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Duplicate files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by John, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. John

    John Flightless Bird

    I have Windows XP with SP3. With a duplicate file finder I recently checked
    my PC and was very surprised to find so many. In most cases they were
    identified as just series of numbers and for me impossible to see what they
    were.
    Would it be OK to just delete all of them or would I run the risk to
    adversely affect my PC ?
     
  2. DL

    DL Flightless Bird

    If you don't know exactly what a file is for, then you run all sorts of
    risks in deleting it

    "John" <John@nomail> wrote in message
    news:311E35D5-3FD9-4593-AB58-3E54072AC784@microsoft.com...
    > I have Windows XP with SP3. With a duplicate file finder I recently
    > checked my PC and was very surprised to find so many. In most cases they
    > were identified as just series of numbers and for me impossible to see
    > what they were.
    > Would it be OK to just delete all of them or would I run the risk to
    > adversely affect my PC ?
     
  3. almostbob

    almostbob Flightless Bird

    'risk' implies there is two possible outcomes
    there is no risk, there is absolute certainty of adversely affecting the pc
    filename has no relationship to the contents of the file, its function

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    "John" <John@nomail> wrote in message
    news:311E35D5-3FD9-4593-AB58-3E54072AC784@microsoft.com...
    >I have Windows XP with SP3. With a duplicate file finder I recently checked
    >my PC and was very surprised to find so many. In most cases they were
    >identified as just series of numbers and for me impossible to see what they
    >were.
    > Would it be OK to just delete all of them or would I run the risk to
    > adversely affect my PC ?
     
  4. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 11 Apr 2010 16:02:13 +0800, "John" <John@nomail> wrote:

    > I have Windows XP with SP3. With a duplicate file finder I recently checked
    > my PC and was very surprised to find so many. In most cases they were
    > identified as just series of numbers and for me impossible to see what they
    > were.
    > Would it be OK to just delete all of them or would I run the risk to
    > adversely affect my PC ?




    Yes, you would run a risk. My advice is not to delete *any* of the
    duplicates, and to stay away from duplicate file finders; they can get
    you into trouble.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     

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