4000 subfolders. When I "save as" with BigFolder as the "save in:" it takes 30 - 60 seconds to bring up the list of subfolders. This just recently slowed down like this - it used to take 5 - 10 seconds. I have scanned and defragged. Will more memory speed this up? Any other ideas? I am currently saving into a "work" folder, then later moving the "work" subfolders into BigFolder.
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I'm sharing a folder on a Windows XP computer with 15,000 sub-folders/files over a small network. This folder used to be hosted in Windows Server 2003 machine. But after I made the switch to XP, accessing the shared folder over the network takes over 1 minute for the files to list.
Does anyone know what might be causing this slow performance? And is it related to the XP operating system?
Any tips and advice will be greatly appreciated.
if you are using sp2 or 3 i believe this problem could be caused by a tcp connection limit have a look at this
I have 5 computers which are serially named. I recently decided to do the same with my primary user names on each computer. So, I went through and did some renaming. I found I had problem when I could not log on using remote desktop because my credentials were not accepted due to user name conflict. I eventually got this sorted out on most of the computers by changing names back, but now I have one left where the user account name I want to use is different than the folder name that is associated with that user. I would like to get everything back in sync. I've read a number of discussions about how to do this, but I'm not sure of the best approach. I have several options:
1. Change the user name to agree with the folder name.
2. Change the folder name to agree with the user name.
3. Create a new user name and copy the files from the existing user folder to the new user folder.
4. Reinstall Windows taking care to get the names the way I want.
My impression is that 2 is problematic. If so, which of the others might be the best choice? I also be interested in hearing why this long standing problem has not been fixed, if anyone knows.
The actual C:\users\(your user name) is set when you first create the account. After that if you change the username its displayed almost everywhere as the one you changed it to but the original folder name won't change. I'm sure there is a reason for that but I don't know what it is. Probably because there are so many references to it in the registry etc that changing it in every location without breaking something would be problematic. Installed programs may reference it to so you'd end up with programs that wouldn't work after renaming the actual folder. for that reasone I wouldn't be all that keen to try option 2. I'd go with 3 or 4, probably in that order.6 more replies
I've got a hand-me-down laptop that I inherited from my dad (IBM Thinkpad 600X), which is running Windows XP Home Edition.
I never cease to be amazed at what sort of weird configurations my dad managed to get in place, or how much time it takes to undo some of these configurations now that the laptop has been handed down. Sometimes it almost reminds me of the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
I've noted that under Task Manager, somehow my dad got the User Name under the Processes tab, which usually displays USER, to somehow display his name (let just say for right now it's displaying Icabod). How do I reconfigure that setting to just display USER. Although I'm not using the suspect laptop right now, I think that he managed to rename the USER folder under Documents and Setting directory to Icabod, and that's why it shows up under the User Name on the Task Manager. This change apparently has nothing to do with the Computer Name or Computer Description Name or Workgroup Name.
How do I change that back to just say USER, or whatever the default setting is? I tried to change the USER folder name on my own laptop, and Window rejected my attempt to do that, with some message that the USER folder name was a system requirement.
(signed) Washington Irving
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I need to split a folder containing several levels of subfolders into dvdr sizes for backup. I would like to retain not only the folder name but subfolders names.
Ex. C:\Pictures\Summer is 7gb and i would like to split it into C:\folder1\pictures\summer and C:\folder2\my pictures\summer
Any one know of a util? RAR/ZIP is an option but I would really like viewable access to the files on any disc.
The folder I need to split is quite large 70GB.
Your talking about 16+ DVDs for that one file. The odds of one of them being bad is quite high.
Why not backup to an external hard drive instead?
Also, most burner software will do this for you automatically. I know Roxio will for sure. It will put as much as it can on each DVD then prompt you for a new one when that is done.
I'm having problems when I try to customize my folder icons on VISTA. The icons I usually make is 256x256 px size and when I apply it to my desired folders, the size of the icons is always 32x32 px. When I try to appear it on large icons view, it's still on 32x32 px. It's so frustrating.
This is similar to a post I made several days ago that only got one response, but this time I've really narrowed it down.
My computer has a problem specifically with the combination of the NTFS file format and JPG Files. I used to have my drives formatted as FAT32. I never had a problem going into Windows Explorer and expanding a folder full of JPG files. Even a really large folder, like 15Gb, would open instantly.
However, I recently converted all my drives to NTFS. Now any folder with over about 2Gb of JPG Files in it takes for bloody ever to expand! The bigger the folder, the longer it takes. For example, a 5Gb folder will take about 30 seconds. A 20Gb folder will take upwards of 2 minutes. It drives me crazy!
It's as if something in my computer related to the NTFS format is trying to catalog or make thumbnails out of all the JPG's in a folder before it expands that folder. However, I can't really support the "thumbnail" theory because all of my folders are set to be viewed in the "details" mode. I don't use thumbnails, icons, or mini-icons.
Any and all suggestions are welcome because I've been struggling with this for several days now and tried every trick I know.
Here are two items that might shed some light on how to fix the problem:
1. Once a large jpeg folder has been expanded (oh so slowly) in Windows Explorer for the first time, it will open instantly any time I come back to it as long as I don't turn off the computer. But once I restart the computer, I have to wait a long time all over again for any of the large folders to expand.
2. I just discovered by accident that if I use the "search" function before expanding any of the folders in Windows Explorer, all of the folders will expand instantly no matter what they contain or how big they are.
This seems to be telling me that once the operating system has "touched" each folder and file one time, it remembers them better then next time (until I reboot). I wonder if all of the folder/file information is getting dumped into RAM the first time it's expanded or searched? It seems like maybe this is an NTFS related cache issue. I have 2Gb of RAM, so I've experimented with turning off the page file (virtual memory), but it doesn't seem to make any difference whether it's off or on. There must be some other file caching system in NTFS that I'm not familiar with.
I recently made a folder to share with an XP machine. When I look at the network through my seven machine I see the folder I shared and the USERS folder shared as well. Why is that?
I have the network setup at a home network. 7100 32 bit.
I believe vista did this as well. So Windows 7 doesnt' work any differently from Vista in this regards.6 more replies
I don't mean in the navigation pane or menus, I mean the folder itself in c:\users\username which refuses to stay deleted.
Is there a way to get rid of it FOREVER?
Can I ask a question why do you want to get rid of it that is where your favourite programs are kept that why it keeps coming back it is part of windows its self2 more replies
I just did a clean install of W7, installed MS Security Essentials and moved Favorites folder to a data drive.
I have just found that a lot of folders including AppData folder are missing from my user folder.
What could be wrong?
Nothing is wrong they are just hidden. If you go to Organize - folder and search options - View4 more replies
Vista Business Admin Username = "BOB" on an updated, freshly installed 32-bit PC.
I partition my hard drive into a system "c:" and a data partition "Z:". I moved my music, pictures, and videos folder from the user "BOB" folder located on c: to my data partition "z:" by the right-clicking > properties > location method.
The c: drive has no extra room for any more data while the z: drive has plenty.
But when I try to move a large music library folder from my passport to the music folder on z:, I get a "There is not enough space on BOB. You need an additional 2gb to copy these files" message.
Things I have DONE:
I have tried this with all 3 folders that I have moved to the z: drive. No difference
I checked both the explorer bar and the location tab in the properties dialog and they both show that the folder is in the right location "z:"
I have tried changing the ownership of z: (and all of its subfolders) from SYSTEM to "BOB" and redoing the folder movement again via properties>location method but no change.
The only way I can move the large files to z:/music is by clicking
computers > z:> music. Clicking on start menu>BOB>music will not work.
The PC is thinking that the MUSIC folder is in the c: drive only when moving files to the MUSIC folder. Moving small files to MUSIC is okay since the c: drive has enough space. But of course, the files when done moving... Read more