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Accidentally deleted a folder in Windows 7 and now restored folder files are script

Q: Accidentally deleted a folder in Windows 7 and now restored folder files are script

I accidentally deleted my RECIPE FOLDER containing several categories of recipes with several files in each folder. I could not find my deleted files in MY Recycle Bin so I recovered my RECIPE FOLDER by restoring my system to an earlier date. Now that I have recovered My RECIPE FOLDER, all my files are now script and cannot be read. These are recipes that I have been collecting for over 8 years. It's a treasure to me. How do I return these script files to normal. My folder was stored on an HP Pavilion Laptop using Windows 7.
Thanks to any helpers on this forum who can assist me.....Carlyle

A: Accidentally deleted a folder in Windows 7 and now restored folder files are script

could you attach an example of one of these files to a post so we can have a look and see whats happened to them for you?

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I recently sent my laptop to HP for a fan repair and before I sent it off I accidentally deleted my Downloads folder and then cleared out my recycling bin. Well, I got my laptop back today and went to download a few files. After doing so, I realized that I can't find those downloaded files.

I have no idea where those files went. They were .rar and ZIP files and I can't seem to locate them. Does anybody know how I can find those downloaded files (where they might have ended up with the Downloads folder gone) and how I can restore my Downloads folder?


A:Accidentally deleted Downloads Folder, can't find new downloaded files

Have you looked in C:\Downloads ?

Also, look here User Folders - Restore Default Location

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I accidentally deleted a folder containing my music. This folder is separate from the actual "My Music" folder. Is there any way of restoring it?

A:Accidentally deleted a folder

Try with free Recuva at first.

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So I have an ipod touch 4, and on my old computer the apps I downloaded were saved in one spot. Then, when I got my new computer, newer apps started saving in a new spot, and whenever an app was updated, it would be moved to the new folder.

I had assumed that all of my apps that I was still using had either been updated, or that just using them would lead to them being moved to the new folder, and so deleted the old folder, but I am now aware that that is not the case and some of my apps are no longer present on my computer.

Fortunately I have all of my apps backed up on my external hard drive, even those ones, though I'm worried that those ones may not be the most recent versions, and that in the case of some of my games the save files may be significantly far behind.

Oddly enough, the apps still appear in my itunes folder fine, other than that they have an exclamation point next to them and when I click "get info" they can't be found, but they still appear on my ipod and work fine and have the most recent saves, despite having synced my ipod to my computer multiple times since then.

Does anyone know what is going on and how I might fix this before I somehow end up losing the saves on these games?

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Vista Home Premium - IE7 - nothing recently installed - zero problems generally

Hi ..

In a few quiet minutes I thought I would do some housekeeping, and with a way-long list of Favourites in the Fav/Hist pane I started going through the single-links first that are under the sub-folders I keep most links organised in.

Unfortunately I highlighted one of these sub-folders in error as I hit delete, and realised it just as it vanished from that pane taking possibly 100 links with it!

I checked in the Favs folder C:\Users\username\favorites as I was deleting those first few indirectly from the Favs pane, but of course the deleted folder was - still deleted!

I thought it might be in the recycle bin but it wasn't, then I used system restore thinking that might recreate my Favs list too but on restart it was still the same.

I ran an undelete which came up with 40,000 files (!) in a tree structure, but that tree did not include the Favorites folder so presumably nothing was found relating to that location ... but as I deleted about 10 individual links plus this folder I had expected the undelete prog to find at least a couple of those, so I am wondering if there is still a chance but I am simply not expert enough to interpret this?

Or alternatively perhaps IE additionally records/registers favorites elsewhere anyway perhaps, whether as a backup or simply *because*, from where I might be able to recreate the missing folder?

If someone with more knowledge than I h... Read more

A:Accidentally deleted a Favorites sub-folder

was vista an upgrade? if so, you may have a folder called windows.old (or something similar). If so, you may be able to navigate to your favorites folder there, then move it.

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I accidentally deleted my work folder and then absentmindedly click empty instead of recover in the recycle bin. Tried to use Recuva to regain the files but only got a handful of them.

Any tips?

A:Accidentally deleted a work folder

Try ReclaiMe, it should restore most if not all of the files. (Hopefully)

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i have accidentally deleted the 'temp' folder in my laptop while clearing up my files. the full path of the folder is C:\Windows\Temp

now a lot of programmes cannot run properly eg. Windows Live Messenger(Contacts gone), McAfee, and the Windows Sidebar.

is there any way to solve this problem?

A:Accidentally deleted 'temp' folder

Just create C:\Windows\Temp like any other folder + restart.Next time remove only includes but this folder you have to leave

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I do a little video editing on the side just for fun, so I have a lot of video files scatter around my pc. A few days ago I decided to clean up some space for my computer. I think I deleted the wrong files which contains video and audio files that I still need for my video editing. The files are not just in the recycle bin, they are deleted from the recycle bin. I always heard that things are never deleted from pc's memory, is there anyway I can get my files back?

btw, my pc is windows xp.


A:I accidentally deleted a folder, could I get it back?

There is software that may recover deleted files. Look here

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On, I accidentally deleted my Junk Email folder. Now it appears under Deleted Items, it still handles junk correctly but I can't seem to move it back where it belongs. Anyone know the solution? TIA

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Ok, so my idiot brother thinks he's a computer bada** and done things fast(like using keyboard shortcuts, fast mouse movements, etc). Then due to his idiocy, he accidentally deleted my libraries folder(that was default on windows 7) on the taskbar. I tried typing libraries in the start menu and tried to pin it to the taskbar, but there wasn't any option to pin it to the taskbar(only pin to win explorer). How can I pin it back? Any help would be appreciated.

A:Accidentally deleted a libraries folder

Open up Computer from either your desktop or your start menu.On the left side of the page, click on and open Libraries. The Libraries icon will appear in your task bar.RIGHT click the icon. Choose Pin this program to taskbar. Problem solved.

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I accidentally deleted the Desktop folder from my XP Pro PC. This seems to have no effect on operation or appearance, even after rebooting, but the folder does not show up in Windows Explorer or PowerDesk except for an instant when I open either program. No sign of it in Recycle Bin.

How do i get it back? Do I even need to, if all else seems well?

I tried System Restore, but no go. It shows restore points set yesterday, but won't restore to the latest of these (the only one I've tried), shows no other boldfaced dates this month, and won't scroll back to earlier months

A:Accidentally deleted desktop folder

You can just create a new folder called Desktop and put it in C:\Documents and Settings\username.

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Revo uninstaller accidentally deleted my documents folder when I was uninstalling this program. I had to use restore defaults from the start menu/documents properties because I couldn't access any folders without it. I tried accessing my documents but everything that was in my documents folder is deleted.

A:Accidentally deleted my documents folder.

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i use microsoft vista and because i had a virus, i deleted the whole temp folder. i didnt open it and delete the contet. i just right clicked and deleted. Now some stuff wont work and i dont know what to do.. please help, im scared

A:accidentally deleted whole temp folder

Make a new folder (right click, point to New, click Folder) named Temp to replace the one you deleted.

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I have a good friends Dell computer running Windows 7 and 8G PNY flash drive. She accidentally deleted an entire folder from her flash drive that had her entire semester of MBA class work. Not realizing that she deleted the folder off her flash drive she emptied her trash bin on her computer. The Folder contained two other folders and inside one folder was all her word documents and powerpoint presentations and the other folder contained all her excel files and class assignments. I have tried running a recovery program (Search & Recover - Recovered Erased Files by iolo tech) on the flash drive and the hard drive but have not gotten any results. Any suggestions??

A:Accidentally deleted a folder and emptied trash

I don't know if this will work but try this:

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Hi, as stated on the topic, I did a very very dumb thing. I got infected with malware that just created fake folders. Got rid of the malware, but the fake folders remained. they were locked so they were a pain to get rid off. I didn't know it was the real documents and settings and not a fake one. I didn't realize it till I cleared the recycle bin and it showed an unusually large number of items being deleted. too late by then. 
None of my programs are showing any issues for now.. so any way I can get it back? I realize they call it a junction or some sort? System restore doesn't work for permanently deleted files.. If I leave it as is, how badly is it gonna mess things up? 

A:accidentally deleted Documents and settings folder

Among other recovery software/options might try Recuva .

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About 4 minutes ago, I was trying to clean out my recent documents for Excel and Word. I think I was moving to fast, and I accidentlly deleted the whole File MRU folder from the path below. Is this a big deal, and if so, how do I fix this? I haven't closed the regedit window or done anything else in it since my little oopsie in hopes I can somehow undo something..



A:Solved: Accidentally deleted Regedit folder! Is this bad?

oh... it fixes itself.

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Ok, so my idiot brother thinks he's a computer bada** and done things fast(like using keyboard shortcuts, fast mouse movements, etc). Then due to his idiocy, he accidentally deleted my libraries folder(that was default on windows 7) on the taskbar. I tried typing libraries in the start menu and tried to pin it to the taskbar, but there wasn't any option to pin it to the taskbar(only pin to win explorer). How can I pin it back? Any help would be appreciated.

A:Accidentally deleted the libraries folder on taskbar.

1) Start Menu/All Programs/Accessories
2) Right click on Explorer
3) Choose 'Pin to Taskbar'

Once pinned, click on it. It should open to Libraries.

If all else fails, do a System Restore pre-dating the problem.


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I accidentally deleted a very important folder using the trick, shift + delete. Is there any way to get it back?


please respond ASAP!!!

A:Quick!!! I accidentally deleted a folder using Shift + delete!!! Help!!!

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I created an Archive folder for my important emails. But accidentally deleted it. Are my emails gone forever? They're not in my deleted email folder

A:Oops! Accidentally deleted my Archive email folder in WLM

You can get them back with back up and restore
Restore Backup User and System Files

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How to recreate a GroupPolicy folder again coz i deleted accidentally when i was doing something else located in D:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy?

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I then moved the 4 files to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\   and have restarted several times. I can send automatic messages from account settings to my cell phone but still can not send or receive email messages with error messages data file can not be accessed.
Should I delete the pst files, add new profiles and import the PST files? Will I be able to save my emails?

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Hi there : )

My mom wanted to remove windows live messenger but she couldnt see it on her add/remove list, so she went and deleted the entire windows live folder from the Program Files (x86) I am trying to reinstall windows live essentials with no luck. The first time i tryed it said it was already installed but didnt show up on the add and remove list.

I used Ccleaner and then tryed again this time i revieved an error: 8007007e. We tried system restore to earliest date available but it is still the same

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated ty : )

A:Win7-deleted Windows Live folder from Program Files(x86) How 2 Replace

Go into Control Panel>Programs>Uninstall a Program and highlight Windows Live Essentials then choose Repair All Windows Live Programs.

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Nethood is inaccessible so how can I delete the files i accidentally moved to this stupid folder?

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How can I change Outlook so that all my deleted files are deleted rather than being sent into the "Deleted" folder?

There must be a way?

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I use the word missing because it seems like this stuff still exists somewhere on my PC, I just can't see or find it...

I was trying to do a bit of cleaning with a malware cleaner...I noticed a lot of stuff it was finding as in a folder I didn't recognize, so I deleted it. Bad idea. I'm kind of embarrassed I did that, you'd think using Windows since 98 would have made me a little smarter but I guess not.

It seems like I somehow deleted the "Users" folder under the "This PC" dropdown on the left of Windows Explorer.

This has caused all my files to disappear from my Desktop, Documents folder, Downloads folder, Music folder, etc...

However, they seem to still be on my computer somewhere, as when I, say, open Excel and try to open recent files, or open my Media Player to play music, I can. In those applications, I can even see the paths to the files. However, that path doesn't seem to exist when I try to find it in Windows Explorer - and I can't find them via searching the C drive either!

My mind is boggled on this one...any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Accidentally Deleted "Users" Folder...everything missing

Which malware cleaner did you use?
Did you delete it using that program? If so, it may be in a vault of that program. Allowing you to restore what you deleted; unless you opted to completely delete without placing files in the vault.

If you know the name of a document, song or picture, go to start screen and start typing the name until it is displayed.
Right click it & choose 'Open File Location'

This has caused all my files to disappear from my Desktop, Documents folder, Downloads folder, Music folder, etc...

Sometimes we forget things we know so well when things aren't working right. Have you tried right clicking your desktop, View and Show desktop icons ?

I hope you have had it working long before now. Good luck.

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Hi, I'm trying to find help in entering paths and prefix's in my vb script.
I am of course a newbie to visual basic and don't know where to enter the path and wording for prefix.
Any help would be most appreciated.

A:VB script: Rename all files in a folder to a specified prefix

You're not supposed to enter those in the script, but instead set as parameters to the file when you execute it. Example:

rename.vbs c:\somepath somePrefix

use " around the path if it contains spaces, example "c:\some folder"

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So I installed Windows 7 RC 7100 from a dvd with Vista present, choosing what I assumed was the clean install option. The installation rounded up the old windows and put it in a folder called windows.old. I got what I needed out of there, and deleted the windows.old folder and stuff got deleted, except the windows.old folder and some remaining sub-folders. There are two files way down in the last folder that won't be deleted. Windows 7 claims they are not there, so they cannot be renamed and cannot be compressed. Plus they have 0 bytes. These files are labeled in what looks like real Coptic script. These files can be moved and the folders that contain them too. Windows 7 will not delete them, saying that they are not where they are anymore.

I figure that when I deleted the windows.old folder, something went wrong and now Windows 7 shows them to be there, but also thinks they are not there - weird that it has enough to think they are there but not enough to think it can delete them.

Anyway, how can I get rid of whatever is there?

A:Folder and its files can't be deleted.

I don't think there is anything you can do to get rid of them besides a format. I've had something like that for over a year on one of my disks that is 400 GB full and I have no place to move the stuff temp away to fix it. I tried a little looking for ways, like software or commands, but nothing deleted the files.

Here's mine.

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I need to figure out a Windows 7 script to copy/archive files which are located in a specific folder. It needs to copy daily to an archive folder, with the script creating the archive folder as MM-DD-YY (being that day's date that is being archived) before it archives the files to that folder. The script will run at 9:00 pm every night, the time all work ceases.

If anyone could help me with this script, I would appreciate it.

A:How to script a daily copy of files w/dt being name of archive folder

If the archive was going to be D:\MyArchives and the source was C:\Users\youruserid\SomeFolder:

for /f "delims=" %%a in ('wmic OS Get localdatetime ^| find "."') do set "dt=%%a"
set "YYYY=%dt:~0,4%"
set "MM=%dt:~4,2%"
set "DD=%dt:~6,2%"

set datestamp=%MM%-%DD%-%YYYY%
echo datestamp: "%datestamp%"

md D:\MyArchives\%datestamp%
xcopy C:\Users\youruserid\SomeFolder\*.* D:\MyArchives\%datestamp%\ /s/h/r/i/k/e/y

Enter xcopy /? from a Command Prompt to see what the parameters mean.

Above found in a post by foxidrive here: Format date in Windows 7 batch job - Stack Overflow

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On several of the computers at work, I am running out of hard disk space. The culprit seems to be the Temp folders in Local Settings. Some of these computers may have up to 50 user profiles.
I'd like to be able to delete the files in the C:\Documents and Settings\xxx\Local Settings\Temp folder on an XP machine, where xxx is the user name. I was hoping to use wildcards to target the user as all of the users that I am concerned with have a similar beginning (same numbers)to their user name
If possible I'd like to run a batch file on startup or shut down instead of pushing out a script on a routine basis. I was also worried about erroring out if the folder did not exist for a particular user. I believe I would need to unhide the folder as well.


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User came in with a receiving email issue and to make a long story short I found that his inbox and all subfolders including sent, junk ect. are subfolders of the trash folder.(deleted Items) I tried to back up, clean(glary utils) and reinstall but the backup reordered the folders the way they were. I will uninstall again and hand build the folders and subs if need be but I was hoping someone here might know a fix before I spend 2 or more hours creating and moving from imported folders (home based company with 33000+ emails)

Any ideas appreciated.

Also noteworthy is that Norton failed after the hearbleed patch and had to be completely removed and reinstalled. the reinstallation of Norton was AFTER trying to repair Outlook.


A:Outlook 2007 inbox has become sub folder of deleted items folder

decided to manually import folders. customer needed machine back asap. oh well, thanks anyway

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My google chrome was hanging.So googled around and when i wanted to deleted the temp folder contents i deleted the contents of the local folder.It deleted some 1.3 gb of data.Is it a must to always to delete the contents of this folder or is it okay if i leave it alone.Because there was some contents of 1.3 gb of data.will it affect the way windows operates?

Also please tell me how to keep the system running properly and also to remove the junk from my system
which tools to use and which folders should i look into make my system running faster.
help would be appreciated.

A:deleted the files in %appdata% folder!

Use ccleaner from Piriform to deal with junk files.

You deleted the contents of your C:\Users\Your User\AppData\Local folder? You might have to reinstall some programs if things start to go wrong.

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Hello! I'm not anything near a computer expert, so sorry for the non-technical explanation:

I was having some problems with my desktop -- multiple duplicate folders were somehow created (green folders and yellow folders) and, for example, if I'd click to download a file to the desktop, it would not end up on the desktop itself but in one of these other folders. Anyhow, I deleted one of the green duplicate folders, but that ended up deleting everything -all the files on the desktop and in the desktop folders. So I clicked "Undo Delete" but the files did not reappear. I also checked the recycle bin but the Desktop folder and files therein that I had deleted were not there.

I tried typing in "shell:desktop" and restarting, but that didn't help.

However, if I click "Search," the files that were lost show up! But if I click on a file to open it, it will not open. So, for example, if I click on an MSWord file, I get the message:

The document or path name is not valid.
Try one or more of the following:
* Check the path to make sure it was correctly typed.
* On the File menu, click Open. Search for the file using this dialog box.
The files say they are located in the folder Desktop (C:\Users\Amy\Desktop\Desktop) or some other name of a folder I had on the desktop.

However, if I plug this path (C:\Users\Amy\Desktop\Desktop) into the little box at the bottom of the Start Menu, what comes up is my current desktop, not the desktop fil... Read more

A:Deleted desktop folder & files

Lets try a system restore to start. Pick a date before you started having problems.
System Restore - How to

If restore does not help, try the suggestions in this fine tutorial
Personal User Folder - Restore Missing Folder

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So apparently I bungled. Upon receiving my new computer, I noticed that there were 2 program files folders. After installing a few programs, I noticed they were all going to X86 folder, so I thought this was an install error on the shipping companies part, and deleted the unnumbered program files folder. Is there a way to fix my messup... will it affect performance, and anything else anyone could inform me that I Fubar'ed up?

A:Deleted 64 bit program files folder

Your problem can probably be corrected with a simple system restore.
System Restore
Go back a few days before the problem

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Thank you for taking the time to read my query.
I just restored a bkf file and the restored folder is smaller than the original bkf file. I need to delete the bkf file which is 12 GB but don't want to until I am sure all the files were restored.
I would like to figure out which files were not restored.
Is there any way to figure out which files are missing. After I restored the files, the report says that hardlinks could not be transferred but does not the size of them. The bkf file size is 33,754,314 bytes larger than the restored file,but the bkf file "size on disk"is 19, 099,648 bytes smaller than the restored folder!!!
When I left click on the bkf file and select properties it does not tell me how many files are in the bkf file only the bytes.

Is there any freeware/program that will tell me the number of files in the bkf properties dialogue box? Or even better let me look at the size and number of files in the three main folders I backed up.? I can not access/explore the bkf file only restore it. That would solve my problem. My backup tree is C:sharedhardlinkdata>beth>documents and settings>beth> and then 3 folders underneath
Thank you

A:bkf files:restored folder's size differs from size of bkf file

Try this



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Okay I'll explain what happened.
I have two drives okay, an SSD for the OS and a HDD for everything else. I have moved everything that isn't needed on the SSD to the HDD.
Now, I created a users folder on the HDD, to hold all the Desktop and Download folders and such so they don't clog up the SSD.

However, in one particular case I had to have my My Documents folder on the SSD.
So I attempted to move it back on the users folder that was on the SSD, but the My Documents folder completely replaced my User folder on the SSD (which was Michael). So then I had a users folder named My Documents instead of Michael. I managed to SOMEHOW move a folder that was supposedly My Documents back over to the HDD, but all my things still get redirected to the users folder on the SSD that was replaced by my Documents.

My question is, how to I restore my original My Documents folder (or create a new one...?) and stop things getting redirected to the users folder?

Sorry for the long text, hope it wasn't too much.

Fast and detailed help would be greatly appreciated

A:Accidentally lost My Documents folder on Windows 7

Give this tutorial a look and see if that solves your problem.
User Folders - Change Default Location Let us know.

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I accidently drag a folder form my D drive, picture folder to the desktop. However, this folder that was created on the desktop appear to be empty.
I have try deleting it from the desktop but the folder happen to reappear everytime after the computer is put to sleep/ re-on the next time.

I have tried using commard prompt but it didn't work out.

But my programs are working fine


A:deleted files/ folder reappearing on desktop

Hello quekwei and welcome to the forums

Download and install Unlocker:

Download Unlocker 1.9.1 -

The try and delete the file with this. Let us know how this goes!


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I understand that all files in a temporary folder with extension .tmp can be safely deleted (the system will recreate them if necessary)
But about files in a temporary folder with other extensions like .exe, ini, inf etc?

A:Which files in a temporary folder cannot be safely deleted?

Yes, you can delete all temp files.  Try Temp File Cleaner, you'll like it.

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I was infected by Ransom Virus few weeks ago but i cleaned it. It is possible that I was infected by some other viruses during that time. But currently my system is clean as per SuperAntiVirus, Hitman Pro, McAfee, ActiveScan from Panda and many other virus scanners/tools including Rogue Killer, TDSS Killer etc.
Unfortunately, when I right click on a file or a folder on desktop or in Explorer, I receive the following error msg.
There was a problem starting
A dynamic link library (DLL) initialization routine failed.
and context menu opens.
I believe that his is a remnant of a virus. Interestingly, right click on Desktop or sys folder like Libraries or Computer does not produce the error.
Earlier Hitman Pro had detected wow.dll as a trojan in Windows\Temp\sbsbprt folder (not in path mentioned in error msg) . When i tried to see in Temp folder, i could not see sbsbprt folder or wow.dll. I restarted in safe mode and shredded Temp folder with McAfee and then Hitman could not find wow.dll anymore.
I think that a virus changed Right Click functionality (like in a game where right click fires secondary weapon) by running a script/exe. I cannot find any help to reconfigure right click to its normal behaviour.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
PS: HijackThis log file is attached herewith.

A:Right click on files and folder runs a script/exe and then opens context menu

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.
I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.

If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.

Search and delete the AdWare, PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) installed on your computer.

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.
Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click on Delete tab follow the prompts.A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleaner[Rn].txt (n is a number).

Please download
Junkware Removal Tool to your Desktop.
Please close your security software to avoid potential conflicts.Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or 7, right-mouse click it and select Run as administrator.The tool will open and start scanning your system.Please be patient as this can take a while to complete, depending on your system's specifications.On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your Desktop and will automatically open.Please post the contents of JRT.txt into your reply.

Please download ComboFix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop. For information regarding this download, please visit this web page:
Link 1
Link 2

IMPORTANT !!! Save Com... Read more

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A:In Windows Explorer I accidentally got a number of items in the folder.

Can't you just delete them? Maybe I do not fully understand your question. Can you be a little more detailed and specific please.

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Hi All

ive spend a LONG time seaching the net trying to find a solution to this odd problem which im surprised can and did actually happen.

Basically i had the My Documents folder as a sharing file on my old network. After joining a new network when i moved i tried to remove the folder from My Sharing folder but seem to have deleted the actual My Documents folder and all the files contained within it.

As such all my photos and files are now removed/deleted or misplaced the within windows XP. My hard drive is still showing as having the same amount of free space as it did prior to me deleting my documents so im thinking that perhaps the files that were previously within my documents folder have been lost or moved somewhere? ive checked obvious places like Recycle Bin but cant locate them anywhere even via the Search function for all files.

FYI There is one account on the laptop which is password protected that i use to log in, its an admin account so should have full access to everything.

When i go in trying to locate the folder from My computer as per the below this is the message i get. Its the same from every shortcut to My Documents too.

'C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents is not accessible
Access Denied'

ive run Chkdsk and tried a number of other things but would really appreciate any suggestions as im now on the verge of accepting that ive lost all my photos (2 most recent sets werent backed up - im stupid i know!) and need to do a fresh insta... Read more

A:Deleted My Documents folder in error & need to recover it or the files

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Ok so i'm an idiot. I was trying to get rid of the Iexplore virus and i misread some instructions. Can anyone help? It's actually my fault as i misread what the instructions were saying.. below is the final step i was suppose to perform

The hosts file is stored under the Windows folder. It Windows XP it's in C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc, in Windows 2000 it is C:\Winnt\System32\Drivers\Etc, and in Windows 9x/Me it's in C:\Windows.

Select everything. Delete all.
Now just enter this one line
" localhost" without the quotes.

I accidentally deleted everything in the C:\Winnt\System32\Drivers\Etc except the host file.

Now my computer runs in a loop when i boot up. Can anyone help?


A:HELP!!! Deleted Win32 files found in host folder

From your post I think the part about all of the OS's are just part of instruyctions on this but to be safe I woulds like some system specs

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Hi all:

I have a bit of an unusual issue. I am trying to prevent Win 7 from deleting files from the temp folder (C:\Users\<NAME>\AppData\Local\Temp) when I close a program (in my case Firefox). I believe it is the OS, and not the program or my AV, which is deleting the files, though if folks think otherwise please let me know. Does anyone have suggestions on options to change to prevent files from being expunged from my \temp directory?

Here are the specifics:
I am trying to prevent Firefox from deleting files which I download using the Download Manager using the "open with" (rather than "save as") option.

These files remain in my folder, C:\Users\<NAME>\AppData\Local\Temp until after I close Firefox at which point they are deleted. Note: I am sure it is Windows which is deleting the files since:
* I have disabled my antivirus and related programs (Malwarebytes real time protection)
* I can see the file disappear from the \Temp folder a few seconds after Firefox is closed down
* when I terminate the Firefox process via the task manager the file deletion does not occur
Some other comments:
* I do not believe this is influenced by the Tools>Options>Privacy settings in Firefox, but I have set it to "Use Custom Settings for History" and unchecked "Clear History when Firefox Closes"
* I have experimented with various settings in Firefox's about:config (privacy.clearOnShutdown.* options are ... Read more

A:temp folder: do not files deleted when exit program

Actually, I think everything points toward Firefox deleting the temp files, not Windows. In any case this behavior is by design, since Firefox downloads your files in order to open them with something and you're not just saving them.
So my question is...why don't you just save the files instead of using "open with"? If for some reason you can't or don't want to, you could simply move the desired files out of your temp folder before closing Firefox...

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Hi all

I deleted the desktop folder in my personal folder and my icons on desktop don t apear anymore now.

How can i put it back there ?

Thanks !

A:I deleted the desktop folder in my personal folder

I'd try a System Restore.
Easy. No loss of files or anything.
Tutorial if you need it.
System Restore

Pick the newest restore point that was before you deleted the folder.


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Hi, so im dualbooting windows 7 (7100) and windows 2000 pro. in windows 7 my mouse "stuck" and got my windows folder for win2k moved into the system volume information folder on the drive. ive tried everything, I have cut and pasted, dragged it back, It acts like it went back where it should be, but it doesnt move. i really dont want to reinstall, because windows 2000 will overwrite windows 7's bootloader, and i would have to reinstall 7 as well. bottom line, the folder will not move back onto the d:/ directory. I get no error messages, it just sits and does nothing.

im currently downloading a linux live cd (fedora 11) any chance if I try move it with that it will boot correctly? or being as it is an NTFS partition will even let me?

please any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.

A:Solved: accidentally moved windows folder and it will not move back

i fixed it... had to copy the folder to another drive, than copy that to back to where its fricken supposed to be.

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Hello dears, my pc 'win 8.1 n x64' seems has been access & controlled remotely or i don't know if it's a virus.

I 've found the folder C:\Users\....\Downloads\Video was deleted w/ all of its content and also all the files in the folder C:\Users\....\Downloads\Music were deleted

since I installed windows "fresh install on a formatted disk" i had never changed the Advanced Security Settings of any folder but now i find the Share tab exists besides the Permissions tab and ther's Full Controll access to the users Administrators & Everyone and the type is Allow :(

I want to know why this happened .. is it from itunes or some other program or a virus or there's somebody accessing my comp. remotely

anyways i'll format but how to prevent this from happening again

the comp. is connected to the internet over wifi

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som files from my temp folder hav been deleted, is there any way i can fix this problem? if yes plllzzz help....

A:Solved: Temp folder files deleted, program errors

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I "support" a user who receives a dozen or so occurrences of a deleted meeting request in his 'deleted items' folder. No matter what I do to this meeting request it will continue to pop up many times every day in deleted items. Browsing the internet has come up with little help on the issue. Anyone seen this before and/or have any suggestions? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!

A:Solved: Meeting request appears in Deleted files folder

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All the old files I used on the old sign in name were moved to the documents and settings folder under the C:/ drive.

But now that the computer automatically created a new ID for me is there anyway that i can go back to using the old one that was deleted and take sole possesion of that?

Because now all of my apps are dead, I have to enter in new serial codes for some applications, I get this application is now longer installed on your computer please reinstall it again.

Is it impossible to do?

It's not that big of a deal, but if there is a way I would like to try and attempt it.

It will save me the hassle of going back and redownloading every app. that I had installed.

A:User ID accidently deleted and files placed into Document and Settings folder

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I purchased dell inspiron 1525 laptop with windows vista Home Premium.
I have deleted all the files in the recently changed folder in searches and deleted it from recycle bin also.
after that i have deleted Everwhere folder in search.
i have deleted all the files in Everywhere but at that time i have noticed the entire items are again i restored them to my system.
Then i noticed some newly created,updated files content has been deleted.
the folders with recent pics are existing.but the pics in that folder has been deleted.I need them as they are very important.
Even the favourite links in the drives are to again restore them.the links folder is visible.but the folder is dell support tools are also not is throwing error.
Is there any possibilty to get them again.
Please help me.


A:To restore all the files and folders deleted from recently changed folder in searches

Tutorial: Recover lost files with Shadow Explorer ? How-To Geek Forums

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I ran into an issue with a user's computer. Initially, he was experiencing problems with the computer running slow. A previous technician diagnosed the issue and decided to run Combofix to clear any issues that might be causing this. However, in running Combofix, the files in the folder C:/windows/csc folder/d6 or %systemroot%/csc folder/d6 were treated as malware and moved to C:/Qoobox/Quarantine/C/Windows/csc folder/d6 and renamed with the extension .vir. In doing so, the user has lost some of his data. Although the data represents files on a share drive on a server, in syncing the share drive's files in order to make them available offline, some of those files were lost. Well, at least that's how it seems as the user's files seemed to have disappeared around the same time Combofix was run.

We've tried a system restore to the day BEFORE Combofix was run to no avail. We've also tried to use batch file renaming programs as we made copies of the files in the Quarantine in order to get them out of quarantine and rename them without the .vir extension, put them back in their original folder and resync, but that did not work. The Windows resynchronization process reports that some of the files can't be restored because the user is not connected to the server, even though he is. Nonetheless, after that attempt, the files that were missing are still missing.

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A:Combofix deleted offline folder directory causing files to disappear

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Hi there,
Usually any computer problems I can fix myself but this one has me stumped. The virus scanner I am using is Avast and the firewall I'm using is Windows Firewall. My operating system is XP Service Pack 3. Yesterday with breakfast I clicked into my "Downloaded" folder on my external hard drive to find the folder was empty except for a file called "myfile.exe." Where this has come from and how it was not picked up or recognised as a virus is unknown. I used these forums to try and solve the problem trying everything from "unhide.exe" to the recommended malware programs and followed pretty much every procedure but to no avail. The space from the files has still be taken up on the harddrive and show hidden files is checked etc. It only seems to be that folder that has been effected. The contents of the folder itself are all video files, tv shows and movies. If anyone can help it will be much appreciated!
RegardsEdit: Moved topic from Windows XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:myfile.exe virus deleted files in only one folder on external hard drive?

I seem to have found the files, they were moved from the original folder into a neibouring folder. It still doesn't explain the myfile.exe however. *edit* I have however also noticed that the computer is taking longer on start up along with the general speed of the computer and firefox is hanging regularly.

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basically i deleted my temporary history files and now i have no access to files or websites i visited.
is there anyway i could restore those files?
i tryed using system restore but it doesnt go back months behind

can anyone advise me on what i can do to get back my temp history files?
you can email me direct at the address below
thank you



A:can deleted temporary history files be restored?

Hi, and welcome..
If they are no longer in your recycle bin...then they are gone...
Best not to include your email address..

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I accidentally deleted an entire folder of files from my USB flash drive, not realizing that deleted files do not go to a "Recycle Bin" like they would from hard drives ... they are apparently lost... Is there a way to retrieve them that I'm not aware of?

I am gasping. Help!

A:Can deleted files be restored from Flash Drive?

I'm afraid not... Be more careful next time. Keep a copy of the flash drives contents on a hard drive

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I'm trying to help a friend with a Windows 98 SE computer whose entire Windows directory and perhaps more has "disappeared". This looks like it may have been caused by malware; i mean, even Windows is not usually *that* unreliable

I'm very interested in finding out what kind of malware can do such a complete deletion job (and how it does it). I mean, i thought that (despite all the hype) malware is normally more of a (terrible) nuisance than actually destructive. And when it (apparently rarely) is destructive, it "just" does a "simple" delete, i.e. only marks a file called ABCDEF, for example, as ?BCDEF, as far as i've heard. This malware, however, apparently rewrote over the deleted files with all ones or zeros because the two data recovery programs and the one undelete program i used can't find any trace of the Windows folder.

Somebody on another help forum also suggested that one way this "total" deleting could perhaps have been carried out is by first truncating the files to 0 bytes before deleting. Another suggested explanation was that in addition to or instead of the above (which makes it harder to undelete files), the malware could have renamed the files before deleting, and then renamed
the Windows folder itself before deleting.

Can anyone suggest data recovery or undelete programs that can deal with the above tricks?

This looks like a possible malware candidate for the observed destruction:
http://www... Read more

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I need to free up more HDD space on my c:\ or Windows drive.

I installed Windows on a small SSD (128gb) and now after a few years of usage
I only have about 10-15GB free.
I only installed windows on that ssd and some programs.

How can I free up more space on my C:\

I have used a drive scanning software to identify space hogging folders and found following space hogging folders in Windows folder

These are the largest size folders (order from largest first)
-Installer (13 GB)
-winsxs (11 GB)

Now I know some folders contents (files) should not be deleted
e.g. System32

But what about other folder contents like these folders (2 biggest offenders)
Can I safely delete the files in these folders?
Which other folder contents can I delete in Windows folder?
or in the C:\ in general?

What other options can I do to get more free space on a small size SSD?

I can't buy a bigger drive right now because the prices are still too high and I want to get a 1TB ssd when the price is right..

A:What can be deleted in Windows folder?

3 things you can do to gain space.

1) Turn off or lower the page file to 2 GB, with 16 GB I haven`t used a page file in over 2 years.
2) Lower the amount dedicated to system restore
3) Turn off the hiber file if you don`t use hibernation.

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Ok, I have another thread here, but thought that I should change the title of the thread. I have an XP system where something moved the c:\windows folder to the recycle bin. The recycle bin still says it is there, but I can't restore it.

There are at least a half dozen threads on the site where someone sites this same problem, though they get to the same conclusion from different original problems.

I have tried going into the profile for the recycle bin and adjusting the slider like was suggested in one thread.

Same thread sent me to a site that put something in the registry. That didn't work.

Got an undelete program, it won't let me undelete the folder.

Found SFC and ran that. No effect.

There has to be a way to recover the windows folder without doing a system restore and losing all of my applications!!!!

A:C:\Windows Folder Deleted

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How do I access folder made private after user account that made the folder private is deleted.

I was foolin around with the registry yesterday and forgot to back it up. XP crashed when I restarted. I used the restore disk that came with the computer. All files that I put on the computer where left alone, but all XP files were reverted to factory Files. I had My Documents set as a private folder. The folder still appears under Documents and settings but I cannot access it.....HELP...Thanks in advance.

A:How do I access folder made private after user that made the folder privateis deleted

I Fixed the problem...

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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

A:After restored profile, one large folder is missing

Have you tried using Windows' search tool to search for the folder or files found inside it?
See if this software reveals anything...

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I have mistakenly deleted all the files and folders included in my "Temorary Internet Files" folder, including "Content.IE5" and "OLKD7" folders. I am now unable to download attachments from Hotmail. I have tried to add these folders from another user on this machine however the folder is restricted. My OS is XP Prof. SP2 & IE 6. Any ideas?

A:Deleted all files and folders from "Temporary Internet Files" folder

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Hi guys

Just to get it out of the way, I have already searched the forum for help (and the web),
and I already found a thread in here explaining what to do
write in front of /vb/all/windows/t-5750-Access-denied-to-a-folder-merged-with-Partition-Magic.html
(i can't post links because i'm new here)

But, I can't find the freakin' security settings in Partition Magic

I've been looking through them all "general, view, disk, tools and so on"
but anything saying security I cannot find.
Is it me or my partition magic that retarded :-S

I have to admit it's a craked version, but it didn't complain about anything when I typed the serial just -
"thanks for using partition magic and so on"

When I try to access the merged folder this is what comes up
F:\g is not accessible. Access denied.
The same thing a unformattede harddrive would say.
So is it still a security thing?
Or is it my partion magic that needs changing?

Please forgive my newbi-ways

i'm using XP home edition (from dell) if that helps

A:Folder problem with Partition Magic, can't open merged files/folder.

Although your issue may be easily resolved

TechSpot cannot help with cracked software - as the cracked software may be faulty itself.
Let alone the legal issues

Thread to be CLOSED

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All the files exist on a server 2008 R2 NAS shared folder. Our users can copy files from a zipped folder to another non-zipped without issue on their XP workstations.  On the new Windows 7 workstations, neither copy/paste, ctrl+c/ctrl+v, nor
drag and drop move all the selected files to the destination.  The progress popup shows progress and then just disappears without event  nor error.  The destination folder will contain some of the selected files but seldom all.    I
have been able to recreate the problem and have applied several TN posted solutions but the issue remains.  Has this been seen by anyone else?  I am not interested any third party apps or complicated workarounds being my end users are not technical.

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Hello I hope you can help, you have before and that was great!

I have had no problems since you last helped me but I ran a Spyware Doctor scan and found around 30,000 .exe files that were obviously some kind of trojan. I tracked them down and found them in the System Volume Information folder where I the system restore points get filed. I went into safe mode, activated permissions to get into the folder and deleted all of the files. This worked for a while then they just reapeared again!

I found somewhere that someone said to just deactivated the system restore service which again worked but hasn't corrected the problem.

I have just run another scan and it again has found over 30,000 files (around 2gb of data) in the RECYCLER folder (which I understand in the deleted files area).

Can you help me firstly get rid of them and help me find what ever it is that is causing these problems and get rid of that forever!

I really rely upon and need my laptop for work and this is seriously slowing things down.

Can someone help?!

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I have located this folder and files in my C:Temp Directory(Normally C:Windows/temp).
CompatTelemetryLogs with
AppAndDeviceInventory.log right next to it.
and the following inside the folder.
Folder = "IMG" lots of little image files of all my software
Folder = "Resources" with nothing in it.

Not sure about all of these but I did a search for this one: "TelemetryTransform.xsl" and one entry was this below(except I do not have any office program installed form MS, I use Open Office)

And this one: "Windows_TelemetryData.xml"

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Hi! I currently inherited a Windows 7 image that has the default location for the users' My Documents folder configured incorrectly. When a domain or local user account logs in to the machine for the first time the Documents directory, which by default should be located on %userprofile%\Documents and C:\Users\Public, is being set to point to the "My Documents" SHORTCUT folder and not the actual Documents folder inside C:\Users\%username%\. See screenshot.

I'd like to fix this by running a script that will remove both directories and only specify C:\Users\%username%\Documents as the only and default My Documents directory for the user.

Unfortunately, doing this via Group Policy is not an option. And since the image I am using was created by a previous technician I couldn't just create a new image since there are tons of software and customization already incorporated on it. I also tried exporting and importing the registry key for it on the explorer shell but that only seemed to work for the user where I exported the key from.

It would be nice if I have a more permanent fix for it so any new user logging in would have the correct path already set instead of me running a script for every user to fix it but if there's a simply and quick script to do it I can live with that.

A:Script to change the location of Documents folder in Windows 7

Hi Medyo,

Take a look at these guides to see if they do what you are trying to achieve.
User Folders - Change Default Location
User Folders - Restore Default Location
User Folders - Moving User Folders by Modular Script


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I've just started using my new desktop pc which I bought specifically to download stuff from the internet and to my horror it wants to save everything in my temp internet files folder. Does anyone know how to change this please? I've tried messing about with the security settings but that didn't solve it. I've seen a few threads on here but have yet to find an answer.

Now wishing I'd stuck with my old pc on XP!!!


A:Trying to save to my documents folder rather than the temp internet files folder

what internet browser do you have?
you should be able to change the configuration from the internet browser, and to make it save to the desktop.


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I want to delete a folder that was used to install a windows update, but I cancelled in the middle of the process. The update shows that it is installed but the folder it used is still there. I can't delete it as it says that access is denied. I even tried booting in safe mode but I still could not delete the folder. Anybody know how to get rid of it?

A:Windows Update folder can't be deleted

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this is a dell dimension 4600 with XP Pro. the reinstallation disc it came with only has SP1 and since this has already been upgraded to SP3 it will not let me use that disc to restore the system. i know there's a million threads about this topic on here already but i can't make sense of them.


A:no i386 folder, no winnt/winnt32.exe - computer needs to be restored

Have you looked into a slipstreamed disc that you make out of your original with a bootable disc and add sp3 to it?
How about save your data and format the hard drive, won't you be able to boot to your media then or are you using recovery partition. You said disc, but not hard disc so I must assume cd.

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I just did a non-destructive restore on my system, and I am trying to retrieve the files from the 'my old disk structure' folder. But, the 'my documents' folder is set to private, and now I can't access the folder. I was wondering if there is any way I can get around this, or can I basically kiss those files goodbye?

A:Solved: I restored my system, but am locked out of 'my documents' folder


If you follow this link it will tell you how to get access again.

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    About a week ago I got a virus that deleted everything on my windows 7 computer, so what I did was do a system restore,which brought me back a few weeks also all my stuff was back but most of it didnt work so i removed all of the stuff that didnt work and reinstalled it. But ever since I did that it has been running extremly slower then it used to. For example I can't play high end games anymore i used to run a solid 60 fps on most games I have now its a lot lower 0-25 and its a gaming computer. Then I did a scan it removed a virus but it was just some simple trojan. I have tried scanning for viruses without any luck with AVG, Malware Bytes, Etc. I cannot figure out why I have litterly tried everthing i can think of. I need your help with this.

A:My computer is running slow after a virus deleted all my files(After I restored)

    About a week ago I got a virus that deleted everything on my windows 7 computer, so what I did was do a system restore,which brought me back a few weeks also all my stuff was back but most of it didnt work so i removed all of the stuff that didnt work and reinstalled it. But ever since I did that it has been running extremly slower then it used to. For example I can't play high end games anymore i used to run a solid 60 fps on most games I have now its a lot lower 0-25 and its a gaming computer. Then I did a scan it removed a virus but it was just some simple trojan. I have tried scanning for viruses without any luck with AVG, Malware Bytes, Etc. I cannot figure out why I have litterly tried everthing i can think of. I need your help with this.
when you say but most of it didn't work so I removed all of the stuff that didn't work and reinstalled it did you reinstall the operating system or files or software what did you reinstall? 
System Restore seldomly works because this virus will 9 times out of 10 add itself to system volume information which is where the system restore shadows are stored so when you run a system restore so will the virus restore that is how it works you need to get Rid of Viruses though anti virus software and deleting files out of the Roaming folder and many other places Viruses Hide which a Anti Virus System will detect for you. the other thing I would recommend you do is scan with Eset Security online scanner and do a... Read more

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Mousing over the "My Pictures" folder shows 5.5MB for the size but no files are displayed in the folder when I open it (I do have "Show Hidden Files" selected in the "Folder Options/View" selections). What is the problem and how do I correct it?


A:XP Folder Shows 5.5MB But No Files Display When Folder Is Opened

XPChallenged said:

I do have "Show Hidden Files" selected in the "Folder Options/View" selectionsClick to expand...

Also, uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and see if any files show up.

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Through IE Properties, the "Temporary Internet Files" folder cannot be emptied, neither by going directly to the folder.
It says "No Objects" although the properties from the folder show 10.000 objects and 600 MB size!!!

What could be the reason?

A:Files of "Temporary Internet Files" folder cannot be deleted


try to right click on it and press cut the delete

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Alright so i contacted my Tech agency and we found out that the .bat file extension folder was completely deleted from the registry, he said it was out of his realm of knowledge on how to fix the issue so i need some help. I thinks its possible that someone
with windows 8 can export the file extension folder out of their registry and send it to me so i can import it into mine. Keep in mind i already know where the extensions are located in the regedit but i just don't know how to import it without damaging anything.
If you click on a folder the go to file it give you the option to export so in theory i can select the FileExts folder and import a .bat file exts into it correct? 

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I have had this problem a few times now and wondered if anyone else has experienced it or can shed light on this.

Firstly - not on my own computer but using a network drive at work.
(has happended on My Documents and a shared resource folder)
From Explorer I select a single file to delete and it works, select a file to move and it works fine. Then on another occasion I select the file to delete and it deletes the whole Folder structure above and below it! It comes up with the dialog e.g. 'Deleting 930 files' and before I can press cancel most have gone! It does not put any of the files or folders in the recycle bin. One time it even deleted the My Documents folder!
This has happened on about 5 occasions - at two different locations (schools) and I have had varying degrees of success with recovery from the backups.
(I am not a novice user, I know what I am doing and I definitely did not pick a folder to delete.)
Just happened to me today

A:Whole Folder heirarchy deleted by Windows instead of file

Do I understand you correctly. This is happing on two different computers at two different schools. Or is it your computer that you are using in two different locations.
It could help if we knew what kind of filers your are removing and from where.

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I've downloaded a movie and kept it inside a folder, created by me in the desktop. After I watched the movie, I deleted it successfully. However, whenever I delete the empty folder, it does delete but RETURNS after initializing the system. I've used RED-Remove Empty Directories and other folder erasing programs available but they didn't me help to solve the problem. I've also tried to erase the folder with DOS prompt command and a Linux LiveCD but THEY DON'T SHOW IT, that's to say, the folder appears with MS Windows XP Professional (version 2002, service pack 3) only. What can I do?  Any ideas? (Gilberto Saugen - Brasil)

A:Windows XP empty folder always returns after deleted

Hi gsaugen
Please try this

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Hello and thanks for reading,
I have a "saved emails" folder that I deleted by mistake. I have windows 8 and I guess I'm using windows mail, but not sure. So, I tried going to the comcast site and tried to retrieve them from the deleted file. I was able to recover some, but not all since there were only a few in it. Anything else I can do? I checked the recycle bin. Also, I hate this mail account because there aren't many options to try to retrieve them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I accidently deleted the desktop folder that holds most things like documents, downloads, google drive, dropbox, etc. I checked the recycle bin but it's now there. I searched on C drive and, of course, it's not there. I found it or something similar in File Explorer (but with a new name I believe). I copied the entire folder to the desktop. Now, when I add something to dropbox (one of the folders in the folder I deleted) the document is in dropbox on their website, but not in dropbox in the folder on the desktop that I just copied to. So....
QUESTION: How do I locate the folder I accidently deleted that originally contained many important files (e.g., AppData, contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Dropbox, favorites.... music, pictures) etc.?

I was in the process of "sending to" the information from the original desktop folder to Dropbox as a backup - when the computer hiccupped or whatever and instead of clicking send to, clicked delete. The folder disappeared and is NOT in the Recycle Bin. Except for the one I found in the File Folder with a different name, I can't find what I deleted. Help.

A:Accidently Deleted Desktop Folder: Windows 8.1

Option 2 of this tutorial may help

Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I am not entirely sure what has happened, however, i have the same kind of problem as Xeron(Gary) with one slight difference, my entire C:\windows folder was shoved into the recycle bin by a virus and deleted, i only just realized this cause i didnt think it was THE C:\windows folder, because of two things A; the recycle bin showed up empty when clicked(icon showed full but nothing came up, as if it was a hidden folder or so, and yes it was stil empty even when i enabled 'show hidden foders') and B: there was a kind-of repacement windows folder still there, i was running a few programs (ESET nod32 antivirus, among others) and ran ccleaner without thinking about the repurcussions of it ><, after cleaning all my old files i went to clean the registry....well, you can pretty much imagine my surprise as EVERY SINGLE THING that was inside the WINDOWS foder was popping up left and right(metaphorically of course) so, now i've opted tp try and use file recover(i havent turned off the pc yet, its a laptop ><)but i just dont know if it can bring back a file that was 'super hidden' as i call it(i ran into a virus like this before, it came in a recycler folder and mass saved itself eating away at the registry etc, had to format my comp and now my desktop doesnt work, damn ibm/intel chipset family ><)
anyway, if you have any reccomendations, please, be my guest, im on msn for the next 20 or so minutes then i gotta sleep and go to work, but i cant turn off my comp(lol...... Read more

A:Entire C:\WINDOWS folder deleted due to virus.....

If it was the entire c:\windows dir, your PC wouldn't be booting. So although I don't doubt you have some kind of issue/virus whatever, the files still have to be there.

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Grandkids disabled McAfee Virus scan and I couldn't get it back. My mcafee cd said newer version was on computer and would not download. I went to mcafee website and cost was 40.00. Like an idiot i went to peer to peer site to get newer version and my computer was filled with filth and everything else. I then tried to delete all of the unwanted files and must have deleted some files i needed. Then I got Internet Explorer Active X errors and Netscape won't open. I tried to download my Internet Explorer from the version on my other computer but it won't take because it's a different operating system. Of course it told me to delete the existing version before it told me it would not download. Please help.

A:accidentally deleted files

Do you have an XP CD (if you're running XP)?

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I hate to come here with tech related questions and/or problems, but I'm really stressed over something my dumb *** did tonight.

I have three hard drives - a 300GB PATA drive (D, a 300GB SATA (E drive that contains my Windows installation, and a 500GB PATA (G drive that contains a back up of the 300GB PATA drive (both of which contain all of my important files, such as music, games, ect.)

I've been having trouble with my Windows drive for a while now, as there is some sort of short that causes the SATA cable to not insert properly. I was having trouble getting Windows to even install tonight, so I did something monumentally stupid and installed my Windows disk into the DVD drive.

I went to Windows setup, figuring I could create a partition on the G drive and install Windows and thus throw out the failing E drive. I formatted a partition, which turned out to be on my D drive by mistake. After fumbling a bit, I finally have Windows up and running from the E drive (didn't complete the installation to G).

Problem is, now both of my G drive and D drive, which again contain all of my music, videos, ect. are gone! I tried Windows system restore and it did nothing. My D drive is showing up as empty with just the Windows directory, and the G drive is showing up as unformatted and unallocated.

So, is there anything I can do to recover my stuff? Or am I monumentally screwed?

A:Accidentally deleted files!

I think you're screwed. Ooopsie!

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I recently installed Windows 7 to my SSD. Its only 64GB so I set Windows up so that the Users folder was on my seconday (X drive instead of my SSD, and setup a Program Files and Program Files (x86) on my secondary drive. I used this. I deleted the account I made when installing windows and accidenally clicked delete files as well. This deleted all of the data I had in my Users folder and many in Program Files and other places. I used Recuva, but now all of the deleted files are in one folder instead of their respective locations. Is there anything I can do aside from reinstalling and salvaging what I can and reinstalling all of my programs?

A:Accidentally deleted a lot of my files

That is why one has backups made BEFORE one does such things.

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i am using vista adn by accidentally i deleted 1 folder in my documents that contains pictures,word documents and other files.can any one try to help me in this.i have run ZAR but i m not sucessful.

A:Deleted my files accidentally

If the free ZAR didn't help I have grave doubts

Here are a lot more free ones to choose from

I think I've used them all at one time or another
I find anyone of them is quite good :grinthumb (and all free )

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I downloaded a skin just for try but it wasn't that good so tried to get rid of it. I restored the system to an earlier restore point and the theme was deleted but the new icons remained; I deleted the iconcache.db and after rebooting the icons still stayed the same. Then I expanded the max cached icons tp 1024 in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Mircrosoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer (in fact i had to create a new string with Max Cached Icons) but still nothing happens to the icons.
I could manually change them to default icons by right clicking on them, properties (selecting default values here does work.. ) but i don't want to do this to all icons on my pc

can anybody help me, i want to get rid of this icons

A:Win 7 Icons not restored after iconcache.db deleted/restored system

Did you delete iconcache as described here? Icon Cache - Rebuild

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About a week ago my WINDOWS LIVE MAIL,E-Mail started to go straight into my Deleted folder rather
than my INBOX as soon as I received it.Can anybody Help?.I use a DELL 4600 Computer with Internet
Explorer 8 running.

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I've just formatted my computer and restored my personal folder (.pst file) in outlook before setting up any e-mail.

I've setup my e-mail after that, but then outlook creates a new personal folder for it, and that's not what I want. I'd like to receive mail in my old personal folder.

How can I do that?
Appreciate your help.

A:Solved: How do I recieve e-mails in my restored Personal Folder? (Outlook 2007)

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i accidentatly deleted my java files, i am running a vista toshiba laptop, when i go to add or remove programs the java is there but i press remove and it starts to remove but after it's about to finish removing it, it goes backwards and doesnt finish, just closes out of the program. i have tried reinstalling java both offline and online however it says that java is already on this system would you like to reinstall it? i press yes and the same thing happens. i also try running the java control panel from control panel but it says that this application was not found. please help. thank you for your time.

p.s. i'm sorry my spelling isn't that great.

A:help accidentally deleted my java files

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I accidentally deleted 44 Spuninst files in my Windows folder. I had thought they were junk files but now know better. How can I restore them? I am using Windows XP. Thanks in advance.

A:Accidentally deleted Critical Files in XP

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Uhm hi i used hijack this and i thought when u scanned all of the stuff were viruses so i removed them all, later to find out it says not all files are dangerous and some are innocent, but lucky me the files got deleted and the backups were gone cause i deleted them, and now im using a different computer to post. I think like i killed some dlls in like system32 and some things and now i cant surf the web on that comp can anyone help me?

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I just recovered some .rtf files I accidentally deleted with my recycle bin, using a third party software, StellarPhoenix. However, now my computer won't open them. Can you help

A:I just recovered some .rtf files I accidentally deleted with

What is the current full name and extension and size of a couple of those?

Have you asked Stellar??

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Hi there. Recently I had a virus crisis on my computer and so I backed up my data and got it fixed. But since I deleted the data I backed up, the files in question are not on my computer. Then my external hard drive failed and I am certain it is just plain un-fixable. I have been trying everything I can find on the subject online, so I am certain.

Anyhow, I found some programs for restoring deleted files on the computer, and they seemed to work ok because they would find files that I did indeed delete at the time of my backing up of the files. But the files from the folders "My Music" and "My Videos" are no where to be found. I'd really like to get my files back, but as I said they seem to be just gone. So if there's some way to go deeper into the archive or something I'd appreciate your help. Sorry if I'm not making too much sense also, I'm not so savvy with computers, which is how I ended up in this mess in the first place I'm sure lol.

A:Accidentally Deleted Files I can't Seem to Get Back!

Recuva provides a deep scan option
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

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`Using adware I accidenatlly deleted shell.dll and probably lots of other registry files.
Please help me I am having a hard time installing the AVG Freeware because the shell.dll can't be found.
Best regards,
PsService v1.1 - local and remote services viewer/controller
Copyright © 2001-2003 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals -

Notifies selected users and computers of administrative alerts. If the service is stopped, programs that use administrative alerts will not receive them. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
BINARY_PATH_NAME : C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
TAG : 0
DEPENDENCIES : LanmanWorkstation

Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing and the Internet Connection Firewall
BINARY_PATH_NAME : C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
TAG : 0
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A:Accidentally Deleted Registry Files...

For Windows XP or 2000, Shell.dll can be downloaded here: the file is downloaded unzip it and copy shell.dll to the following locations:C:\WINDOWS\System32C:\WINDOWS\System

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I hope someone can help me. I'm running Win XP. I was trying to get rid of windows messenger, and had gone into "add/delete prog." and then "add/delete windows components." There I UN-checked everything that was checked EXCEPT for windows messenger. the laptop proceeded in what i thought was deleting that program, however, it "deleted" all of the following:

accessories and utilities
fax services
Internet explorer
management and monitoring tools
msn explorer
network services
outlook express
update root certificates
win. media player

Now, I am actually using Internet Explorer SOMEHOW. I checked my email with MSN messenger, and the IE window opened right up. BUT, if i search for IE, It's no where to be found *unless I'm searching the wrong string, i used internet and explorer* Also, I tried to add this site to my favorites, but my favorites have disapeared. I've tried finding outlook express, and that isn't turning up either.

PLEASE help me out. I need to have this laptop in tip-top shape because i start online college courses very soon. Thanks!


A:accidentally deleted some files and i need them back

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