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How to find & delete duplicate files

Q: How to find & delete duplicate files

I wonder can anyone recommend a free program out there that can find duplicate files, pictures etc on a computer? I found some but I am not sure if they are SpyFree and VirusFree.

Preferred Solution: How to find & delete duplicate files

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: How to find & delete duplicate files

Hi mamma,You can try this freeware :http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-M...le-Finder.shtml

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I am getting rid of my wifes old iphone and I have transferred all of the pictures and videos from it to this computer. The problem is I think I have tons of duplicates now since I am pretty sure I had transferred them all a while ago. How can I check the computer for duplicate pictures and whats the fastest way to delete the duplicates? They are in different places on the computer but the most recent I put in a folder on the desktop. I would hate to delete a picture since 99% of them are of my daughter from when she was born to now basically.

A:how to find and delete duplicate images/videos?

Hello Nikeman123

I think DoubleKiller - find and remove duplicate files (Big Bang enterprises) is what you're looking for. Small yet effective.

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I have scads of images and videos, etc, with a lot of duplicates. Some of them are necessary: I have two external drives with backups of important family stuff, travel, etc. (plus backed up on Google Drive.) Yeah, I'm paranoid about losing priceless stuff.....is there a good tool/online service/something that I can use to ferret out all the duplicates and safely delete what I don't need? I recently saw a product that promised to do that but it's $50 and before trying that I wanted to post here first. Thanks!

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I have an extremely large file and I need to match off values within rows that are equal to each other and delete the rows with matching values.

For e.g. Column D and Column H have the same numerical value
so the row needs to be deleted

Please help!

A:Macro to find duplicate values within same row and delete that row if they match

I forgot to mention that I do not want the Macro to include blanks
Only if there are actual numerical values in the cells of Column D and Column H

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Is there a good free program or way of deleting duplicate music files, simply?

Thanks for any help!

A:Trying to Delete Duplicate MP3 files

right click on the file and choose delete

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Is there a good free program or way of deleting duplicate music files, simply?

Thanks for any help!

A:Trying to Delete Duplicate MP3 files

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Hi! I use the free version of CCleaner to list duplicate files, many of which are dll or java script files along with a few dic files. Almost all of them in a group have the same name, size and creation date, but have different paths. Those paths share an initial path, but then differ to one or two different sub-folders.
So my question is this: which, if any, of the dupes can be deleted? In other words, if I retain the highest level of a file and delete the dupes in its sub-folder, am I asking for trouble?
Thank you very much: I'm glad I found your site!
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Total Physical RAM: 16 GB
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A:Which duplicate dll files to delete?

Leave them alone. DLL type files take up very little room and you run a VERY real risk of messing something up.
CCleaner is a fine program however do not use the registry cleaner part nor the part you are attempting to use.

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I ran CCleaner and it found lots of duplicate files on my laptop. Should i delete the duplicates?

A:should i delete duplicate files on my computer?

Hi, That is one of the weak part of Windows - and other software. Each software creates its own folder and it normally uses that folder to run. Windows should be smart enough to store common files in only one spot but it can't work this out ! You can delete them BUT please note them where they are because you may have restore them back for other programs. My suggestion: keep them, few hundred megabytes now are just a piece of cake. Regards.

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My ie "favorites" bookmarks are endlessly duplicating and cannot be deleted.  Is there any way to save my bookmarks and get rid of the copies?   

A:Duplicate ie favorites files - cannot delete

Click start, run, type %userprofile%\Favorites and press enter. See what's going on in there with Windows Explorer.

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My friend has 3 or 4 hard drives with personal files that she wants me to combine into one hard drive. She says there will be many duplicate files and we need to eliminate them. What would be the best way to go about doing that? Thanks

A:Find and eliminate duplicate files

If you wish, you can use: FreeFileSync | Free backup software to synchronize files and synchronize folders on Windows
Install the program and setup the 1st drive to sync to the new drive then subsequently for the 2nd, 3rd etc...

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Hello and thank you for fielding my question.
I installed "find duplicate files easily" and when i ran it it moved a large part of my files to a directory
the desktop. I had set it to only copy but it still moved them. The program goes by other names like mp3
organizer, or file organizer. They have many websites using names like findduplicatepictures, mp3s, FindDuplicateFiles.org,
IdealSorter.com, Teklora.com. Teklora seems to be the main company. What the program does is it organizes your
files for you basically it moves everything to a folder on your desktop, even when you specify it only copy.
The trial version has a 99 file limit. After that limit you have to wait an increasing amount of time before you
can continue. Needless, to say, i have way more than 99 duplicates and was up to waiting a long time between prompts before
I figured out how to stop it. You have to click on the prompt to continue then real fast go to your tray icons and
tell the program to stop. Those prompts keep asking you to register to eliminate the delay. I figure most people
won't want to wait and eventually buy the program just to avoid clicking forever. Now that I have stopped it
I can't find a way to undo the file moving. So now all my files are out-of-order on a folder on my desktop arranged
by file extension and date. Numerous emails to their support over the past week have resulted in no response.
Does anyone know how to undo what this scam program did? I ... Read more

A:Find duplicate files easily

I've never heard of that program. Have you tried a system restore to get back to where you started ?

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i have several gigabites of music files most in mp3 format.is there a software or tool to search for duplicates and delete them, or i can delete them? free software preferred.

A:tool to delete duplicate music files like mp3's

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Is there a program or a way to locate and delete duplicate files? I seem to have a lot of duplicates and my hard disk is getting full.

A:Program to delete duplicate programs/files?

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 4:58:54 PM, on 04/19/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBLive\Creative Diagnostics 2.0\DIAGENT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hp\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G USB Wireless Network Monitor\InfoMyCa.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM+\AIM+.exe
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Southwest Airlines\Ding\Ding.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony\Sony Picture Utility\VolumeWatcher\SPUVolumeWatcher.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G USB Wireless Network Monitor\WLService.exe
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A:Help my parents tried to delete duplicate files and fouled this up...

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I use SkyDrive as my cloud storage and have 5GB of files in it.

But I want it to be IN THE CLOUD and hidden, not accesible to everyone using my laptop and not duplicate copies of the files in my hard disk (actually triplicate copies).

For example, let's say my 3GB music collection. I keep a copy in my hard disk within "My Music", a copy in the cloud in Skydrive, but now I have a third copy in my hard disk within the Skydrive folder, which I didn't want and I wasn't asked about.

Microsoft assumed I want this third copy for some reason and downloaded everything automatically to this Skydrive folder. Great.

So, the first thing I do is uninstalling Skydrive, if I want to upload something I do it via browser, but the folder and copy of my files is still there.

My question is, can I delete those files, my music collection and so on without deleting at the same time the copy in the cloud? I mean, if I delete them here they will be deleted in the cloud too?

Thanks in advance.

A:Can I delete the SkyDrive duplicate files in my laptop?

Copied this from the skydrive FAQ.
What does the SkyDrive folder do?

When you install the SkyDrive desktop app for Windows, a copy of your SkyDrive is downloaded to your PC and put in theSkyDrive folder. This folder is kept in sync with SkyDrive. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder on SkyDrive.com, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted in your SkyDrive folder and vice versa.

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I'm running Windows XP on my laptop and my hard drive is almost full. I have been trying to delete files, but everytime I try to delete a file, a duplicate file is created. How can I delete files permanently without creating duplicate files?

A:Can't delete files without a duplicate file appearing

When you right-click the file and select Delete, a copy of the file is made?

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I have been transferrring files between an 8TB External and a 4 TB portable drive. So I have a lot of duplicate files and folders between the directories I am storing them in on both drives.

How can I compare the 2 directories and find the duplicates.

(different directories on different drives)

CC Cleaner won't do it (at least not the free version)

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After upgrading from XP to Windows 7 (on a new computer) and making several abortive attempts to transfer my Outlook Express Folders and Addresses to Outlook, I have succeeded in making thousands of duplicates before finally "getting it right." Is there an easy way to globally delete duplicates rather than doing them one at a time?

I suppose I could delete all the folders and addresses and start over with the successful transfer method. If I did this how would the deletion process work? The latter method kind of scares me because I have over 14 years of data invoved.

Thanks for any suggestions.

A:Delete Duplicate Files and Addresses in Outlook 2007

Quote: Originally Posted by midjack

After upgrading from XP to Windows 7 (on a new computer) and making several abortive attempts to transfer my Outlook Express Folders and Addresses to Outlook, I have succeeded in making thousands of duplicates before finally "getting it right." Is there an easy way to globally delete duplicates rather than doing them one at a time?

I suppose I could delete all the folders and addresses and start over with the successful transfer method. If I did this how would the deletion process work? The latter method kind of scares me because I have over 14 years of data invoved.

Thanks for any suggestions.

What I would do is export the addresses from Outlook Express to a Excel spreadsheet. Check them and make sure it looks complete. Go into your Outlook Address Book. You can hold down Shift and Page Down and it will highlight all adresses. When they are all highlighted, just hit delete. That should get rid of them. You can then import the spreadsheet with the correct Address Book and you should be in shape. It shouldn't take too long.

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Hi folks

I want to find duplicate files on my network drive, i know how to do it on local drive, I use an application called Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, but the problem is that this app only detects local drives (C), it doesn't detect my network drive.

How can i find duplicate files on my network hard drive?
are there some applications to do so? or windows itself can do it?


A:Find Duplicate files on network hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by alibahaloo

Hi folks

I want to find duplicate files on my network drive, i know how to do it on local drive, I use an application called Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, but the problem is that this app only detects local drives (C), it doesn't detect my network drive.

How can i find duplicate files on my network hard drive?
are there some applications to do so? or windows itself can do it?


Hi alibahaloo , Have you tried this free software Find and remove duplicate files with Duplicate Cleaner

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Can anybody recommend a free tools for Windows to find duplicate pictures/files.....?


A:Free tool to find duplicate pictures/files.

You could try one of these:

Duplicate Cleaner - Find Duplicate Files

Duplicate & Same Files Searcher

Both are mentioned in this thread (on this very website), which is a great source of free software:

FREE Great Programs for Windows 7 [2]

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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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Hi ,
I recently installed Glary utilities + used the duplicate file finder.
Their are quite a number of duplicates RE/
Music match juke box , it appears the dupes are from an update.
+ Interactual Player-- I'm not familiar with this program which seems to be loaded when I watched a dvd on my computer.( This is what I think i learned from google.)
Can I figure out if I even need this software?

How do I figure out which dupes to delete.

See the attached screen shot.
Thanks for your help + Looking.

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I got a malware pack that the antivirus software I have used (awdware, norton, hitman pro,malwarebytes) can't get rid of. I am trying to manually uninstall it, but cannot find the files specified by the tutorials.
% %ProgramData%\*.
%windir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Temp\ Monkeytize.tlb
are some examples.
Is this because it's built off a different version of windows?

A:I can't find the files I need to delete to get rid of some malware

I have monkeytize, sv9 dilvery67 and more

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Hi all, I want to find and delete files that are taking up space. I mainly want to find large files that I'm unaware of.

I've already run the Windows 10 app "Disk Clean Up" and it deleted about 2GB worth of files.

Any help would be great!

A:How To Find And Delete Unnecessary Files?

I don't want to install a 3rd party app as this would mean I'm giving the app access to all of my files...

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I have no idea what category to put this in so thought id just post here..

I believe I have a corrupt file(maybe multiple) in a folder of photos and videos that I transferred from my iPhone to my new PC.
I unfortunately deleted the pictures and videos from my iPhone before I realized there was a problem with the folder on my PC. So I don't have another copy of theses photos and videos

So i was just wondering if there was anyways of finding the corrupt file(s) and fixing them? (if i cant fix them, just delete them without effecting the other files?)

Hope this makes sense.

thanks in advance!

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Ran RAV antivirus after kids on computer. Says to remove the following two files manually, but I can't find them. I have searched almost every portion of the string and can't find them on my computer. Any suggestions?

C:\Documents and Settings\Denise\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\MSN\db\Mail ([email protected])\stm0x3000010.000->(NameExploit*) - MIME/NameExploit*

C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-355755893-3793218682-3410563497-1008\Dc18.61->(NameExploit*) - MIME/NameExploit*

A:Solved: How do I find these files to delete them?

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this is not for my computer, it is my sisters and its been a while since i have looked at it much less sat and explored what it has and hasnt got

the computer is about 5 yrs old and they have only just got internet so things are incredibly out of date. i have (i think) managed to get her to start the updates through windows at least. she lives an hour away from me and so this help is all over the phone. she is INCREDIBLY computer illiterate so the way you give help explaining everything is wonderful.
unfortunately her partner did not listen to a word i said and went ahead and explored the internet with NO safety in place and went to child inappropriate site which are in my opinion and experience well known for their viruses

when she called me a couple of nights ago she had a selection of images and 3 other files on her desktop and a variety of pop ups while you are trying to use the computer. some of which could be deleted however would pop up on the screen and put themselves back on the desktop. the 3 files however could not be deleted as they were in use. coincidentally the files are called spam and troj

i got her to disable system restore as i know from past experience that this can cause viruses to reinfect if they are in the restore folder

we installed and ran avg which picked up 34 infections and managed to get rid of the images and keep them away (at least for now).
we installed and ran spybot search and destroy, which found issues and fixed... Read more

A:cant delete files in use but cant find them running???

bump please and thanks

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a while ago someone told me how to get rid of all my temp files while in SAFE MODE by going to START, then RUN and then typing in a command that i simply cannot recall. i've tried *TEMP*, *TMP*, *.TMP*......and many other variations, to no avail. could someone tell me what the correct command is?

i just spent a couple of hours trying to see if my question was already addressed, but had no luck finding anything. forgive me if it's there, i just couldn't find it.

thank you very much.


A:how to find & delete all temp files in pc

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I used the free Stop Sign virus/threat scanner to scan files and it concluded that these are my problem files C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\winoxhp.exe <BackDoor.DSNX>
Gator <SpyWare>
Advertising <Spyware Cookies>
SaveNow <SpyWare>
ValueClick <Spyware Cookies>
Servedby <Spyware Cookies>
MediaPlex <Spyware Cookies>
EHG.HitBox <Spyware Cookies>
HG1.HitBox <Spyware Cookies>
STD.HitBox <Spyware Cookies>
FastClick <Spyware Cookies>
DoubleClick <Spyware Cookies>
BFast <Spyware Cookies>
It says that these files are infected and I don't know how to delete them or locate them. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks

A:How do delete virus infected files from my computer if I don't know how to find them

Download StartupList and Spybot Search & Destroy from

Once both programs are installed, run Spybot first. It will search for and remove spyware components from your computer. Basically anything it finds is safe to delete. Then run StartupList. It will create a list of everything starting when your computer boots up. Paste the contents back to this thread.

If you have been infected with the spyware called new.net, do not remove it with Adware. Instead try going to the Add/Remove Control Panel, find New.net and uninstall from there. If this is unsuccessful, follow the instructions at

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...and some other problems.

I downloaded some .exe file earlier today that installed all this crap on my computer. I've been cleaning it up for hours literally. I've gone down my list of programs in Add/Remove Programs and there is one called IE Host that I can't get rid of. When I click uninstall, it does something where it says 'downloing uninstaller' (yes downloing), then it asks me why I'm uninstalling and then says uninstall complete but it's still there and if I click uninstall again, that process starts again.

I ran Spybot and AdAware and was able to get rid of a bunch of it but there are two files that are set to run at startup that I can see by going to msconfig but I can't find the actual files to delete and no virus scan or program will pick up the files to delete. Even if I uncheck them to run at startup, one of them runs every time I start Internet Explorer. I'm also getting a pop up that asks me if I want to keep running scripts and the URL is something like oinadserve.com. The files are:

[Tygsi] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\yvb.exe
[Reoe] C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\tbar.exe

Here's my Hijack This log file:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 8:59:36 PM, on 12/25/2004
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\EXPLOR... Read more

A:Can't Find Infected Files To Delete In SYSTEM Folder

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I have a pre-owned Laptop PC running Windows XP. The owner left the OS & essential apps. on the computer, which I want to keep there -but he/she also left images (mostly just desktop backgrounds & screensavers) that I can't find via the Windows Explorer search-tool.

Please recommend the best file-management app. (AKA Total Commander or XYplorer) to use in order to find the hidden images that only show up when I go through the list of pics in Control Panel > Display-window (in the Screensavers & Backgrounds categories).

I've been trying to find these images for a while so I could finally delete them. 1 of them is a background-image that shows up before my desktop & icons appear (when logging into WinXP). Please help me. I appreciate your time & patience for reading about this problem.

A:Solved: Please help me: Find & delete hidden image-files on XP

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Norton antivirus has found winAd.AA but can't fix/quarantine the file. I want to delete it manualy, but can't reach the path. I have checked options Show hidden files and unchecked Hide protected operating system files in Folder options, but still the folder is not there. (path is something like: temporary internet files/content.IE5...). Now what to do???

A:hot to find and delete files found by norton antiviurs program?

Delete your temporary internet files. Also did you delete it with Norton, since it couldn't fix/quarantine it??...if not run Norton again and when it is finished make sure you delete it.

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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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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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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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I am using WLM in W7 x 64 bit on my desktop. Recently several duplicate contacts have appeared in my contacts list.
I have tried to delete them by right clicking on the duplicate contact, but in every case the 'delete contact' is greyed out.

Can you please help ?

A:Delete duplicate contacts in WLM

Hello mate now the first that comes to mind is that you run these if you haven't already
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2

if those do not fix the problem then a scan with these - just to eliminate anything untoward that may be lurking
ADW download from bleeping computer delete any rubbish found with the malware scans
(with ADW if you are running Kaspersky it will throw it up as malware just override Kaspersky by ignoring it or disabling it for the duration of the scan)

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Hi, Is there such a program as a free duplicate photo finder out there for download? I have a ton of duplicate photos on my hard drive and need to delete them. Thanks.

A:Delete duplicate photos

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Duplicate post, please delete

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Hi there,

I told my buddy I wanted to reformat my computer. He went to do that by installing a new Windows 7 64 bit for me, but somehow, I now am operating on the new Windows 7 but my old Windows 7 still exist and is taking up enough space in my hard drive to annoy me

Can someone please let me know how I can delete the old Windows from my hard drive? I'm having to install all the old applications I used to have (Quickbooks, Photoshop etc) and it's eating up the hard drive space due to double applications.

Thanks for the help!

A:How Do I Delete An Old Duplicate Windows?

Hello Tony, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sure thing. The tutorial below can help show you how to delete the Windows.old folder.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,

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Thanks!! I was making a backup copy of My Dvd and it was going to a tempory file "C:/Docume~/HiComputer/locale~1/Temp"

Well was i was burning it couldn't burn successfully and gave me a error message so try to do it again.. Same message.. BUT the thing was I had like 4 or 5 gbs of Hard Drive space before this and Now it is all gone!! I think in the middle of the unsuccessful burning it didn't delete those files.. Where Can i locate this File so i can delete it? I try to look in the C: drive for that name but couldn't find it..
Thanks for your help!!

A:Can someone help me find my "Docume" file so i can delete the temp files...

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Hi so I was changing my password on my hotmail account.( i know old school ) My administrator account  windows is linked with my homail account. I changed the password on my mobile device. And when i turn my laptop I wasn't able to login. Therefore
I opened another account with the changed password.
Now whenever I turn on my laptop there's two administrator accounts. I'm not able to delete one of them. Please help

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I reinstalled XP Pro to another directory and now I have two installed. How do I delete the original operating system in the Windows folder. It tells me it is a system folder and will not let me delete it.

Donald Spinks

A:how do i delete duplicate operating systems

You should be able to delete the folder unless some of your programs are using it.

If you are using a FAT32 file system use a Dos boot disk to access the command prompt and delete the folder from there.

If you are using NTFS then use the recovery console to delete it.

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Running Windows XP Pro on several computers here. Only *one* of them has this problem:

Everytime I create a desktop icon, the computer adds a second identical icon on the desktop. The second icon can't be deleted. When I try to delete it, I get the error message "Cannot read from the source file or disk."

What gives? Any help appreciated. Thanx.

A:Duplicate shortcuts on desktop ... can't delete

I'm wondering if a simple scan disk won't fix the problem. ScanDisk checks your hard drive for errors and then fixes them.

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I want to free up space on my hard drive, so I ran a duplicate files finder.
I have several duplicate copies of (large) driver files.  I would think that I only need one.  One of the folders with drivers is c:\drivers.  I use Windows 7, so I imagine I need that folder.  I also have folders with some duplicate drivers:  \documents\double driver backup and \dell\drivers. 
Do I need those last two?

A:Duplicate drivers; which folder(s) can I delete?

You should keep the c:\drivers.  You can delete the others, but if you need to delete because you are running low on hard drive space you really need to install a larger hard drive.  Considering the price of hard drives, now, there is no reason to have to delete, etc, because of drive space.

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