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    I have Windows XP Pro... and I have been organizing my files and folders and moving things around to save space. I periodically check my folders before I delete them, to make sure there really isnt anything in them by hovering over them, to make sure they show as "folder is empty".

    Well, I finally ran into one that shows 18.0kb although I cannot see any files inside it. I thought it may have been a hidden file, so I went to folder options and checked "show hidden files and folders", but it still showed nothing.

    SpiderDude said it was thumb.db, although I dont know how it can be something that I cant see if I have already tried what I said above.

    Additionally, this hasnt happened on any of the other folders I have deleted before... so I don't get it!!!

    Any ideas? :helpsmile:
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    Wierd, if it is a folder on a second partition or in my documents or something then just delet it, how important could it be if it is only 18kb? lol.

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    would this be teh Xerox folder?

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    Originally posted by Sparsely@22 June 2004 - 18:51
    would this be teh Xerox folder?
    Ohhh you tryed to delete too huh? My thoughts when I upgraded my Xerox to a HP , Good luck .

    Edit: Sorry Printer

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    the mysterious Xerox folder.....
    noone still knows exactly what it's for, but yes, it's undeleteable.




    well....you can delete it by grabbing it from the Winlogon process, but it will be recreated at the next reboot.

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    HUH??? Xerox??? Mysterious???? My Documents?? Partition??? I didnt mention any of that... you guys are wacky!!!!!

    Simple, now watch fellas..... I have a folder, none of the above.... no xerox no partitions, no my documents.... its a folder on my desktop. I had some stuff in it... and now I (supposedly) have nothing in it. But it shows 18.0kb.

    What gives?

    And, to answer the (rhetorical) question of: How important can it be if it's only 18.0? Well, all the stuff that was in there previous to my cleaning it out was of some remote value to me, hence, if there is something mysteriously still in there, that for some reason I just cant see... I would like to know what it is. For instance, I have a lot .... I mean a lot of text files, of notes and poetry and ideas, and information from the net and so forth that I have saved as txt files. These txt files are small.. but of value... so, do you understand?

    HELP!!!
    "Maybe this world is another planet's Hell." - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

    "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
    - Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

    "Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes
    and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000
    vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons."

    - Unknown

    "The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting."
    - Gloria Leonard

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    Originally posted by musicmaster@22 June 2004 - 22:34
    HUH???  Xerox???  Mysterious????  My Documents??  Partition???    I didnt mention any of that... you guys are wacky!!!!!

    Simple,  now watch fellas.....    I have a folder,  none of the above.... no xerox no partitions, no my documents....  its a folder on my desktop.    I had some stuff in it... and now I (supposedly) have nothing in it.  But it shows 18.0kb.

    What gives? 

    And, to answer the (rhetorical) question of:  How important can it be if it's only 18.0?  Well,  all the stuff that was in there previous to my cleaning it out was of some remote value to me, hence, if there is something mysteriously still in there, that for some reason I just cant see... I would like to know what it is.  For instance, I have a lot .... I mean a lot of text files, of notes and poetry and ideas, and information from the net and so forth that I have saved as txt files.  These txt files are small.. but of value... so, do you understand?

    HELP!!!
    alright, i see, makes sense. It was kind of a joke, but ok. lol.

    Try doing: Start>run>type "cmd">click ok>now type:
    dir C:\documents and settings\{insert username here}\desktop\{insert folder name here}\
    it will tell you all files in that folder, if there are none, it wont say anything.

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    musicmaster I don't have a better answer than Rossco's, but I had the same thing happen when I suddenly lost power to my house. when I rebooted there was a folder on my desktop that contained 18k's of ...nothing too.

    Did you loose power recently? just asking because I would still like to know how and why it got to my desk top... if you find the answer, please post it here

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    I am grief stricken.

    Rossco, it was not a joke if you are referring to what I had said. I am completely serious. If you are talking about what all those other 3 said... then I suppose it is a joke. BTW... I did as you suggested and when I hit enter it says "The system cannot find the file specified"

    As for what you just said wontelly, and I repeat as stated before

    " I have a folder, none of the above.... no xerox no partitions, no my documents.... its a folder on my desktop. I had some stuff in it... and now I (supposedly) have nothing in it. But it shows 18.0kb."

    That is my quote from before. It is not a magical folder... it is a folder I created a long long time ago, that was in another folder. It had lots of documents and photos and links and lots of shit. I moved it to the desktop to make it more accessible. It had the problem before I moved it and still does. I probably "CAN" delete it... I do not wish to delete it because of what I have stated before.


    I need to know why it is showing that there is data, when I cannot see anything.
    "Maybe this world is another planet's Hell." - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

    "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
    - Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

    "Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes
    and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000
    vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons."

    - Unknown

    "The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting."
    - Gloria Leonard

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    No one is making fun of you! We have all discovered a folder we can,t delete , with me it was always a porn dialer . Restart in safe mode try to delete , or rename said folder ,then drag and drop to recylcle bin.


    Edit: Clean Prefetch.

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