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Q: Lost folder contents

Working on my Acer Aspire yesterday, I went to open a file in Photoshop and couldn't find the file in the folder where I knew it was located. Furthermore, none of the files previously located in that folder were there anymore either, though the folder itself was in its proper location in the file hierarchy. After searching desperately around, I finally found the missing files in an entirely different folder. That folder had always been there, but with nothing in it. What Gives? Anybody?

Preferred Solution: Lost folder contents

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A: Lost folder contents

Windows 7 is stealing folder contents now.

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Well here's my current situation:

Been trying to combat some issues, my previous posts can be found Here:

While I was running my GMER scan, I started to have a huge issue with another virus. "Data Restore"

I ran MBAM to remove the virus, which I have done successfully, but now all of my desktop icons are completely gone, all my shortcuts on my bottom bar are gone, as well as the ones on my start menu. Had very important things in the folders on my desktop, and now they're all missing.

Edit: Looks like ALL of my folders in my computer are empty, or showing AS empty. However, I CAN find the files if I search for them individually, but my desktop is blank, and any folder I open is empty...


A:All folder contents lost?

OH LORD, I'm as daft as they were clever... "They" being whoever created the virus I got rid of... Made all of my files and folders to be set as Hidden. Fixed the problem myself with your helpful guide found here:

Thank you and I'm sorry for the pointless post!

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I have a slave drive (E drive for me) where I store all of my non system folders and files. Photos, doc, etc. While looking for something the other day I noticed that one of the folders that I regularly use was not accessible. It is a folder directly off the root directory. There are MANY other 'same type' folders in this root directory that seem unaffected. And while checking, I found a couple other folders that are also not accessible.
I have a lot of data potentially at risk here and I am VERY worried that it may not be recoverable. When I click on one of these problem folders, after a long pause, a message pops up asking me about formatting this drive. Of course I click no.
I right clicked on the drive letter, properties and selected check disk for errors, this prompted me to reboot so CHKDSK could work at startup.
While that was going I saw on the screen "File record segment xxxxx is unreadable"
Then "deleting an index entry from index $0 of file 25"
Wondering if there's anything else I can do to recover this section of the drive that may be in trouble. Why would one folder be fine and the next one in the list be corrupt. and then the next 5 be fine and then one not? Very strange - happened overnight too - one day working one day not. And no other changes were made to the system. The only thing I've done on this system lately is to dump photos from a digital camera onto another drive.
Any help would be appreciated.

A:Lost Folder Contents

have you defragged the drive lately ?

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Hello, first I want to apologize up front if this topic has already been posted with the problem resolution as well. I have searched throughout the networking and sharing threads but was unable to find what I'm looking for...

I have two computers in my home, a Tower PC and a Laptop both running Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit. Both computers use the same usernames and passwords to log-in to each respective computer locally.
Both PC's are in the same HomeGroup using the same HomeGroup password.

I'm attempting to access the user folder on my laptop remotely from my Desktop. I'm sharing the user folder on the laptop and the permissions are as follows:
Username: Owner
HomeGroup: Read/Write
Everyone: Read/Write --->recently added 'Everyone' in the hope that I'd be able to change the contents of the remote user folder from the desktop... In this case, I'm attempting to rename a folder within the remote user directory..

--When I go to rename the folder within the remote user's folder/directory, I get the following error:

-You need permission to perform this action.
-You require permission from Administrators to make changes to this folder
--Try Again or Cancel buttons are my only choices.

So why is it that I've given read/write permission (on the laptop end) to my user folder for 'HomeGroup' and 'Everyone" but am still unable to remotely rename a folder within that shared folder? I appreciate any help or suggestions you may have to help me through this. Again, I'm... Read more

A:Unable to change folder contents on remote folder in same HomeGroup

Hi Ducey, welcome to Seven Forums.
I trashed HomeGroup and did this, Network Sharing Set Up.pdf

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Is there any way that i will be able to select a large group of folders and select their contents to cut to another folder.

Here is the situation

Itunes has messed around with my music and i would like to move it out of it album folder and just put all the tracks into a music folder. How do i do this.

i have herd i may be able to create a registry or something like that to do this job as you can delete folder contents in this way.

A:[SOLVED] Select the contents of a folder to cut without opening the folder

You want to copy ALL files in a specific folder?

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How does one display the full contents of a folder and all its subfolders in Vista?

In XP all one had to do was right-click on a folder, select Search and press Enter (typing nothing in the search box) and it would display everything in a folder and all contained subfolders.

It's frustrating as I have to use my netbook with XP when I want to search through my external hard drive rather than my spanking new Vista laptop!

A:How display full folder + sub-folder contents?

Originally Posted by mr man uk

How does one display the full contents of a folder and all its subfolders in Vista?

In XP all one had to do was right-click on a folder, select Search and press Enter (typing nothing in the search box) and it would display everything in a folder and all contained subfolders.

It's frustrating as I have to use my netbook with XP when I want to search through my external hard drive rather than my spanking new Vista laptop!

JAM Software - Windows Freeware

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I have a Visioneer scanner, using Paperport software. Over time I have scanned in many documents and they were stored in Paperport. One day I opened Paperport and found it completely empty. It was a functional empty shell, everything scanned into it was gone.
I have read that nothing is ever permanently deleted from the drive. I have searched with no success.
How do I recover the lost documents and restore them to the program?

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If I copy something to the clipboard, then load Excel, or Word, or some other programs, the clipboard is apparently cleared because if I try to Paste nothing happens. I have to go back to the original program, select and Copy, then Paste. Why would loading a program clear the clipboard? Can I avoid that happening?



A:Lost Clipboard Contents

I found this, which applies to Word only but might be a clue as to where to start to find the fix:

"This is, most likely, being caused by a macro or a Word add-in. To verify this, simply close Word. Then copy some data from other applications so you have some in your clipboard.

Then, rather than starting Word the traditional way, click Start then Run the type winword.exe /a and click OK. This starts Word in its default install mode, ignoring any customizations or custom macros or anything in Word Startup folder.

If you can then paste from the clipboard you know that some third party add-in or some other customization is causing the problem with your clipboard.

One of the most common culprits is the Works to Word add-in. Check your Add/Remove programs section of the Control Panel and see if this is installed. If so, just uninstall it and it should clear things up."

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I have organized past emails by storing them in folders in the left column.  Now I'm unable to retrieve anything from the folders.  It says "nothing has arrived yet".  Help!

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First I'd like to say hello to all at TechSpot. HELLO.

I accidentally applied the following command at a system restore command prompt to a secondary hard disk: "D:\boot\bootsect /nt60 c:" (without the quote marks). I thought it was my DVD drive.

Now when windows boots up and I try to access the drive in Explore, Windows asks me to format the drive. When I right click properties, it doesn't show any sizes and it shows the pie graph as 100% free space.

Is there any command I can enter to reverse the above? Is there a specific switch I can use in the command that pertains to hard disks?

Any help will be greatly appreciated,


A:Lost Hard Disk Contents

Hum.. Why would a hard disk utility do anything with your DVD drive? Or were you just trying random commands?

What Windows versions are we talking about here? WIndows XP and earlier do not support Vista partitioning or boot sectors. So if the Windows that cannot acces the drive is XP, then you have to revert the boot sector back to the older format. (Use the /nt52 switch).

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Humble apologies if question has been asked before.
Recently updated my Windows experience including Windows Mail, pleased so far, but alas when I start to type in my group contact (25 names) the group enters the To... part of the email message, I type the email message, then click send.......................nothing.
In my contacts folder I check the group and they are all there, yet when in the email message, they are not, sorry if this in mumbo jumbo, but I don't seem to be able to explain what is happening very well!
Your thoughts most appreciated.

A:Lost contents of Group Contacts

In contact folder, what happens if you right click on your group folder and select send email from there. Does it send ok?

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Hi all,

I went to install a new video card (which hasn't worked out) that required me to install SP1a (I had SP1 in prior to this). I also updated the mobo chipset INF software as well as making my bios current. I was having some booting up problems with this card, which at one point had me enter my username and password before booting up. The old card is back in.

When trying to access System Information, I get the following:

Can't Collect Information

Failed connection to this computer. Check to see that the Winmgmt service is running.

The service is running. I've tried rebooting to see if it takes, but it hasn't to date. The session history has my computer name, Windows XP Professional and a third item, 1048032 as REMOVED. How do I go about restoring the information? Do I remove the SP1a install and revert to SP1?

Mike T.

A:Solved: Lost contents of System Information

At this point, you might consider a repair reinstallation.

There was no need whatsoever to install SP1a if you had SP1. SP1 contains the exact same thing as SP1a and includes the Java Virtual Machine. That is the only difference between them, so you actually "downgraded" by going to SP1a.

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Hi all!
I'm using Pinnacle Studio 15, in my Win 7 laptop. I have been using it for a long time now without major problems (though sometimes it freezes and I've to restart). Now, there is a video that I have been editing for a couple of days now. However, today when I opened the same project file, there is nothing in the timeline.The project contained video clips, DVD menu,titles,transitions, photos and music files.

When I went to "My Documents\Pinnacle Studio\My Projects", I found out that there are now two folders for the same project, the other one has .(2) in the end of the file name. Also, in "My Documents\Pinnacle Studio\Render" there are also two folders for the same project, though each one has a different suffix in the file name.(One is 4.28GB, the other is 7MB)
There is only one Studio project file, as usual.

Can someone please tell me how to solve this and what could be the cause of the problem?

Thanks in advance.

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W7 machine has started doing something the past week: when I open a folder it does not let me use nor sort the contents. Instead, it starts making a bar go across the top where the folder's path is shown. Until it completes the bar across that top, I can't do anything with the folder's contents.

I suppose these are novice questions but:

1) What is it doing?

2) Why is it suddenly doing that as it had not done that with these folders before?

3) How can I stop that so that I don't have to wait and wait after I open a folder to be able to use it's contents. This is rather annoying and frustrating.

Thank you.

A:W7 Delays being Able to use Folder Contents

Its reading the folder content the bar being a progress bar. If you open the folder a second time it should be faster as it will be cached. If it taking a long time its either a very big folder, low memory/cpu time or the disk is corrupt. Check the drive for errors find cmd.exe right click choose run as admin then type chkdsk c: /f (assuming its drive c) it will say disk locked test on start say yes

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ok i hope im posting this in the write area. I started with one desktop pc and collected my music. then i purcased a lap top also running xp where i transfered my music folder( which has been organized into subcatagories by itunes i.e. artist/album/song) I since then added songs speratly to each . so i now have 2 libraries with different songs. I wanna join them so that i dont have duplicates of the songs i have on both. what is the best and most efficent way for me to do such a thing? Is it as simple as drag and droping the root file into the same directory as the other? will that only add the "new" songs?

thanks in advance

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noone? sorry bout the bump

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I was wondering if, in Windows XP Home Edition, it is possible to make a folder that prints files that are put into it and then deletes the files. I ask because I have two networked computers that have fully working access to eachother but the printer connected to the one PC cannot be used by the other PC (for reasons I won't go into) and I though the if I could make a folder like this on the printer PC then I could put things in it from the other PC.
Thanks for any help.

A:A folder that prints it's contents...

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The motherboard on my computer died and I managed to get a free one from a colleague. I put the hdd from my old system as a slave in the new one but some files seem to have disappeared. I used to have two "my pictures" folders. One in "my documents" and on my desktop. The one on my desktop was used to house a few years worth of digital camera photos and videos and the one in my documents was the default one where everything would get saved to. So after putting the hdd in my new system as a slave the my pictures folder that I had on the desktop is empty. When I try to click on it I get the error message "E:\documents and settings\desktop\my pictures is not accessible. Access is denied." and when I right click it it comes up as an empty folder. But overall the hdd still has the same amount of free space as it used to when it was connected to my old motherboard so the files must still be there right? The other my pictures folder, the one that was in my documents is 100% ok. Does anyone know what happened?

A:Contents of folder missing :(


Originally Posted by justjuice

The motherboard on my computer died and I managed to get a free one from a colleague. I put the hdd from my old system as a slave in the new one but some files seem to have disappeared. I used to have two "my pictures" folders. One in "my documents" and on my desktop. The one on my desktop was used to house a few years worth of digital camera photos and videos and the one in my documents was the default one where everything would get saved to. So after putting the hdd in my new system as a slave the my pictures folder that I had on the desktop is empty. When I try to click on it I get the error message "E:\documents and settings\desktop\my pictures is not accessible. Access is denied." and when I right click it it comes up as an empty folder. But overall the hdd still has the same amount of free space as it used to when it was connected to my old motherboard so the files must still be there right? The other my pictures folder, the one that was in my documents is 100% ok. Does anyone know what happened?

its permissions you need to purge permissions into the folder....

thats all it is

so what you do is add a account on your current computer with the SAME user name and password ( this will give the computer pass through authentication ) then reboot the computer log on as this user and try to pull the data again...


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Hi to all you WLM experts out there ... with apologies if this question has been asked before.

Can anyone pls suggest a method for analysing the e-mails in a WLM folder ... eg by author, by date ...

I?ve a large folder containing approx 2000 e-mails from approx 20 colleagues ... I?d like to be able to count how many from each! And how many per day, etc ...

This would be possible by eg exporting to CSV file for analysis in eg Excel... But how to do? Or is there a better way? (PS ? I'm using WLM 2011. And I don?t have Outlook.)

Suggestions pls.

Thanks in anticipation.


A:Analysis of WLM folder contents

Display the folder within WLM (e.g. as Inbox or a subfolder of Inbox either in the Storage group or under one of the email accounts set up in WLM). Make sure there is a column shown called "From". Click on the word "From" at the top of the column to sort by name. You can count them there or move them in groups to new folders (one for each unique "From" field). In the latter case, the number of emails in each folder should display at the bottom of the main window called the "status" bar (one of the view options).

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I had a series of sub-folders stored under a main folder in the "Public Videos" library of one of our machines.
I have not moved or deleted anything.
I have these sub-folders consecutively numbered; 01_FolderName, 02_FolderName, 03_ you get the idea.
A while ago, when I went to add a new sub-folder in Explorer, in the folder-tree list on the left margin, sub-folder 01_FolderName is listed as though everything is okay; however, when I clicked the main folder to display all the sub-folders on a page, sub-folder 01_ does not show up, even though it is listed as being there in the folder tree.
When I click on sub-folder 01_ in the folder tree, I get this message :

What has happened to this folder and how can I find it ?

Thanks for reading.

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Is there software out there that can examine all folders of a specific source and all its sub-folders (nested up to 40 folders) and output the number of files and types?

A:How to examine folder contents?

Maybe not exactly what you want. But for NTFS only partitions, WizTree is very fast and shows a breakdown of files/folders contained in each folder.

Antibody Software - WizTree finds the files and folders using the most disk space on your hard drive

It's freeware.

Edit: for a visual representation of folder structure see console Tree command.

There must be something that does specifically what you request but I don't recall seeing it. I would check the freeware sites such as snapfiles, softpedia, download.com and sourceforge.net

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Is there a way to customize a created folder?
Actually what I would like to do is similar to the recycle bin. When the recycle bin has something in it, it shows you this.
Is there a way to do this to a created folder? Show one icon when empty, then another when it has something?

Thank You,

A:Customize a folder with contents



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My boss has asked me to compile a report of the

Date last modified

for a huge file tree, is there a program that can output the information into a document so i dont have to go through and type out hundreds of details?


A:Folder contents reports?

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I'm getting a new computer and want to know how to move all the folders I have in my Outlook Express email program (v6.0 updated to the latest version) from my old computer to the new one, both having OE. The help in OE says to select the folder, Compact it, then find the folder and copy it to a floppy or CD (.dbx extensions).

I know where the folders are stored by doing 'properties' when right-clicking on the folder. My question is how to move that folder and all its contents on a floppy or CD? Do I need to use Windows Explorer? Thanks....


A:Moving Out Exp folder contents

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1. I have noticed that my system32 folder is adding around 92 MB every day for the last ten days, seriously depleting my HDD space.

I attach a screenshot of the contents.

Please see items 3 to 10 on the list, with a strange file name.

kindly advise how these files are suddenly created and how to get rid of them and also ensure they do not get created every day.

2. Kindly also see item no. 1 "dllcache" which has 448MB. is it possible to reclaim some space from this?

thank you very much for help.

A:system32 folder contents

The Dllcache folder contains copies of important system files and helps your system to recover from errors. You should just leave it alone.


Under Windows XP, WFP stops populating the Dllcache folder when less than (600 MB + maximum size of the page file) of space is available on the hard disk.

In fact, you shouldn't be in the system32 folder at all thinking to delete files to save space. Windows and your applications use space dynamically. If you are close to filling your drive then it's time for a new drive purchase.

Description of the Windows File Protection feature

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Recently I have been part of a virus removal team, specifically the w32/blaster worm. The primary tool we have been using is McAfee 7.0. Normally it moves the svchost.exe in the winnt\system32\wins folder to c:\quarantine. A simple delete of this file does not work and requires scanning the svchost.exe.vir file and then deleting using McAfee. Is this an ownership issue? and... is the file still locked into the operating system? I have understood it is recommended to delete this file. Who actually owns/controls this file? Can anyone explain what effect/significance of the existence of this file in the quarantine folder could be to the OS/network? My understanding of quarantine is that the file is simply being preserved so it can be recovered in the event it has important data. I havn't been able to find any documentation or specifications that say otherwise. I would happily be enlightened.

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windows XP sp2 can see D drive but folder on disk are seen as empty when fact they are not. Same disk on different computer and files are within folders?

A:xp can't see folder contents on D drive

can u plz elaborate.. try to post screeshots .. Thanx

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Quick question...

(FYI.... I do NOT have windows 7 - thats why I am asking this question)

In "Vista" you could click on START then MYCOMPUTER then RIGHT-click on the CD Drive and a menu would come up with the option to "Explore" so you can "browse" the folders and files on the cd.

But in Windows 7... when you Right-click there is no longer the option to "Explore" - what is the equivalent to "browse" the folders and directories on the CD.

Is it just "Open" ?

(I know in Vista if you just try to double click on the CD Drive it trys to to the auto-play)

Thank you.

A:How do you view the contents/folder of the CD in 7

Hello billy7777, welcome to Seven Forums!

Insert the disk and click "open folder to view ... " in the box that opens.

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Awhile back a question was posted about how to print the contents of a folder. I have a folder that contains over 500 mp3's. I would like to print a list of those songs.

Someone said there was a way to print from the folder from dos. If anyone know how to do this, or an easier way please let me know.


A:Printing the contents of a folder

I think it's:

print dir C:\mypath\myfolder lpt1:

Brainbench MVP for Microsoft Word

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I need some help. I am now running windows 8.1 on my new Dell system. I used windows <g class="gr_ gr_95 gr-alert gr_spell gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="95" id="95">xp</g> for
over ten years on my old Dell desktop. On my hold system, A knowledgeable friend added a mod to the registry that added a 'print directory' to the drop down options when you right-clicked on a folder name. I collect music tracks and have over 3000
tracks. My problem is that when I try to compare folders to check for duplicate tracks, it's very difficult to do this using on-screen listings. I would print them out and then manually mark off any duplicates. Can anyone tell me if there is a way to do this
using windows 8.1. Since I'm new to windows 8.1 I'm not knowledgeable to do it myself.
Vincent J. <g class="gr_ gr_2371 gr-alert gr_spell gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="2371" id="2371">Cecero</g> (vincentjc1945)

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Hello Guys,

I got a problem with my Windows Xp; I can?t hide the contents of my system32 folder (System Tasks are not coming). The contents of system32 folder are hidden (by default). And Windows hides the System drive (which is containing windows) and the following folders (which are system folders):-

System32 &
Program Files.

My problem is this, I can hide the rest of the folders (windows and program files) and the system drive but I can?t hide the system32 folder.
(Almost 5 - 6 days before I was able to hide the system 32 folder too by the option coming in the system tasks of ?Hide the contents of this folder?)
Now as I define the system tasks...System tasks comes in system folders, also system tasks comes in my computer if you note. If there is nothing coming on the left side when you open any folder in Windows Explorer or My computer then that option will be enabled by going to Control Panel >> Folder Options >> General >> Mark Show common tasks in folders.

Now moving on to my issue?.System tasks are not coming on the taskbar, instead of it, Picture tasks are coming (view as a slide show, order prints online, print pictures...)
I do not know how it happened but I noticed this problem a couple of days before.

My System32 folder is also containing images of .gif & .jpg format and it is like icon pictures and arrows and it was on the following 2 paths:
c:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\html\mous... Read more

A:I cant the contents of my system32 folder.

reinstall XP and when it gives the option to repair the previous installation do so.

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Is there a way to print all the files (word, excel, etc.) in a desktop folder at once without opening each one individually? Would it work with shortcuts. I work in environmental health and would be involved with disaster relief if a hurricane hit our area and am trying to set up a quick and easy way to print important documents and forms before an evacuation. Thank you.

A:Printing contents of a folder

Other than a command line form of what you need, there are no real ways to do this in Windows without a third party program such as JDirPrint or Treesize
both are free utilities with upgrade versions that support more functionality for a fee.

I use both of these on a fairly regular basis.

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I have the strangest thing that no one seems to be able to solve.
If the contents of my folder are greater than able to display, a scroll bar shows up.
Perfect so far.

If I scroll down to the bottom if the list and double click, right click to open etc,
the contents will jump to the top.

In case I am not clear, I have posted a video on youtube.


I want to upgrade to Windows 10, but I want my OS to be working properly first.
I don't want to re-install, but if all else fails...

Sys Info:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 8162 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238372 MB, Free - 184800 MB; D: Total - 1907726 MB, Free - 918066 MB;
Motherboard: AMD Corporation, 970A-DS3
Antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

A:Jumping Folder Contents

Try a different mouse and see what happens.

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I cannot edit a folder when I've used "Take Ownership" and I've made sure in the Security tab that I have full control, I still get "You need permission to preform this action" when trying to move stuff in the folder. What could be wrong?

A:Cannot edit folder contents?

Maybe disable inheritance ?

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Hi, I hope someone can answer this question.

I have an extensive MIDI file collection saved to my desktop and want to print the contents of the folder. When I open the folder, it shows the contents IE "misty.mid" but there is no option to print. I have tried contrl. P and also tried to take a screen shot, nothing works. Any suggestions? I hate the idea of having to hand print this whole thing since I have over 1,000 MIDI files. I need to know what is in the folder, on paper, instead of just opening and looking on the computer.
Thanks In Advance!!!!

A:Is it possible to print out the contents of a folder

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Aside from the folders that belong in my username folder (video downloads pictures), other things also appear there (Bluetooth Software, Tracing) They generally come when i add new software. why do these things end up in this folder?, where do they belong?, how can i prevent this from happening in the future?,

A:contents of my username and documents folder

Yeah, I understand what you are talking about.
I'm afraid that is how Windows Vista is, now you might be able to change the folder settings, but this is complex and will most probably have a destructive affect on your PC.

Just to let you know, that the documents folder which is called 'YourName' is basically the same as XP's 'C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\'.

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My pin stopped working after Windows 10 did an update. I followed instructions read elsewhere to delete contents of my Ngc folder. I went to my account setting to create a pin. It asked me for my password to log in. I entered it and then nothing happened.

Now when I go back to sign-in options for my account and I click create pin the system works for a second and then stops and nothing happens. This is after a fresh reboot. If I try to enter the sign-in options a second time without rebooting the page does not load at all.

Thank you in advance for your help

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This isn't such a big deal but I was just curious, does Windows 7 have any way to sort folder contents in true alphabetical order, like older versions of Windows used to?

So that it sorts files like this:


A:Any way to sort folder contents alphabetically?

When viewing a folder with multiple folders inside, click on "View" then around 3/4 the way down the list click "sort by" and then choose from there!
I'm not sure i 100% understood what you meant but i thought i'd try anyway!

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Hello peeps, Just was wondering how to delete the folder without deleting the contents. Anyone know how to do this? Thanks in advance

A:Delete folder but leave contents

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Hi there guys n girls.
With windows 98 microsoft introduced a function i dont know what is called.
But basicly what you could do was to drag a folder to either the top, right, left og bottom of the screen to get a "tool line". The tool line would show all the contents of a folder.
I realy enjoyed that part of windows, but for some reason they removed it in vista.

Does anyone know of a gadget or a way to add a similar tool line?


A:Showing the contents of a folder on the desktop.

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This is a recent occurrence, maybe related to a new windows update item. Clicking on (say) the Documents folder will not open the folder. Instead the system puts the item on the task bar. Clicking on the task bar item does nothing, it simply sits there. Can anyone shed some light on this problem and, if possible, suggest a fix, please?
Any assistance greatly appreciated. (Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit).

A:Unable to read contents of folder

Tweaking.com's Windows Repair (All in One) may be one solution. Accept the default checks [such as file associations, etc] and perhaps add icon repair. There are many others far wiser than I who will also add their ideas and solutions, heed them

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With work i'm constantly printing a large number of PDF files and have found that the quickest way to get them printed is to select all of the required files (in windows explorer), right click and select print. This works great except the documents don't seem to come out in any sort of order.

If anyone knows of a way that i can have the documents print out in alphabetical order could you please let me know.

A:Printing Contents of a Folder in order

Have you tried, with the PDF's in a folder. Select View> List> Arrange icons by> Name.

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I'm having an issue with installing certain things,
such as plugins for Firefox, but also other small software I have to download first.

When I try to install, for example, the Flash plugin via the official website,
I get this message in a popup:

"C:\Users\*name*\AppData\Local\Temp could not be saved, because you cannot change the contents of that folder.
Change the folder properties and try again, or try saving in a different location."

I'm not sure how to set either of those things.
But what should I do anyway?
This is preventing me to do a whole bunch of things.
For one, watching videos on the internet. Not so handy. :\

A:Can't install > can't change contents of folder.

Install this shortcut to your rightclick context menu: Take Ownership Shortcut

Whenever this problem happens again, rightclick on the file in question to take ownership.

Appdata files may have to be unhidden first at Control Panel>Folder Options>View. They are under your active User.

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I have a folder named "January" that has Word 2000 docs in it that are sequential by date (i.e., Jan 1st...,Jan. 31st.)

I want them to show in that folder from the 1st to the 31st....right now they are inverse order (Jan 31st > January 1st)

How can I make them list correctly? IT looks like this now:


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I upgraded to Windows 10 a few months ago and began experiencing a loss of important memos in my email folders. When I accessed my email through a different browser (Google Chrome), I was able to find the content under my folders. Has this problem been experienced by anyone else, and can anyone help me correct this synchronization problem? Thanks.

A:Loss of Mail Folder Contents

Who is your Email provider? What browser did you use when it failed?
Microsoft Edge does not use plugins (ie) Adobe Flashplayer, Shockwave, Java. If your Email program requires Java, then you will have to open it with IE11, or Chrome.

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I had all folders showing the relevant artist name earlier, now all are blank...whats happened???

A:Solved: Music Folder Contents

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The "My Documents" folder no longer appears on My Computer.
I have tried to restore default libraries and nothing changes.
I have run AVG with one trojan found and quarantined and run SuperAntiSpyware and cleaned out some tracking cookies.
I have run Hijack this and will post the log below.
I am hesitant to fix anything shown in the HijackThis log without advice from someone more technically competent.
Thanks very much for any help.
Oh, should add, everything I posted about My Documents folder also applies to My Music folder.
Also should add that I did a restore to couple weeks earlier point when both folders were definitely there and they did not reappear after the restore.
Thanks again.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 9:45:14 AM, on 12/30/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Odometer\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel® Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Easy Downloads\easydownloads.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2012\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenOffice.org 3\program\swriter.exe
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A:My Documents folder and contents has disappeared

It appears that this issue is resolved, therefore I am closing the topic. If that is not the case and you need or wish to continue with this topic, please send me or any Moderator a Personal Message (PM) that you would like this topic re-opened.

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