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Software Distribution Folder

Q: Software Distribution Folder

Hi folks, I have a few questions about C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution.old. The folder is 456MB.What is this, and can it be deleted? I think it has something to do with Microsoft updates. I should clarify something: I have TWO Software Distribution folders. A few months ago, after the folks at the HiJackThis forum helped me clear up a malware infection, I started having some problems with some Windows functions. A Microsoft techie solved the problem, but in order to do so he had to create two "Software Distribution" folders. He named the one that already existed "Software Distribution.old" (this is the 456 MB folder), and created a new one: "C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution".After he created the ".old" folder, the problems I was having cleared up... so his solution seemed to work. So can I now delete the ".old" folder?Thanks a million, D.

Preferred Solution: Software Distribution Folder

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A: Software Distribution Folder

Most likely you can delete it without any issues. But I'd recommend moving it to another location for a week or two to see if you need it. Then, if you still don't need it, delete to the Recycle Bin - where it'll remain until it's forced out (thereby providing a measure of extra protection).

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Hi all. Anyone able to suggest a vbs (or command-line file) to clean out C:\Windows\Software Distribution\Download?

Thanks, I'm aware of the significance (or lack of) of this folder, and I realize I could just drill down to it and manually dump the contents. I'm just looking for a more elegant solution.

Incidentally, the folder seems to named 'SoftwareDistribution' on my XP machines, but 'Software Distribution' (with a space) on my Win7 pc. Maybe just a glitch in the matrix?

Cheers :-)

A:Script or command to delete contents of Software Distribution folder?


Save the the below text a Notepad. And save it as a batch file. i.e.

File > Save as > <filename>.bat

Note: You have to Right Click on the Batch File and Run as administrator

net stop wuauserv
ren %windir%\SoftwareDistribution SD.old
net start wuauserv
Hope this helps,

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WHAT is 'software distribution service 3.0' ? my system re-started itself at 3 am 08/10/11 ? i was running some new software and thought something went wrong. thanks WINDOWS/XP, HOW OFTEN DOES THIS HAPPEN ? DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ? THANKS


See this post.



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I posted earlier today about a current situation and while awaiting some help, I went to system restore to see what has been done the last couple of months. Went back to December and each month, this "Software Distribution Service 2.0" has appeared. I cannot find out what this is about. It appeared in Dec, once in Jan, twice in February.

Anyone tell me what this is?
HP Pavilion 526X

If I have done something wrong that has caused the freezing of my computer, If I did a restore back to December, would I mess stuff up? Would it backlog all updates etc?
Please forgive me but I an a novice.

A:Software Distribution Service 2.0

I believe that "Software Distribution Service 2.0" is Windows updates creating a restore point. You should see them on the second Tuesday of the month or shortly after.

I would avoid going back all the way to December. When did the problems start?

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I want to remove this from my computer. Can this be done?

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I went to System Restore this morning and I noticed that every day for about a week there has been this "System Distribution Service 2.0" on every date. What is this, because I didn't install or download it. Is it harmful?

A:Software Distribution Service

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I just got hired by a company and it is an accounting firm. They currently do not have any way of pushing updates out to there users. They make instruction for them and tell them were the exe is located. We all know how that works, people don't do the updates and then are behind 5 or 6 versions. They use WSUS for windows update. I am not familiar with any software distribution packages that are out there. Can someone help me out.


A:Software Distribution Program help please

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My sister whom is in university has a laptop. This laptop is 1.5 years old and has been working perfectly until currently. It seems that while she was sleeping an autimatic update was installed on her computer concerning Software Distribution Service 3.0. This update has dramatically affected the performance of her computer. The computers internet explorer is not working anymore event though she is getting the distribution from the provider even though it was working fine before hand and also the icons are not shown on her desktop. So she asked me to help her fix it. I tried system restore but it wont restore the computer at any points, my suspicion is because it is a Microsoft thing. My sister really needs to have the internet for university and this thing has messed it up. I dont know what to do, but would like some input upon this matter of software didstribution service 3. please reply soon

A:Software Distribution Service 3.0 problem

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I noticed that there were many system restore points on my computer titled Software Distribution Service 3.0. I recently restored my computer to one of these SDS 3.0 restore points. (Actually I restored from about 1:00 PM to about 8:00 AM in the same day.) Since there are so many of these SDS 3.0 restore points...I was wondering if they are different versions (like maybe an update or something) of the SDS 3.0 or if they are all the exact same thing.

Note...This is not causing me any computer problems I was just wondering about it.

Thanks in advance!!!

A:Software Distribution Service 3.0 Question

That serivce is used with Windows Automatic update feature. Whenever a microsoft update installs, it makes a restore point.

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So my dad instead this update on the family pc and now whenever we start it, the resolution is low and the setting wont allow me to change it and system restore isnt restoring to before the program was installed. please help for the family pc!

A:Microsoft Software Distribution Service 3.0

"Are you prompted to install "Software Distribution Service 3.0"?
Thats not something coming from windowsupdate. There is nothing called that
in the update catalog."

Eddie Bowers
Security Support
Microsoft Corporation
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I suspect he fell for social engineering and has installed a virus or trojan on the system .
You should go to the malware board and post a hijackthis log .
Looking at other cases it appears it may be a win32 bancos (bankfraud) / smitfraud-c infection.

Regarding your video problem.
Option one go to control panel /system / hardware / device manager
Locate your video card under display adapters
Select it and choose remove
One all video adapters are removed restart your computer and let windows find it , search for and install the best driver it can find.

Option two would be to go to the video card manufacturers web site and download the latest driver pack.

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For about the past couple of weeks I have had some strange things happening with my Gateway laptop running XP (Media Center ver 5.1 - SP2). Strange by intermittently not recognizing external USB components; keyboard & mouse. Just strange. Slowing down, taking a long time to load programs & files - just like there are too many cookies reporting in. Then upon calling up the task manager it appears with no top headings - including the exit "X". The only way to exit was to highlight the Task Manager and click the "End Process" button.

Had a blue screen event with XP doing a HD check disk!

Yes I ran a virus scan and Ad-aware with no problems showing up.

There are discussions on the web about problems with SDS 3.0 and suggesting using the restore point to remove it. Take a look at (can I do this)...
and read "squirekat's" comments.

I also read that MS has a program you can download to remove it!!!

Oh! SDS 3.0 was installed on my machine on May 13th. I'm anxious to hear from you so I can decide whether this is happening to a lot of you or just some "thing" that's on my computer. I value your input... thanks.

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be deleting windows software distribution downloads will that effect the saved restore dates?

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Running 2003 SVR, and Exch 2003
Recently one of my distribution list/ archive folder objects stopped delivering mail to the public folder (it returns a non-deliverable message for the item that was supposed to go to the folder but the recipients in the distribution list still get the mail).
I have exhausted just about every option I could think of, read about, or just plain experiment with. I've finally resolved that I'm stumped.

1. I create a universal distribution list in Active Directory Users and Computers whose email address is [email protected].
2. Then I create a Public Folder in Exchange Service Manager called Support. (It is automatically mail enabled) and takes the address [email protected].
3. I then right-click the distribution group and choose add exchange public folder. I see the exchange wizard pop-up briefly and it says 1 success 0 failures. When I look in the members of the group the folder is there. (When I look at the properties of the Folder on the 'member of' tab, the distribution group is listed. Everything looks right.
4. Then I add users to the distribution group.
5. Sending a test mail results in the users receiving mail, but the sender gets a non-delivery report for the attempted delivery of the message to the public folder. Funny thing though in the NDR the object that it cannot send to is only the simple name of the folder (not the email address [email protected]) I've tried changing the addresses and adding... Read more

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WHAT is 'software distribution service 3.0' ? my system re-started itself at 3 am 08/10/11 ? i was running some new software and thought something went wrong. thanks


It's part of the Windows Update system. Your system installed updates @ 3:00am and restarted to complete the process.

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Hello everyone,

I don't know what is happening with my computer. My computer does not respond when I try to open programs. I can not even restore my computer to a previous point because "Software Distribution Service 3.0" has been downloading to my computer every morning around 2AM. I did not give this software permission to download. Am I infected????? I have never heard of this program before. I tried to do an Internet search to see what this program was, but unfortunately I did not find anything. Can someone please help me???!!! How do I get my computer to respond when I try to open programs? I also notice that I have a lot of programs running in the background that I did not authorize. These programs are taking up a lot of memory and CPU Usage. I also found that a lot of people are having this problem out of "Software Distribution Service 3.0".

Thanking you in advance,
Mrs. Bland

A:Software Distribution Service? Can't Restore Computer

Have you tried using System Restore from a command prompt in Safe Mode?I have not dealt with this issue before but there seems to be a lot of folks with the same complaint. There are some suggestions in this disussion thread.

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Was wondering if anyone had some information.

I back-up all my DVD's onto an external hard-drive in the case that the little ones mistake it for a frisbee. With all this data on a HDD, I came across the idea of streaming all this data around the house to be viewed anywhere.

I've scoured the internet for a comprehensive package which can decode the .ISO files, wirelessly stream the a/v feed to a receiver and ultimately onto the TV's around the house. Of course I would need a nice GUI (possibly with access to Gracenote database) allowing me to access and manage these files through my TV. haha, kind of asking for a lot huh? :haha:

Does anyone have any experience with this?

A:Audio/Video Distribution Hardware/Software

I've got a similar setup but far less complicated, just use a video out on your video card and send that as a second display, along with audio, into a AV spliter than send it where you want in your house, also if you can get an old P3 with a video out it works similarly but steams the video off your network, my comp is hooked up to 5 tvs using a combination of the two methods and it works flawlesslythe furthest being almost 60 feet away from my main comp, just a suggestion, a little less complicated in my opinion.

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I have a mission-critical business system at stake here!

I encountered a system crash a few days ago that caused my system to reboot and apparently resulted in major corruption of the registry. I can still operate but it intermittently fails to populate the main program groups (Start menu, Programs, Add/Remove, etc). And it's getting worse.

I need to do a System Restore from a prior date. Checkpoints are there.


System Restore is telling me it "CANNOT RESTORE" the system when I try to restore from a checkpoint date that's prior to the date when Software Distribution Service 3.0 showed up (which happens to have been two hours after the system crash that I need to pre-date -- I let Automatic Updates do the update without realizing I had corruption and certainly without realizing that the update would prevent accessing restore points)!

According to some posts I'd found on the web, this is exactly what others have encountered as well: System Restore won't allow a restore from a checkpoint date that's prior to the date Software Distribution Service 3.0 was installed.

And I have yet to find anyone who has found a way to uninstall Software Distribution Service 3.0 (or find any other way for the System Restore to occur).

Before I tried to do the System Restore, I called MS tech support to be prudent after the posts I'd seen that said it might not work. I got them to move me up to a level 2 tech, who said I didn't need to uninstall Software Distr... Read more

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I have a ton of files in C:\windows\software distribution\downloads\ and have searched online about deleting them. 1 person says it is safe, 1 says don't do it... I'd love to free up the space if it is safe to do so.
I would also like to get rid of other unnecessary features like Tour XP and MSN Gaming but I don't know how to delete the tour and I get a message saying I can't delete Gaming.
Is there any way to do this w/o causing problems?
Is there a link to info on what can be deleted/how to do it anywhere? I know using Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel is 1 way but there is a lot of stuff on XP that doesn't show up there.

A:remove files in C:\windows\software distribution\downloads\ OK?


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Hi,My laptop is choking to death. It started wheezing with internet explorer, but now it has full blown internal pneumonia.I haven't gone through the advice in the slow computer guide yet but did run disk cleanup and defrag.I took a look at my running processes and found 4 sets of svchost running. Checking into Google, I found some thoughts that this may be happening each time I run antivirus software. Unfortunately, MS doesnt tell you what to do (unless you would like to call their help desk to get the hotfix).Any ideas?Note: Since this post I did find the svchost article on BC...Thanks! Wonder why MS has the article saying it is due to virus scans?Also: I found software distribution service on my restore point recently. I have seen some articles claiming this to be bad news. So...are these the culprits? How do I deal with them?Deb( is this the appropriate place for this topic? )

A:Svchost Quadtripled And Software Distribution Service Killing Me?

Hi MystyDeb.

You have probably figured out by now that svchost is usually a legitimate generic name for some of the services running on your machine. My machine is running 6 at this moment.

If they are being run by SERVICES or similar (in capital letters) they are probably legitimate and no worry. If there are different instances running, then they will need further investigation.

Let us know what you find. Cheers

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What does Software Distribution Service 2.0 entry in the System Restore in winXP do? A few seconds after this entry got Installed Windows Media Codec Setup. Could it be because of the codec update?

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XP SP3 in place. Thursday night 05/11 Software Distribution Service 3.0 was automaticlaly installed. Friday PC started crashing by switching off completely (no blue screen).
Sometimes it simply won't re-boot and needs leaving alone for a while.
Sometimes it does re-boot and will stay on for 5-10 minutes and then crash and switch off. no error message, no blue screen.
Start in safemode and leave it and it will crash soon.
Unable to run antivirus or MBAM. Last antivir virus scan was successffuly run (negative on 04/11). I have no doubt it is caused by SDS 3.0 which I have researched. I am planning on restoring system to 04/11 but I have also read on various forums that either they were not able to restore pre-SDS 3.0 or if they did, it would re-appear the next day.
Please provide solution to either:
* re-store + prevent SDS 3.0 showing up again or
* patch/fix to add on top
bearing in mind that I have no more than 5-10 minutes, even in safe mode before it crashes again.
thank you
P.S. KB976749 was also installed on 05/11. is that the same as SDS 3.0?
I was also able to get a highjackthis log but that is it. I can provide if it helps but I am not convinced problem is on malware side, more on MS updates...

A:PC switches OFF following Windows Update of Software Distribution Service 3.0

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=enNote the date.SDS has been on my systems since then, I have no idea why you would be receiving critical updates for it.I just went to WUS and manually (I don't do autoupdate) downloaded 4 critical updates: 2 related to MS.NET 1 related to IE8 1 was the Malicious Software Tool.Looking in my Add/Remove Programs...all three (the Malicious Software Tool does not appear in A/RP) appear as they should, 2 under MS.NET installs and 1 under IE8.What are the KB numbers of your installs dated Nov 5 which are reflected in A/R P?Louis

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Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this Tech forum but am frustrated and hoping someone can help.

Last night at 3am (and I've seen similar postings on google but no assistance), my computer ran an update (I know to now turn off auto updates)... As a result, I have lost all files I had in a back up folder connected to my old hard drive (new hard drive and link to old hard drive).

Just gone. All of my media files and pictures are missing. I did a system restore and it did nothing but did say the last update was a Service Distribution Service 2.0. Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

A:Software Distribution Service 2.0 - Now lost all pictures, media files

This same update actually crashed my machine. I had to run a chkdsk /f in order to get it up and running again.

Perhaps your issue is similar, to run chkdsk, go to the Start Menu and select Run type chkdsk C: /f then click OK. Chkdsk might not be able to lock your drive for a scan and will prompt to run at next reboot. Just type Y press enter and reboot.
Substitute C: for the drive letter with the problem.

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This is personal SCCM but I need some help.

When I have msi application and want to distribute the content to SCCM and DP as distribution pons, DP received it and SCCM did not failed got this message  (Distribution Manager failed to connect to the distribution point ["Display=\\SCCM-M3N.M3N.com\"]MSWNET:["SMS_SITE=M3N"]\\SCCM-M3N.M3N.com\.
Check your network and firewall settings.)
Please help

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I have all up-to-date AV (Microsoft Security essentials) on my machine and have run it and Malwarebytes at regular intervals. I've never had any problems however recently Malwarebytes threw up 3 odd things, Didn't look like anything too significant but I elected to "remove": before noting what they were and now Malwarebytes gives the all clear, as does a full AV scan.

However I also ran a GMER scan which I include below, which pointed to something strange in C:\Windows\Software Distribution\Event cache.

I also recently did a Windows update manually, even though I have it set to Automatic updates. I was surprised to see I had 22 updates needed. I downloaded and installed these without trouble. I checked my Automatic updates and it is selected to download and install the updates automatically, at a particular time of day. However all the options to change this - the day, whether to do it automatically, or not at all is all greyed out.

I'd like to get the Automatic updates configuration available again and to confirm that I can have Automatic updates working.

Would it be safe to delete all the files in the event cache, (or just the ones listed below in the Gmer output) or alternatively, the registry key that is referred to in the Gmer output below? Would this clear the issue or what other steps should I take?

Here is the GMER output:

GMER - http://www.gmer.net
Rootkit scan 2010-09-03 15:15:52
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
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A:Solved: C:\windows\software distribution\event cache - and automatic updates

Was just running an on-line Panda scan and at 33% it had already thrown up 9 infected files. I'm going to post in a malware forum instead.

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My XP Pro began acting strangely lately: on bootup, a black DOS window for GoogleDesktopUpdate.exe is staying open for a very long time (no activity in the window); intermittently I had nothing in my QuickLaunch toolbar or in my Programs group or even at one point not even anything at all in the Start button; intermittently the Add/Remove window failed to populate with anything; and all my QuickLaunch icons got scrambled (least of my worries of course but part of a much bigger problem).

Recent events that could have led to this include having had the system go into a spontaneous reboot on it's own while I was working in a complex video editing program (I assume it had a bug or the system hiccupped when I hit spacebar to play an audio file). When the reboot that that incurred was done, I got a warning saying XP had just recovered from a "serious" system error.

Looking in my System Restore list for what took place recently in there so I can decide when to try a System Restore from, I notice a few innocuous things that were added since the date I want to do a System Restore from (innocuous because I can uninstall them before doing the System Restore and then reinstall them afterwards, which I assume is the best way to go -- a Symantec web help assistant and, if I choose to go back farther in time, iTunes).

However, it shows one potentially problematic entry dated yesterday, and I need to restore from at least a few days prior to that.

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A:Handling "Software Distribution Service 3.0" before doing a System Restore

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The title says it all. What's in it and can it be deleted?

A:"C:\WINNT\Software Distribution"--what's in it; can it be deleted?

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Every time I attempt to allow windows automatic updates to install software distribution 3.0, one of the updates in that distribution causes my windows to load in perpetuity(the black screen with the windows logo where the blue bar is loading). I have to do system restore every time to start my windows normally. Should I just disable automatic updates? However, I would need to know which ones to install manually.

A:Cannot boot windows, after a Windows software distribution 3.0 update

If you want to download Update files and run them manually without searching all over microsoft.com, you can install theMS Baseline Security Analyzer, which scans your system,tells you what's missing and offers downloads to run or save.It's also very informative generally:MS BSAnalyzer ver 2.1.1http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=enBelarc Advisor is a useful tool, for a detailed profile of your computer;hardware, software, MS Hotfixes, product keys, software licences etc.It will also tell you which ones are missing.(Free) Belarc Advisor:http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

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I encountered a big trouble.I used the folder lock 6.1.4 trial version some time ago and encrypted my docs folder. When I tried to add suplementary pages the encrypted archive, I opened the folder and no one document was seen inside, although the encrypted archive could be seen in the "Browse" button. The encrypted folder was fully empthy. Neither I reinstalled the windows platform + Folder Lock soft I could not open again the flk. archive. Please, let you me know as soon as possible if you got any solution to this trouble. I need a lot to access docs from that folder. You can send me a mail too, to the [email protected]

I am waiting for your help, as fast possible.

Thank you!

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if your like me you keep a back up of your programs so the question is just how big is your folder?
here is mine.

A:How big is your software folder?

About this big...you should see my games folder though. lol

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I know that when you set your folders behavior in XP you can make that apply to the way all of your folders behave. Is there, however, a software that will let you set one folders behavior and then all of the rest of your folders ONLY within that folder? In other words, if I want to display the contents of a folder containing image files in thumbnails, can I make all of the rest of the subfolders in that folder behave the same, without affecting outside folders? Thanks.


A:Looking for Folder Software

Can't you right click on the folder and select properties. The select the customize tab. The select an option under Use this folder type as a template. Then check the box "Also apply this template to subfolders."

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im after a free folder management software my basic needs are to be able to see folder sizes and be able to delete,

I have FolderSize which is great for showing me the sizes of folders but you cant delete within the software actually i dont think it does anything else.

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Im trying to find a free version (or good demo version) of software that will list my folders by their file size and tell me which ones are big etc..

I heard about disk size manager but cant wondered if anybody had something better


A:Looking for Folder Size Software

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Basically I want a programme that can put a password on a folder or file and the ony change I want it to make to said file or folder is to prompt for a password when opening, I want it to work as normal.
Ive tried 4 or so free ones and they encrypt and ask to create a password but then changes the extension to open in the programme that created it, what good is that?, I just go in circles!

Any easy to use, straight forward progs?

A:Folder encryption software

Try this. It's shareware: Folder Lock - File Lock and File Encryption Software Free Download

I didn't want to recommend Truecrypt based on what you said, and Bitlocker is not an option for you either since you're on Home Premium.

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I downloaded the "demo" version of Folder Lock 6 software and tested it by encrypting some of documents. My password will not open the files and I can find no way to get the file open. Is there a backdoor to getting my files back. I have uninstalled the software and re-installed it, but still no luck.

A:Folder Lock 6 Software

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I need some free software that will enable me to password protect a folder(s).

Please message back thanks a lot

A:Folder Locking Software

Originally Posted by mjwilson

I need some free software that will enable me to password protect a folder(s).

Please message back thanks a lot

dont even have to buy software. can do it in windows. instructions here How do I password protect my files and folders in Windows?

hope this helps


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Hi! Can someone please suggest a folder locking software? A free software would be great if there is one. Thanks!

A:Folder Locking Software

http://www.google.com/search?q=folder+lock...lient=firefox-aI'm sure there are some listed in our Freeware Applications thread:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

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How can i make a locked folder in windows 7 - 64 bit, without using a software? I searched a lot on internet but found only one way that uses a bat file which renames your folder and hides it. The folder is never locked

The bat file is like this

title Folder Locker
if EXIST "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" goto UNLOCK
echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)
set/p "cho=>"
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
ren Locker "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
attrib +h +s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
echo Folder locked
goto End
echo Enter password to Unlock folder
set/p "pass=>"
if NOT %pass%==1234 goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
ren "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" Locker
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
echo Invalid password
goto end
md Locker
echo Locker created successfully
goto End
Is there any better way so that the folder is actually locked so that no file can be found if one does a file search using windows search feature?

A:Locking folder without software?

Hi Rock1,
I am afraid there is no such built-in provision in Microsoft Windows. There are features that closely match the one you asked for. Like in windows 7, you can modify the permissions for each folder. This would effectively prevent some users from viewing or modifying a folder. But if you are using a single user account , anyone logged in through the same account can access the folder. In other words, folders can be locked at a user level, rather than at the folder level itself.
However, there are plenty of high quality software that you can use to accomplish the feat, Universal lock and folder lock are one of them. I am personally using universal lock and it does a pretty decent job.
Hope this would help.

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guys am using protected folder software but am forget the password... there is any way to unistall or find the password

A:protected folder software

Thanks for visiting TSG. Please become and active participant in out community!
For obvious reasons we do not help with password issues on this site.

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Hi there... i tried some software recommended from google on this but none of them really what i am looking for...

when im using WinXP.. i used this software called "PC Security" from Tropical software... what it does is simple and works wonderfully...

When i right click an app or folder or anything and go to pc security>lock>enter password..

the app or folders still there but you cannot access it or delete it or whatever you wanna do... its sad that from the web it says this app not compatible with Win7..

so is there any software paid or freeware that works as above? i have tried folder lock... sadly... when u lock the folder... if u dont refresh u can still access it.. until u refresh then its hidden and if u want it back u have to open the app and unlock it.. what a troublesome...

for PC security, if i want to unlock i just click and go to unlock and enter password.. voila~!

A:best folder locking software

go to fspro.net
It locks a folder, hides it, and password protects the contents.
I'm not sure if it only hides one (or multiple), but my guess is that it creates a centralized folder that you can put anything in.

It's also free.

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sir, i want to know how to lock the folder, without software.

A:lock the folder without software


Originally Posted by jitendra pratap

sir, i want to know how to lock the folder, without software.

how to lock the folder without software?
plz replay.

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So I have an external hard drive and I want to set it up so that when I connect it to my laptop, all the contents of one folder are automatically moved to the hard drive. I am NOT looking to sync the two folders. I just want a software that automates the moving of files.
Any ideas/tips/suggestions?

A:Folder Management Software

create a autorun.inf that points to a .bat file containing a move command
Examples of using the mv command


It will work the same way with an external drive so long as you set your laptop to run the auto run instead of just opening the drive.

If you put the .bat file in the source folder command would only have to be

move *.* c:\locationtodumpfiles
No need for software for this, you can do it in about 5 minutes with notepad.

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Anyone knows of any freeware application to organize files and folder structures on XP?

I currently use like 8 subfolders for each project but it's a hassle when trying to browse through all the depths.

Sometimes I have a file/folder structure like x:\Project1\Me\You\We\One\Two\Three\blahblahblah\yes\no.


A:Folder structure software

There is no app that can take the place of your brain that I am aware of.

Simple don't nest so deeply. Given your example you would:
so on and so forth. Trick is don't go more than 4 layers deep.

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I wanted to use some folder locking software(e.g- Folder Security Personal). Can anyone tell me whether this type of application is good or bad? Does it has any bad impact on system? Waiting for reply.

A:Folder Locking Software

This is a good idea, just remember the folders that are locked, so that later you may be able to install in to the folder or write to the folder. It is not destructive to your system.

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Does Win 7 automatically detect where software should be installed? I see it choosing x86 a lot, should I allow it or try and put in the 64 bit program files folder?

A:Installing software in Win 7 x86 or 64 bit folder?

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Is anyone aware of any folder/file locking software that I can use to completely block access (read and write) to several folders on a removal USB?

This request is for a friend who keeps sensitive information on a removal USB drive. The idea is that if it is ever lost/stolen he can rest reasonably assured that the contents cannot be accessed.

Is there anything out there like this that anyone here has used? Preferable freeware?


A:Folder/file locking software

I assume this one would work(esp. option 2) Just make sure he has an unencrypted set as backup somewhere just in case

How can I use TrueCrypt on a USB flash drive?
You have two options:
1.) Encrypt the entire USB flash drive. However, you will not be able run TrueCrypt from the USB flash drive.
Note: Windows does not support multiple partitions on USB flash drives.
2.) Create a TrueCrypt file container on the USB flash drive (for information on how to do so, see the chapter Beginner's Tutorial, in the TrueCrypt User Guide). If you leave enough space on the USB flash drive (choose an appropriate size for the TrueCrypt container), you will also be able to store TrueCrypt on the USB flash drive (along with the container ? not in the container) and you will be able to run TrueCrypt from the USB flash drive (see also the chapter Portable Mode in the TrueCrypt User Guide).

That is an excerpt from here

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux - FAQ


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I am looking for software to back up my PC and Laptop.

The criteria I would like are -
1) to be able to shedule backup sets at different periods (eg documents daily; photos weekly; etc)
2) to do the backups as incremental, rather than everything every time.
3) to be able to see each folder and file on the back up device (ReadyNASDuo) - not a single compressed file.
4) to leave any files intact on the back up which may have been deleted on the PC/laptop (in case they were deleted accidentally)
5) to be able to select folders in groups for a set of backups (eg user data which may be on seprate drives.

Hope that makes sense, and that someone can recomend some suitable software.
Many thanks

A:File and Folder Backup Software

Most of the possible choices should meet all of those requirements. The one I use (Second Copy) does.

Here are some others to consider. Most are free.

Allway Sync
Folder Clone
Karen's Replicator
GFI Backup Home Edition

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