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Finding Compressed Files

Q: Finding Compressed Files

Not familiar with W2000PRO.

Checked out Disk Cleanup, and it displays 14,581KB of Compressed Files.

Q#1. How/where can these files be found?

Q#2. Is it safe to just delete the Compressed files with Disk Cleanup?

Thanks for the help.

Preferred Solution: Finding Compressed Files

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A: Finding Compressed Files

I don't have 2k but I would think if you do a full drive Search for either *.zip or *.cab it might turn up something in the way of compressed files.

I certainly wouldn't recommend deleting them until you know more about them unless they happen to be in one of the Temp folders. Even then it's good policy to send them to the Recycle in for a reasonable period before dumping them.

For a comparison, I'm running XO Home and I currently have 185 .zip files and 85 .cab files. Given that yours are only 14 Megs, I would just leave them alone if I were you.

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How did you "reinstall" . . it sounds as though you installed on top of the old installation?

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When i run the scanning computer device to free some space on my computer, in my D:, there is this columne reading soemthing like compressed files or seomthing. It is one where they compressed my unused files or seomthing like that.

It took up 2GB of my HDD. So I was wondering, is it save to delete those files? or are they files on my computer which are compressed to free space and if i delete them then i'd lose all those files?

HOpe I explained my self clearly here.

THank you

A:Compressed Files

If your multimedia files are still there, than it's ok and you didn't delete anything necessary...

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Please be patient with me.

I received the notification that c: drive was full and needed to be compressed or whatever it stated. So, I did it and now files are gone! There is no restore point, those were erased. I have a d: drive that has some information but when I try and move or copy those items I mess up more things.

Has anyone encountered this problem? I can't believe I did this. Please please help.


A:where do compressed files go?

Hi Laura, welcome to TSF

this is a little strange. Have you noticed any change to the files and folders which remain on the C Drive? Usually compressing them will change their titles to blue.

Also, can you remember what files and folders were earmarked for compression?

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On Disk Cleanup my pc scans for compress old files, even though it is unchecked and takes a long time to complete. It finds about 50gb worth of old files. Its been doing that for about 6 months which it didn't previously. Is it ok to delete those compressed old files without losing anything I may need or actively using?


A:compressed old files

Is it ok to delete those compressed old files without losing anything I may need or actively using?Click to expand...

If they are system or application files that you do not completely understand you should not delete them. If they are your data files you are in a better position than we are to determine if they are important to you.

These are files you compressed some time in the past, but you now no longer compress old files, right?

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I D/L a prog from IRC (for evaluation purposes soley) and it was compressed into 30 x 15k .rar files. It appears all files contain the same volume with 2 files, .bin and .cue file. How can I try out this prog, I can't seem to unrar, it just keeps overwriting the same file when I do????

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A:my files got compressed

Right click the file or folder you want to uncompress, click Properties.
On the General tab, click the Advanced button
Uncheck the box for Compress contents to save disk space
Click Apply
If it's a folder that is not empty, check the box for Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files, then click OK.

Some files like desktop.ini won't uncompress when doing an entire folder, they have to be done individually.

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what are the compressed files used for
give us a few names with extrension
and what directories they are in

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A:Compressed Files

Hi Melitao, and Welcome to TSF,

When you say 'unable to open', what exactly do you mean? When you double-click, what happens?

Right try clicking, selecting 'Open With' and chosing an appropriate program from the list.

Let me know how you get on!

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ive tried a few ways to do it by downloading 7.zip still wont work.
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A:Compressed zip-Files

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I recently ran disk cleanup and clicked to compress files. Now I am trying to find all my documents and I don't know if they were compressed or deleted (OUCH!). Is there any way to find out if they were simply compressed and where they are now so I can uncompress them. These were some very important files to me and I would love to get them back! Please HELP!

A:where do compressed files go

The "Compress Old Files" option does not delete the files . . it just compresses them, which is not a good idea. They should be in the same place they were before the compression, just shown in Blue.

If you know the name of one of the files, you can search for it to see where they might be

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Why this title? Just because I need to compress files and I'm looking for some suggestions about eficient compresion programs and if possible ways to maximixe compression, of course all in a Windows 7 enviroment (64 bit).

A:Compressed files

Hi Combine,

7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. It supports 64-bit Windows.

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I have been trying to open a floppy disk that has a pagemaker file on it that has been compressed with "Becker." I don't know what Becker is, but I know I can't open up the file. My friend who gave me the disk no longer has her old computer, where the file came from. How can I open my file?

A:Files Compressed with Becker

Wow. Never heard of becker and can't find anything on it. But I'll try opening the file for you.

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A:Can't Open Compressed Files

AFAIK you cannot open a zip file without it being loaded onto your computer.

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When I go into XP and run Disk Cleanup, I get an option to clean up Compressed Files which tend to be as big as 2GB to 3 GB!

Since I have a small HDD, space is at a premium.

When I run Vista's or Windows 7's Disk Cleanup, I never get that option. I always have to go into XP to clean up compressed files!

Is there any way to get Disk Cleanup to show the option to remove compressed files?

Is it also because I have my XP running on a FAT32 partition compared to Vista / Win 7 which itself is on NTFS?

Or is it because XP is on a completely separate HDD?


A:How to clean up compressed files?

Well, geez! Over a week has passed and no answer?

C'mon guys!

I even tried the Extended Disk Cleanup which I got from Vistax64.com, but no use!

Please help!

Thank you for your time!

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I have done the basics with cleanmrg and disk cleanup and still have tons of old compressed files. please help!

A:how to delete old compressed files

nannycwa, Disk Cleanup does not actually delete compressed files nor do you want to.

Compress Old Files

Unlike the other categories, Compress Old Files doesn't delete any files from the drive. It compresses files that Windows hasn't accessed for a specified period of time. The files are still available, but there will be a slight increase in access times because the files will be decompressed the next time they are accessed. Note that when Compress Old Files is highlighted an Options button appears. Clicking it will allow you to set the number of days to wait before an unaccessed file is compressed.



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I was looking in Disk Cleanup and saw some bytes in Old Compressed files. What is that?

A:Solved: Old Compressed Files

Files on your drive that have not been used in a while. They may still be important and needed, but since they haven't been used for a while, Disk Cleanup compresses them to save dusk space. It does not delete them.

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Using disc clean-up...
I have MILLIONS of compressed files. How do I remove them??

A:Solved: Compressed OLD files

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I believe I got a message something like Unused or old compressed files have been moved. I am missing a lot of pictures and home videos. I already searched for mov and avi using windows search. These files have been missing for months btw.

Are they put in zip/rar folders? Where exactly do they go? lol

A:Where do compressed files go to after cpu has been defragmented?

If you are using the built in Windows XP defragmenting tool on your hard disk, it will not move or compress files or hide them in any way that you would be unable to find them.

Things should not be put into a ZIP or RAR file unless it happens by your own hand(s).

It is possible to use Windows XP tools to compress files, but they should still be available in the original location unless they were moved by some other method.

If you saw some message about unused things being moved, perhaps it was the desktop cleanup wizard that moves stale desktop shortcuts to a new folder due to inactivity, with 60 days being the default. These items are removed from the desktop to a separate folder called Unused Desktop Shortcuts and can be easily restored. This wizard can also be configured to run differently or completely disabled.

The Recycle Bin might be a good place to start looking if you know specific files and the items have not been deleted from the Recycle Bin.

If you can supply more information about the messages you see, what you think you are missing, why you think defragmenting may be involved, or any other non XP tools you are using maybe we can help you locate the missing items if they have not actually been deleted.

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I have a problem, every compressed file that I create (right click/shortcut menu...send to...compressed (zipped) folder) finishes by placing a lock icon, which I assume means that it cannot be transfered to another computer and at risk of being inaccessible at some later point-in-time (just when I need it!).

I did a google search, not much captures this as a recurring/systemic problem (only how to fix afterwards). strangely, the security permissions are created differently from whatever is the source file that I am compressing (to omit "Authorised User" and "User" permissions), which seems a logic flaw since the zipped file should mirror the underlying files, but presumably there's a settings "feature" overriding the creation of zipped file? how to fix this permanently so the zipped file does represent the underlying file permissions correctly?
thank you.

A:all compressed files...locked!

Give me a prnt image of the security tab of

Click on type %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo inside Search programs and files . Inside the Start Menu right click on SendTo choose Properties . Click on the Security tab and do a prnt screen of that please

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Hi ive compressed my files on my acer laptop which is windows vista now i cannot get anything on what do i need to do please

A:Compressed files on acer

Uncompress them. Unless you also compressed the boot files and cannot boot into Windows. In that case you need to install Windows or "recover to factory defaults." You could also first try a Startup Repair if you have an installation DVD or if your Recovery DVD includes that feature.

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I am having a problem in Windows XP with Symantec Ghost - bulks at restoring compressed files. So I would like to change all to uncompressed, but have not found a way to find them easily. Does anyone know of or have software that will search a given hard drive and list all compressed files?

Thanks for any assistance.

A:How to find compressed files

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Hey guys, this might seem like an incredibly ignorant question.

I create my computers backup, both the system image, which later I learned, I will not need as much as I thought since I want to do a clean install. And a normal backup, which created over 300 zip files into the backup folders.

The question is.. I ended up with all of these .rars, but I don't know what to do with them once I take them into my new installation, do I just unrar them and let the chain reaction start and will it give me the folders as they are supposed to be? Or do I need to unrar each by each at a time?

Which I hope not..

Thanks for your time.

A:What do I do with the compressed backup files?

Hello Erick,

What were you wanting to do with them?

Those RAR files is part of the backup.

Normally, you would use the method in the tutorial below to restore files from your Windows Backup.Restore Backup User and System Files
If that's not possible, then you could manually extract files using the tutorial below from the location in your screenshot.Backup - Manually Extract Files from in Vista & Windows 7
If you don't want the backups at all anymore, then you could just delete the computer-name folder

Hope this helps,

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I recently had cause to download a driver that sat on my computer for 2 days while I tried to figure out how to open it. I have the past month or so been confronted with a type screen I have not seen before. I was trying to make it come back up again but I can't right now but its a green screen and it has commands at the type like EXTRACT and so forth. I am desperate to find some way around this as it is continually happening a couple of times a week at the most inopportunte times. What is this program and where did it come from?Thanks if you can help me figure it out.I just downloaded something called JZipV1c but the screen looks kind of the same type setup so not sure its going to be better. how do you know which program to use for what?I'm lost can you help me clear the cobwebs in my brain?????

A:Opening Compressed Files

Windows 7 should be able to handle most compressed files on its own. What is the full name (including extension) of the file in question?

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Using Windows XP Pro, when ever I right click on a *.rar file that file will be deleted or simply disappears and I can not find it after this. If I simply open the file using WinRar or other application it has no problems and will be uncompressed/unpacked. I usally right click on a file to select what application I want it to run under, if have tried other formats like *.zip and never any problems, just with *.rar.

Has anyone seen this before? it is driving me crazy, once I right click on a rar. file it gets deleted and I will have to re-download the entire file again.

Thanks for your help


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A lot of my files have compressed on their own (in a light blue colour) - I
didnt authorise this (not that I am aware of).

I know how to change them back manually, singularly, but there are far too
many to do this way. Is there any magic button I can click on to revert all
my files back to normal - i.e. not compressed?

If I access them, they still stay blue after I have closed the file.


A:Solved: Compressed files

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im not sure if this is normal...
i got 148,198k of compressed files
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A:148,198k of compressed files


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Hi all,

I have a laptop running iexlpore 6.0 and a PC running the same. I dont know whats happened but when I download a zip/compressed file on my laptop, i get the options to open, save or cancel. But on my PC when I want to download a zip file, i click the link and instead of getting a window with open, save or cancel, I get nothing, then a few mins later (depending on the size of the zip / compressed file) i get a window openning with the contents of the file

can anyone help me out, I'm guessing it's some kind of setting that i have to change but i can't seem to find it

bye all ^^

A:Zip / Compressed files download

Try this, it might help you.


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I didn't knew Norton could have download insight on compressed files too.

I downloaded a harmless sample from testmypcsecurity called keylogtest. Its in zip.

I extracted & Norton detected it. I checked quarantine & the detection at the end mention download insight.

If I disable Norton auto-protect & extract keylogtest, enable auto protect & open the extracted folder or execute keylogtest then Norton doesn't detect it. With auto-protect enabled if I again extract it to the same folder then Norton detects it.
Plzz test & verify.

If malware hub testers here disable autoprotect to extract the samples then Norton would not detect the samples, offcoz if the above is correct & the samples in question are download insight detection & not signs, sonar, etc...

A:Norton & Compressed Files

When I used norton the first times in the hub, I disabled them self-protect extracted and into a normal scan, and how did the results were not positive.
However nevertheless not disable auto-protect and download the samples (in a VM, of course) and the extract and Download Insight detected and automatically, eliminated. Having positive results (which I personally surprising)
Download Insight and SONAR (in my opinion) are the most powerful tools in Norton, however this depends on self-protect.

yesnoo said:

If I disable Norton auto-protect & extract keylogtest, enable auto protect & open the extracted folder or execute keylogtest then Norton doesn't detect it. With auto-protect enabled if I again extract it to the same folder then Norton detects it.Click to expand...

I think it could be a bug, just that it would be illogical norton which was first detected (by Donwload Insight) and no time after (it happened to me too)

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even after I run a disk cleanup with the box checked I still cannot clean up the 866k of compressed old files..I have plenty of free space available but concerned this is slowing things down a bit

A:removing 866k of compressed old files

Dude, that's not even one megabyte. I don't think its affecting your system in the slightest.

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I feel ashamed to ask this because I feel like I should know the answer--but--.
I am trying to back up all the files in the My Documents folder but the total file size is 780 MB. I selected all of them, right clicked, pointed to Send To, then clicked Compressed (zipped) Folder. After about an hour, this computer is running painfully slow due to the Trojan.Vundo, they were all compressed; but I don't know where the compressed folder is. Can someone tell me where these files go when you Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder? It never asked me to specify a location for the zipped folder as I thought it would.

A:Compressed (zipped) Folder Files

I just tested one & it was stored in My Documents.
Have you looked there to see if a new zip file exists?
When created mine went to the bottom of the list & moved up to its alphabetical listing after closing My Documents & reopening it.

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A:compressed files in windows 2000

I am not aware of a way to search just for compressed files, but you can set windows to display compressed file names in a different color.

Open Explorer
Go to tools, folder options.
Click on view
Check the box that says to display compressed files with alternate color.

Mine displays compressed file names in blue and regular ones in black.

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A:Speeding up my computer? (compressed files)

There a number of ways to get a better performance out of your pc. But first please confirm your hardware specs, at the very least hard disk size and operating system, so people can assist further.

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for some reason i am unable to clear out my compressed files via the traditional method of the disk cleanup option. it says that it is in fact cleaning them out but when i look at it again they are still there. the files are becomming quite large and while it is not yet a serious problem it is starting to really annoy me. any suggestions like for instance, hoe to manually delete these files, would be of great help. thanks

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I'm still getting used to XP, and someone recently told me that while scanning, or defrag.. not sure which, if the old/mostly unused files are compressed "to save disk space" then this may cause problems. Is this true? I've never set it to do this, but it does by default... i remember seeing something in disk cleanup or defrag or somewhere where it's doing this, but there's no option to tell it not to.

I know, I'm totally confused.

My browsers, both, are SO slow that I can hardly surf the internet at all. I've ran hijack this, and an online virus/spyware scan... plus everything else I can think of, but for some reason.... both FF and IE are ungodly slow. So I'm wondering if it has to do with these compressed files??

How can I decompress files without going through hundreds of thousands, etc. of files to do this? Is there a one-step procedure to decompress all those files??

Thanks for your help.

A:Compressed files causing problems?

Defrag doesn't compress files, however Disk Cleanup has that option. Now, you can configure XP to compress files and folders "on the fly", perhaps that's what happened here? If so, I think you can undo it, I've never used file compression.

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I'm running Win 98 & Office97. I can't find a feature that I can use to unzip compressed files. I may have deleted what I had on my hardrive. Are there any free programs out on the web I can use to do this?


A:(Solved) Unzipping Compressed Files

A good one is Winzip from www.winzip.com
It has a eval copy that never expires.

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Someone sent me a mp4 video file that using a cell phone. When I try to play it on
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Thank you,

A:mp4 video files compressed by Codec

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I think that I have a misconception about compressed files. I assume that all compressed files lose their quality from a non-compressed files, because of smaller size they have. Can someone explain a correct concept about compressed files and their quality to me? Are those mp3, jpg, and so forth really lose their original quality? Also, sometimes, I am asked to choose to zip or not zip when I save a file. I never dare to zip it, because I am afraid that I would lose the quality of it. Am I wrong about it, too?


A:Solved: quality of compressed files

JPG and MP3 files are created using "lossy" compression. There is non-recoverable loss of informaton. Most programs allow various amounts of compression that offers different trade-offs between smaller file size or less loss.

A ZIP file is created will lossless compression that permits unzipping the file to its original contents without loosing any data. A zip file also contains a checksum that the un-Zipping software uses to confirm the zip file contents are not corrupted.

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I now have Windows 7 but had this same problem when I had XP. There is only one particalar web site that I cannot open zip files from. If they e-mail them to me or post in a different site I have no problem opening them. Not sure if windows has some security preventing me from opening from that site or what?

A:Can not open compressed (zipped) files

what site is it? Also, what file format are they in, .rar, or .zip?



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I'm trying to open a programme that I have on a CD and can also download in compressed form from a web site.  It's a car maintenance manual.  I've taken the CD to my local computer shop and they could open it on their system, which shows that it works but I can't keep going down to the shop each time I want to fix the car!
Things that I have tried:
I copied the contents of the CD to my desk top.
I downloaded the eight, compressed (WinRAR archive) files to my hard drive.
With both of these routes I can get as far as a a list as follows:
Looks hopeful?  Unfortunately, whenever I click setup, I get the following error message:
"Unable to execute file:
C:users\Aidan\Documents\letter email etc\Car\Punto\Workshop manuals\elearn\elearn.exe
CreateProcess failed;code 2. The system couldn't find the file specified."
I've tried to run setup with my firewall/antivirus turned off but with no luck.
The link to the car forum is below.  There is a lot of boring stuff about service intervals for cars but it also has the link to the compressed files
Any help would be great, as it's proving more than a little frustrating!
I have Windows 10 installed.

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I send zipped/compressed files. Often, but not always, the recipient says when he tries to open them he is asked for a password. I did not assign a password, and don't want the file password protected.
What's going on?

A:Why do emailed compressed files need password to opn them?

What edition of Vista do you have?

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