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Q: How to locate and delete duplicate folders

My PC was recently updates to WIN 7 and folders from my old XP were imported from backup. Now I have duplicates all over the place. Only my wife and I use this pc. Can anyone help me try and restore some sembelance of order to the folders/files.?

Preferred Solution: How to locate and delete duplicate folders

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A: How to locate and delete duplicate folders

Several of us use Puran Utilities, it has that function.  Use caution with any and all downloads to avoid junk!

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I'm fairly new at using my laptop.  I thought myself by trial and error.  I have multiple identical files/folders all over my laptop.  Is there an easy way to locate these and delete them?  Thank you 

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I think I downloaded a .reg file from internet that created double system folders in my computer but I can't remember. They seem to be an extra music, videos, documents, pictures and downloads folder but I cannot put any files in the folder. Anyone know how to delete them? There's also a strange name in address bar when I open one of the folders. Also, when I click start and then click a folder liek videos folder then nothing happens.

A:How to delete duplicate system folders?

Hello and welcome to TenForums

There is a tutorial that describes how you can delete or restore these folders here:
This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10

Might be worth trying these methods to see if you can restore them.

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After moving some of my User folders from C:\Users\Steve to a location on my secondary HDD (D:\Steve), Windows 7 has spontaneously created folders in C:\Users\Steve that I cannot delete.

I moved the folders by going to Properties, Location tab, and clicking Move, and I clicked YES when asked if I wanted to move any files contained in the folders to the new location.

When I moved My Music, it created a folder named "Music" in C:\Users\Steve
When I moved My Pictures, it created a folder named "Pictures" in C:\Users\Steve
When I moved My Videos, it created a folder named "Videos" inC:\Users\Steve

Weirdly, it didn't create duplicate folders for My Documents or Downloads, which I also moved.

The folders it created are not linked to the user profile folders, as you can see in this image (they just have normal folder icons). It looks like they're just regular folders, marked as read only, containing 0 bytes, but when I try to delete them it tells me I need permission to perform this action. And if I uncheck read only, it tells me access denied.

I recently installed an SSD and a HDD in my laptop, installing the OS on the SSD and reserving the HDD for my data. I really wish Windows made it easier to just move the whole goshdarn User profile to another location, but I guess that's too much to ask.

I think this guy had the same problem that I'm having but it doesn't look like he ever got to the bottom of the issue: Default User Locations - Duplicat... Read more

A:Duplicate user folders spontaneously created? Can't delete.

Hello Skeletron, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have any programs that are saving files to this location by default? If so, then it would be normal for the program to automatically recreate the folder to save to since you moved the default user folder to another location. If so, then you need to change the settings in the program to save to the new moved location instead.

If not, then you may have made a mistake when moving the user folders. Backup anything that you do not want to lose in both the duplicate and moved user folders to a different location to be safe. Afterwards, you might see if restoring the default locations of these user folders (option two at link), then try moving them again may work out better this round.

Hope this helps,

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I have inherited a mess of folders and files built up for ten years by different people. As such, I would like to delete duplicate folders and merge similar folders but I do not know which folder to keep.
Ideally, there would be an option to create an alias of the remaining folder in place of the deleted folder, so that effectively the file tree is the same to the user.
If that is not possible, I would very much appreciate a way to choose to keep the newest dated folder and delete the oldest dated folder.

Any suggestions appreciated!

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I have 2 folders inside c:\recovery. I understand that that folder is used by windows recovery environment. However on my pc there are 2 of them inside c:\recovery. Both folders have same contents (boo.sdi, winre.wim) Is it safe for me to delete one of the folder (the older one).



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I'm using Win7.  I know just enough computer tech to be dangerous... Anytime I had the choice I always indicated "install to 32-bit".  It seems like I have seen x86 in a few places but don't remember where at this point-or whether it is important.

In transferring Programs/Data etc from an old Computer to a new one, somehow I have Duplicate Documents Folders that appear to have the same documents inside.  Looking at Start:  I see Desktop>Libraries>Documents>My Documents>etc

Scrolling down I also find under the same Desktop;  a folder icon followed by ------------------->My Documents>etc

So: 1.  which location is the preferred/proper folder that folders/files etc. default to:  A. the Library one, or B. the  ------------------- one?

2.  what is the best way to move the unwanted folder-sub-folders and files, and tell it to combine them into the Preferred Documents Folder - adding any new ones, but drop/delete any duplicate files  -  making sure I don't lose any info at the
same time?

A:How do I delete duplicate "Documents" Folders?

don't, some of those are for application compatibility purposes or as in the case of libraries is considered a 'feature'.   Some older applications expect the "My Documents" in one location, other apps, use the newer location.  
MSFT is doing some "hard linking" and other kind of junctions to create all these expected locations available in the OS (in case you ever need to run an older app).
You only have one true My Documents on your machine, so nothing to worry about.  You just have a few different 'file path's' so that applications which are hard-coded to look in the old place can still work on newer versions of windows.  Capisce
Maybe this is a less confabulating reply.   The real folder is at C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents, but it is being redirected around to a few different locations on purpose.  The Libraries is one of those locations, also the "My
Documents" for xp compatibilty, etc.
Some of them are deeply ingrained into the GUI, like Libraries.  Some are marked system or hidden and the default settings hide them from most users, but this was a major complaint of Power Users since the Vista days, who like to show hidden
files.   The W7 profile simply has more under the hood than XP profiles.

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Somehow I inadvertently created a duplicate drive folder to my /D: partition, where I keep my documents files, in "This PC". I have attempted to delete these folders from the file but there doesn't seem to be any of the ordinary methods of doing this. I have read where you can hide or remove the common folders by editing the registry but nothing that covers when I add my own files.

A:Duplicate Drive Folders in "This PC". I can't delete them

Hello ms14796,

Those look like your user Documents and Downloads folders instead. Check to see if using OPTION TWO below to restore their default locations may be able to fix them.

User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hi there! I hope this is the correct subforum for this question.
I've got a ton of folders and files which I can't seem to locate on my computer. This may sound crazy/impossible, but I used to have folders and files on my desktop which seem to have "dropped off." I unzipped a zipped file to my desktop, which filled it to over flow and I think some things which had been on my desktop "fell off" and never reappeared. But I may be crazy.
In any case, the files which I can locate don't seem to match up with the amount of space which shows up as "taken" on my hard disk, and I think these missing folders and files would account for that difference.
I'd like to locate these files so I can do a massive system clean-up.
Can anyone here help me to locate these files? I think one of the folders is named, ironically enough, "To Keep."

I am running a PC with Windows Vista Home Premium.


A:Can't locate some of my files/folders

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Hello! This is my first post here...
About aweek ago, when I powerd up my computer, the screen and layout looked like when I first used this for the first time - 5 years ago! My screen saver was gone and replaced with original look when new...my favorites were gone and some folders too. I found these folders elsewhere and stuck them back on desktop...and used the computer again but with the new / old look. When on-line,I started putting back my favorites manually...
Then, 2 days later my background screen was totaly black - no screen saver but all folders were there on black background.. and my favorites were back when on-line. Then today, a few key folders are gone...I tried a few things including doing 2-3 restores, checking "show all folders", etc etc. I did a whole computer scan with no threats.
I searched the named folders with no luck...but could locate some files - when I searched by their file name / label - , but could not open them "cannot open due to "in a location that is not available". One of the found files had this location: C:Users\temp\desktop\images\finalprintversions On my desktop, I had the "finalprintversions" folder inside the "Images" folder...but again still cannot open it and checked the temp folder inside C drive and it was not there.
Any suggestions!!??

A:A few key folders are gone from desktop...cannot locate

I think the hard drive might be going.

However, have you run a full anti-virus scan and a malware scan with Malwarebytes?

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I have just performed datarecovery on my Primary HARDDRIVE and have located all my lost data using Runtime GetDataBack can i have information on how to locate the folders and files to find all my emails on outlook ?

A:Locate email folders and files

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I cannot locate Content.IE5 on my computer to delete and clean up my files. I have tried several "Google" responses, but with no luck. Any Info would be very helpful. Thanks.

A:Content.IE5 (I can't locate to delete)

Left click on "Start" button.
Right Click on Internet Explorer (on top left)
Click on Internet Properties
from here you have the option to delete your history and delete you temp files.
You DO NOT need to go find the actual folder yourself, by the way its hidden just in case some accidentally deletes somthing that the computer ACTUALLY needs to function. this is for your protect.

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I started out with the two previous posts about macros (post 1, post 2) that move rows into columns, but I'm having a little trouble getting it to work for what I need. First, I'm trying to do a data merge into Word, but in order to get the data merge to work/look the way I want it to, I need the XLS data to be in columns.

I'm attaching an example file that has one worksheet of the sample data (though my "real" data has about 300 rows) and the other worksheet is an example of the outcome I need.

Is there anyway I can do what I need? Exporting into another file or another worksheet within this file would be fine.

Thanks in advance.

A:XLS Macro to move data to columns, delete empty rows, delete duplicate columns

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I just noticed that in my User's Files folder there were two My Documents folders, two Favorites folders, and two Desktop folders. One of each had the expected content, the other just had an ini file file I believe. I deleted the the latter set. Why were these there? Is this User's Files folder (which is in my desktop) display all content from both c:\users\myUser and d:\users\myUser ? I keep all my data on the D drive.


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Actually yes, that's exactly where they came from. Apparently that desktop folder is a view to both the c and d drive myUser folder. Ok, so that brings up my next question why do I have a myUser folder on the C drive. When I first installed Win7 64 bit ultimate I specified the d drive as where my documents should go. Thanks

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Hi There,
I Clean Out My Temporary Internet Files Manually To Avoid Clogging Up My System.

In Explore I Delete The Files In

C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

However For Some Reason All These Files Are Also Duplicated In The Folder

C:\Documents and Settings\Autorised User\Local Settings\Temp

And So Are The Cookies, History, And hsperfdata Folders And Contents Which I Then Have To Delete Also From This Temp Folder?

Why Is My Computer Making Two Copies Of These Folders In Different Locations?

I Am The Only User Of The PC And Do Not Have Multiple Users Set Up?

Can Anyone Shine Any Light On This?

P.S. What Is The hsperfdata Folder?

Many Thanks,

A:Duplicate Folders?

the hsperfdata, is to do with java and the internet.

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Somehow I have managed to have duplicate folders (My Documents) and
(User Documents) and cannot delete because they say they are system
folders. There are 2 copies of My Documents and 1 of User Documents but
all have the identical sub-folders and files in them. I have no idea how they
came about and was hoping someone has the solution to delete the ones I
don't need. I originally had XP SP1 and upgraded to SP2 Home Edition but
don't know if that had anything to do with it or not. It's not an issue I
can't live with but would like to get rid of the unnecessary junk. Does
anyone have an idea?

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I have been following the removal guide for Total Security. Once I downloaded Process Explorer, I opened the window shown in step 3. My screen doesn't show tsc.exe. Could it be hidden under a different name or somewhere else? I can't go any further in the uninstall process until I locate it. Any help is appreciated!!!

A:Trying to delete Total Security but can't locate tsc.exe

Hello doe458 and to Bleepingcomputer!I suggest you start a thread in Am I infected? What do I do? stating all your symptoms, any steps you have already taken in an attempt to solve the problem, and any other details you can provide that may prove useful. Someone should be able to help you there!~Blade

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I have been following the removal guide for Total Security. Once I downloaded Process Explorer, I opened the window shown in step 3. My screen doesn't show tsc.exe. Could it be hidden under a different name or somewhere else? I can't go any further in the uninstall process until I locate it. Any help is appreciated!!!

A:Trying to delete Total Security but can't locate tsc.exe

Please download and run Processexplorerhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspxUnder file and save as, create a log and post here copy and paste into a reply

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I used adaware.. spybot.. even the good ole Spy Sweeper but it's still log in there.. Spy Sweeper detected it but when I checked off the box it comes back I even tried Killbox.. but it didn't work maybe I am using it wrong?


location: svhost.exe
registry or start up folder: HKLM: Run
How do i delete this evil ms-update spy agent? I put in "ms-update" in my killbox thing but it didn't work Do i have to type in the whole location of it? How do i do that? thanks for your help!

A:how do i locate my SVhost To delete this Spyware?

Click here to download HJTsetup.exe: http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/HJTSetup.exe
Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.

Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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i've duplicate folders in certain folders but i can't delete them, the folder has the same name but under it there is a detail "gy". the folder shape is slight bigger and straight. what to do?

A:undeletable duplicate folders

That is a virus... Run Panda Active scan by clicking on the link below...

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I am after some software that will help me remove duplicate files.

In this case, some program seems to have recreated duplicate folders with just a file called "desktop.ini" in it. I would like to be able to search for that and remove all the corresponding duplicate folders that contain just that filename.

A:Duplicate files/folders

You meant these ?
File Explorer Options > View >
under Hidden files and fodders, dot the "Don't show........">
check the box "Hide protective operating system files >
OK when done.

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Hi, first things first, I work at a computer repair shop and this question is about a customer's computer.

It is Windows 8.1 and she has a WD My Book 1tb drive that she uses as a backup with Acronis. She brought it in mainly because she wasn't sure of how to use Acronis and for these duplicate folders.
I showed her how to use Acronis and set it up for her and just deleted the duplicates thinking it was from her trying to set up Acronis. Well the duplicates have been reoccurring for her and I can't figure out why.
Making an example might very easier than explaining in a sentence.
Many of the folders are duplicated with themselves, but not all of them. but ALL of the duplicates are inside the original one, not beside it (or however you would word that)
I am speaking to her again today at 3:30 EST and can gather more info
Backup drive D:
Folder 1
-Folder a
-Folder b
-Folder 1
---Folder a
---Folder b
Folder 2
-Folder c
-Folder d
-Folder 2
---Folder c
---Folder d
Folder 3
-Folder e
-Folder f

-Edited because I didn't realize the spacing wouldn't stick in my little diagram.. I hop it makes sense the way it is now.

A:Duplicate folders within themselves on WD My Book

They are probably from the date or time the backup is done.

I have my son's Mac Book set to have Time Machine to back up on our NAS, whenever he is connected to our network.

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Hi, I have a problem with my network folders for my dad's pc. His pc is what I primarily use to download software and such so I just network his folder so that I can gain access to downloaded files w/o going through other medias such as a flash drive etc.

Problem is that when a file is recently downloaded a lock appears on the file and is not accessible to other computers in the network, while my other computers have no problem similar to this . Also my dad's network folder has only 2 main folders that I have shared: My Documents and Downloads. But in the network folder there are around 7 copies of each folder, i.e. Downloads~1 - Downloads~7 all with the same contents and such and its cluttering the network folder . What do I do to repair this? I have tried unsharing the folder and sharing it again with no luck.

Any help w/ this matter is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:Duplicate Folders in Network

Please help, this problem is driving me nuts!

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Got a handed down Windows 7 laptop from the Boss. I created an Administrative account for myself. The computer still has the Boss's name locked in as the Computer owner....with all of the Windows folders under his name. I deleted all of his old files, but now every file I create shows up in his folders too. I took possession of his folders but I can NOT delete any of his content in his folders without my content being deleted at the same time. How can I rid myself of this problem. He does NOT show up as a User.

Windows 7 Pro 32 Bit

A:Duplicate User Folders

What is the make and model number of the computer?

Does it have a Recovery Partition on the hard drive or did it come with a Windows 7 install DVD? If so, the best thing to do would be to do a recovery to factory state via the Recovery partition of a clean install using the DVD.

This will save you a lot of ongoing problems in the future.

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This is about a week old Win8.1 install, I don't know when this occured or what caused it but I only noticed it today.

This is what the library folders and such look like:
If I click restore defaults on both of them, I get this:
The problem seems to be that the music library think it's the picture library, even when I restore all the defaults everywhere - I've tried changing the included library folders to be 'optimized for music/pictures' and other options like that but nothing seems to have any affect on fixing it. Unfortunately it seems impossible to simply right click / rename one of the 'rogue' folders displayed in My Computer and fix it, I can't actually find any way to change them so I have no idea how I even caused it to happen in the first place, but it must have been when I was initially setting the libraries up to point to the correct folders on my storage drive (D:/)

Anyone know how I can fix this?
Thanks in advance.

A:'My Computer' Duplicate Folders

Why does the title of explorer.exe say "Limiting Factor"?

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Hi, This is a problem i have never come across before and have found pretty much nothing that would help online, i have seen similar problems but not quite like this, let me explain.

installed windows 7 ultimate 64bit on a HDD leaving one of my other HDD's with the original XP install and then installed easyBCD to create a boot manager so i could have the choice as some programs i have and need are in the XP install.

Things seemed fine and no issues for at least a month and at that time i no longer needed the XP drive to run as a bootable partition so i removed it from easyBCD, reset the boot command line to what it should be and then removed easyBCD.

noticing after a few weeks that my F: drive (one previously used for XP) has its own documents and settings folder with a duplicate of the windows 7 user folder from the main C: partition so i figured its just a duplicate and i will remove it, so to test it was safe to delete i went into the desktop folder in the duplicate user profile folder in F:\Documents and Settings and deleted one item, this is where it gets weird because it deleted the file off the desktop meaning that the user profile folder in C:\Users and F:\Documents and settings are not just copies but act like they are both the main user folder, doesnt matter which you delete from, it will remove that item from both folders, i really need to kill the duplicate and sever the link to the F: drive.

I have hunted through the registry and have been unable to find any... Read more

A:Duplicate User Folders

Go through the wiki article NTFS junction point for NTFS file systems.

Windows 7 has created a junction to C:\Users on the F: drive where you had windows XP. You have to delete the junction point (Top folder only) in F: and not delete file by file as this will cause you to lose the files in C:\Users also.

Read this post Very strange issue for more information on this topic.

To locate the junction point open a command prompt window and do a DIR command in F: drive. You will see <Junction> for a junction point whereas for normal folders you will see <DIR>. Do not use DEL command in the Command Prompt window to delete the Junction. Locate the Junction and then delete that folder in Windows Explorer.

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I had to reinstall my Vista OS. I backed up several folders in an external hard disk, applications and downloads. Now I have many duplicates and is difficult to find all of them. Is there any tool that I can run and do that job for me?


A:Duplicate folders elimination

Take a look here: http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/duplicate-file-finder/

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Sorry if this answer is here but I couldn't find it.

As you can see in the images I have two Deke folders and everthing I save to my one under C:\Users\Deke goes to Desktop\Deke. I delete something out of one and it is gone from the other one. It acts like a mirrow backup.

What to do?

I haven't posted in awhile and it looks like you can't post an image directly from your pc.

When I click on Windows Exployer I see :

Sxxxxxxxxx5 (C):
Programs Files

I can expand both Dekes out and they have the same sub-folders.

I am running as the Administrator and no other user accounts show up in the Control Panes under System.

Sorry about the mess.

PS-Bare with me as I made the jump from W98se to Vista Home Premium at the age of 68.

A:Duplicate User Folders

Guess I didn't look hard enough as I think I found the answer and if it is correct I will leave these duplicate folders alone.

According to the answer of the poster in the following link they acutally don't use the same resources but are like a shortcut(his term).


Does his answer seem correct to you?

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Folks, I need a bit of help.

I have 3 machines on a wired home network. Each computer is running a different windows OS. Machine A is XP, machine B is Vista64/ultimate, machine C is Windows7/64.

I've got one master file on B which I use as the shared file. It's located in My Documents and it's called "Shared Network Documents".

When I use machine C, the W7/64, I can go to the orb, computer, and select machine B (the vista machine) under "network". When I do that, I see 14 shared folders.

They are:

The last one, called "SharedNetwor" is the one I really use all the time.

How do I eliminate all the ~ folders?

This has to be something fairly basic, but I haven't found a solution anywhere.


A:Duplicate folders appear over network

Hmm, it's worse than I thought.

Remember, computer B, the vista machine, is the one I want to use as the physical repository for my shared files.

Sitting at computer C, the W7 machine, I can see computer B's network files as I listed them above. However, I can alos see computer C under network. That seems odd. I'm at C and it's listed under network. I opened up computer C under network and it shows 52 shared folders. That's about 51 more than I want.

They use the same "name~#" format as above. In this case there are 5 folders which have up to ~12 copies.

This is crazy!! How do I get rid of all this?


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My Laptop has created duplicate but empty document folders under my user name's files. Long with my normal Music, Pictures, Downloads, Favorites etc, My system has created not one but four Document folders. It will not allow me to delete the three empty folder. Anyone have an Idea

A:Duplicate Document Folders

Hello and welcome to TSG.

Unfortunately you have posted in a non-tech forum. Until you specify what operating system you have, and provide more information I'm going to move this to the XP forum for now. When you tell us what OS you have you can then request what forum you want your thread moved to.

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Hello & HELP!

When opening MS Outlook 2000 (IMO) it said Personal Folders couldn't be located and asked to remake the folder. "Yes" was our incorrect response.

When email opened there were then two complete Personal Folders, the original old one and, now, the new one. All with the basic folders (Sent, etc).

All email is going into the new Inbox where no folders are set up and where the rules are not applying. All sent email is going into the new Sent folder.

I don't want the new Personal Folders, I want my old one to be the only one.

How can I get rid of this new intruder Personal Folders, etal???

Thank You

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This is a new tablet and I am just getting used to win8.1 .

I messed up when I moved folders from being stored in c:\ to d:\.
I now have duplicate folders for pictures, video's etc in Drive D:\
How do I correct this ? Can I delete all the folders in D and start again? ( this is a new computer and there is no content in any of these folders)
I also notice that in file explorer I have three main folders with almost the same subfolder structure . The folders are:
a) Myname ( with a picture icon) . Subfolders : Tablet name > documents, music etc
b) Myname: Subfolders : contacts, desktop,favorites, skydrive etc
c) This PC : subfolders: documents, downloads , folders that contain places I connected to through my network) , . C:/, D:/ , libraries etc
Why so many duplicates ? How can I clean this up so there is only the This PC ( I believe this was the original Folder before I messed around ) .

Very puzzled and appreciate help in clening up this mess I created.


A:Venue Pro 11 win 8.1 duplicate folders

Restore it to factory settings & start over.
Just my opinion.

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After a windows update I now have duplicated folders (not contents) in my profile folder. If I view c:/users/profile then the duplicates are not there. If I just click the Profile link then they are. - 2 Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favourites, Music, Pictures, Videos. Interestingly enough there is not a duplicate Links , Contacts or Saved Games, AppData or Searches.

The original content is still intact in the original folders but my profile is accessing the new ones so all of my program settings, browser profiles etc are inaccessible using the normal methods.

Also if I navigate to desktop then it shows links that don't show if I view my desktop.

A few weeks ago after an update Vista did a similar thing but started using a temporary profile even when I logged in fine so I couldn't access thigns, I created a new profile and copied stuff across. Now this! Arghhh, I hate windows, you never get this crap with *nix stuff.

Anyway, rant over, anyone any idea? I'm tearing my hair out and google hasn't helped. I'm not a tech noob but I don't have any real insight into how Vista does these things, I do web development not windows.



A:Duplicate folders in profile

Hello Paul,

Vista did this once to me too. Just close all open programs, and navigate to C:\Users\AccountName and delete all of the new folders Vista has created (all the new empty ones, not your own ones) Now log out and back in again and the problem should be fixed.


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I accidently deleted Windows Live Messenger from my laptop. However, some folders/files have remained in some well hidden folder(s) on my 'C' drive and I cannot find them. When I try to download Windows Live Messenger again from the website it says I already have it installed. I've used the search function in my start menu but cannot locate anything having to do with Windows Live Messenger anywhere on my 'C' drive. Can anyone tell me where to find all the Windows Live Messenger folders/files so I can completely delete them all so I can download and install it again???

P.S.: I did a system restore but that did not help.

A:Solved: Need to Locate All Windows Live Messenger Folders/Files

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Been using Glary's Utilities 3 to clean things up. When I ran its "Duplicate" cleaner, there were many duplicates with iTunes and my pictures. My problem is that I don't know which to delete and which to keep. Here are screen shots to give you an idea of what the duplicate scan showed (BTW, there are many other areas where there are a mess of duplicates,but to keep things simple-I hope, I've only shown those duplicates that may take up a lot of space:

A:Which duplicate(s) to delete?

Flycaster mate cannot see any screenshots? so cannot comment.

Personally I am not that overly keen on add on software like Glary but it's your choice.

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duplicate - delete


at the top right of your post, click on the Edit button. At the top of the page you will see a check box marked Delete. Check it and then click the Delete Now button!

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In the navigation pane on the left in Outlook 2010 I am getting a duplicate set of folders for one account. I have deleted .pst files and tried to stop the account but the only way I can get rid of the duplicate is to totally remove the account and thereby the folders that I want as well. I have searched Internet forums till my brain hurts but have found no solution. Help - please.

A:Duplicate folders in Outlook 2010

With 2010 if one is NOT carful, each email address will have it's own PST file.

I do NOT remember what is asked when setting up a new email address.

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After upgrading from Window 7 Home Premium to Professional, I noticed that I now have two Program Files folders.  One has the designation "(x86)" behind it.  They are not quite identical, but most of the folders in the original are also in the new folder and the duplicates are the same size.  This seems like an awful waste of hard drive space.  How do I get rid of the duplicates?

A:Duplicate Program Files folders

Strongly urge you NOT to try removing it.You have installed 64-bit Windows, and the dual 'Program files' structure is 'by design'.  32-bit software programs, by default, install to the 'Program files (x86)' folder.  This is to minimise or eliminate the risk of having both 32-bit and 64-bit installs of the same program present, and their installation files creating conflicts and/or performance problems.Some software applications programs install both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the program, so you should leave the structure as it is.  If, on your machine, the contents are almost entirely 'duplicated' then that must mean that a large proportion of the software you have installed installs both platform versions.  On a machine here I just then checked, the (64-bit) Program Files folder was approximately 3Gb in size, whilst the (32-bit) Program Files (x86) folder was approximately 11Gb in size.It's not "waste", you can be sure of that!

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HP s7220n Slimline. Did an F10 system restore (inadvertanly) and system was restored with a secondary HP Owners Documents folder (HP_Owner.YOUR-27E1513D96). Tried to run Norton and it went into some weird black mode that said emergency repair system scan when it finished...black screen with a blinking line. Escaped rebooted and ran F10 AGAIN hopeing it would help. NOT! Now I have TWO Hp owner folders (the second (HP_Owner.YOUR-27E1513D96.000) in my system, both of which are for the most part identical. I tried to remove the second and it would not let me saying the folder contained part of windows system.?!
It also seems to be creating trouble installing/uninstalling. I am certainly not a tech but I can usually find my way around a PC within reason but I am stumped here!! Is there a way to remove at least one of these secondary folders containing system files or should I just back up whats important and call it a wash and reformat/reinstall??

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Some how or other I ended up with the default Junk mail folder and an added Junk folder. It appears here and on my ipad & iPhone in outlook. You can't right click and delete the folder. each time I delete the email notifying me of the duplicate boxes, I receive another. This probably is not a windows 10 issue, but I give up. I've tried everything. Uninstall/install app. You name it I've done it. HELP!

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Maybe this will be an easy question. I converted to xp from ME and am currently running sp1. It seems that when I converted to XP it created many duplicates of files and folders. For instance, there are about 4 places I can go to find cookies, ie history. All under the same user name, some are always empty others have data. There are many other folders with the same issue.

At the same time there are some folders I know are in the system somewhere but can't find them in the files they should be. I suspect they are in another duplicate file somewhere.

Is there a simple way to clean this up?

A:lots of duplicate empty folders?

hey fwtex,

you got a weird one here. one thing you could try to see if the duplicate folders are needed or not is to rename them to something else. then restart the computer and start just doing normal stuff, and see if you get any error messages. if no error messages popup then it should be safe to delete the folders. I'm thinking if the folders are empty then it should be safe to delete.

I'm guessing your xp is running fat32 and not ntfs (because you upgraded to xp from me). if i were you i would have backed up my data, did a format, and did a fresh xp install using ntfs, but that's just my opinion.

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My All Users profile shortcuts and Current User profile shortcuts aren't merging into one folder in the start menu's All Programs. There are two of each: Accessories, Administration Tools, and Maintenance folders. I've tried fiddling around with the All Users and Current User Start Menu folders but nothing I do merges the two profiles into one. I've also looked in the Local Group Policies to no avail.

Questions:What Windows 7 mechanism controls the merging of the All Users and Current User profiles into one folder in the All Programs Start Menu?
What steps should I take to correct this problem?
first time post. Be kind!

A:Start/All Programs has duplicate folders

Hello and welcome SugarMountain mate may seem rather a daft query but do you need both accounts if not switch the guest one off

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My OS is Vista Home Basic and I have duplicate folders of the same size and with the same sub-folders (couple of them Hidden such as AppData), one on the desktop and the other in the C: drive. Can I remove the one on the desktop without affecting the other one? Thanks.


A:Is it safe to remove duplicate folders

I think you don't have duplicate folders.

The files in Your desktop and your documents are physically stored on c:\users\user name folder.

Your desktop is just a mirror for that location. Hope this will help

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for some reason in my "D" Drive there are duplicate folders for music videos downloads documents under Basem Khawaja(my name ,user's folder? )this user's folder is listed or opens up when I click on my name on the desktop folder(Basem Khawaja) also they are listed separately too . I would like to just keep only one of them . If I delete the duplicate individual folder i.e.VIDEOS that will delete the VIDEOS folder that is listed in the Basem Khawaja Folder as well.

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