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Harddisk has severl unkown folders

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Man T, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Man T

    Man T Flightless Bird

    XP SP2
    I tried to install SP3 recently but failed. Since then my machine always
    reboot it self every 30 seconds. I booted from CD drive with XP cd went to
    recovery mode and type FIXBOOT.

    Now I found out in my second harddisk has several folders with name such as:
    0ae4089b57e590b744e373
    2a884b442db579e38084a
    .....etc.

    I cannot delete these folders.
    Each of these folders contains dll, exe and inf files, contents of them are
    exactly the same.
    Any idea what are these folders?
     
  2. DL

    DL Flightless Bird

    They are update files
    Run Disk Cleanup
    Reboot the PC, see if they can then be deleted

    "Man T" <alanpltse_NOSPAM@yahoo.com.au> wrote in message
    news:eNOVZYLpKHA.5520@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > XP SP2
    > I tried to install SP3 recently but failed. Since then my machine always
    > reboot it self every 30 seconds. I booted from CD drive with XP cd went to
    > recovery mode and type FIXBOOT.
    >
    > Now I found out in my second harddisk has several folders with name such
    > as:
    > 0ae4089b57e590b744e373
    > 2a884b442db579e38084a
    > ....etc.
    >
    > I cannot delete these folders.
    > Each of these folders contains dll, exe and inf files, contents of them
    > are exactly the same.
    > Any idea what are these folders?
    >
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 3, 4:47 am, "Man T" <alanpltse_NOS...@yahoo.com.au> wrote:
    > XP SP2
    > I tried to install SP3 recently but failed. Since then my machine always
    > reboot it self every 30 seconds. I booted from CD drive with XP cd went to
    > recovery mode and type FIXBOOT.
    >
    > Now I found out in my second harddisk has several folders with name such as:
    > 0ae4089b57e590b744e373
    > 2a884b442db579e38084a
    > ....etc.
    >
    > I cannot delete these folders.
    > Each of these folders contains dll, exe and inf files, contents of them are
    > exactly the same.
    > Any idea what are these folders?


    When Windows installs things, it may create a temporary folder
    consisting of 20-30 random letters and numbers
    in the root drive of the volume with the most free space. This
    explains why sometimes the folders are on your
    C drive or on some other drive - which one has the most free space?

    For example you may see a folder called:

    D:/9470bb12e8a4f3447657236478e41c5

    There may be other folders and files under the main temporary
    folder.

    These should normally be removed when the installation is complete,
    but sometimes they are not. They are harmless
    but annoying. You may think something is wrong when there is not or
    be afraid the files are really needed. To
    avoid confusion you can delete the temporary folders.

    You may be able to identify the installation (for curiosity) by
    looking at some of the folder contents and decide
    if that installation was okay, just delete the files/folders. If the
    installation did not work properly for some
    reason, running the installation again will just create a new randomly
    named temporary folder so the old temporary
    folder is really of no use.

    Sometimes the folders are stubborn to delete. Even if you are an
    Administrator on the system you may get a
    "sharing violation", "access denied", "being used" or similar type
    message when trying to remove the temporary
    folders. Installations sometimes use different permissions than a
    regular user with Administrator group might
    have.

    There are many methods to try to remove the folders and some involve
    third party programs to install or changing
    certain Windows settings that may compromise your system security if
    you don't change them back when you are done.

    Booting your system in Safe Mode (pressing the F8 key repeatedly right
    before XP tries to load) is a good method
    to try and remove the folders since it doesn't involve making any
    changes to your system configuration or
    downloading any third party programs.

    If Safe Mode does not work you can change the security of the folder
    to give your user Full Control over the folder
    by browsing to it in Explorer, click Tools, Folder Options, View and
    in the Advanced settings window, uncheck (at
    the bottom) Use simple file sharing (recommended), and click OK. This
    turns off the recommended simple file sharing
    on your computer so you will want to turn it back on when you are
    done.

    Right click the stubborn folder, Properties and click the now visible
    Security tab. Select your user name and
    check the box to allow Full Control, click OK to apply the changes.

    Now try to delete the folder.

    It is a good idea to go back into Explorer and turn back on (Enable)
    Simple file sharing (recommended) when you
    have finished.

    If none of the above work, try a popular third party tool called
    Unlocker.

    Unlocker can be download from here:

    http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

    Unlocker can be uninstalled when you are finished using it.

    Reboot when you are finished to be sure the annoying folders are
    really gone.
     
  4. Alan T

    Alan T Flightless Bird

    >>If Safe Mode does not work you can change the security of the folder
    >>to give your user Full Control over the folder
    >>by browsing to it in Explorer, click Tools, Folder Options, View and
    >>in the Advanced settings window, uncheck (at
    >>the bottom) Use simple file sharing (recommended), and click OK. This
    >>turns off the recommended simple file sharing
    >>on your computer so you will want to turn it back on when you are
    >>done.


    Sorry, I don't see the " Advanced " settings?
     

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