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    Empty folders deleted (XP Home SP2)

    I have a program called Dupe Checker Pro, with which I am pleased since it appears to do a dandy job of what I want. (It's not freeware, by the way.) The software is weak on documentation, both with respect to English usage and marketing examples, but I think the program is excellent.

    I can't reconstruct the sequence of events (or thoughts in my head) that led me to do it, but I deleted all of the empty folders on a partition, if I recall correctly. A significant number of desktop shortcuts vanished at once, and I don't know what else. Shortcuts are no big deal, but I'm worried about deleting empty folders that the system may expect to be in place.

    Regrettably I don't have a backup even though I have several backup programs. I do have other machines to see what other empty or otherwise folders are typical, but I would welcome advice.

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    Re: Empty folders deleted (XP Home SP2)

    <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> and plunge ahead. If a program needs the folder it will most likely create it if it does not exist. If a program has a big problem because a folder is missing you could try a reinstall. You've now discovered why backups are important particularly when you are performing major system maintenance.

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    Re: Empty folders deleted (XP Home SP2)

    Thanks Joe. I have to admit that everything appears to be working smoothly, but it gave me a start to see so many shortcuts vanish from the desktop. I may even have inadvertently invoked the Microsoft desktop shortcut cleanup without realizing it, which means that everything is definitely all right.

    Thanks, and I do have my fingers crossed and vow to back up.

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