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    Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

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    Afternoon -

    I downloaded a zip file from the Gutenburg library and then saved it as a Word document. I then tried to delete the files contained in the zip file. I was successful except for .ppd and .gpd files. When I right-click on the files and choose open Containing Folder, I'm taken to the .CAB directory.

    When I right-click on a file in the C:i386DRIVERR.CAB directory, I only have choices of copy/extract. I tried extracting it to Desktop and deleting it from there: deleted from Desktop only.

    How can I delete these files, please.

    Thank you.

    Curious

    SInce this posting I've read that one should not try to delete such dynamic-type files. If true, I shall not attempt any further actions....

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Sorry, I'm confused. Did you really download a ZIP file and save it as a WORD document (.doc) file? Then what did you do? Were you successfully able to EXTRACT the files from the ZIP file? Could you be a little more step-by-step specific about what you did?

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Hi -

    Yes, I saved the ZIP file to a Word doc, without a problem. Then I deleted the ZIP file from Desktop, did a search for the unzipped files (identified as 3600), and deleted those I could. Except for the .PPD and .GPD files mentioned.

    (When I opened the ZIP file, it was in HTML format; I chose the Edit with Word icon (forget the exact terminology, the Word icon on the toolbar) and from there saved it as a .doc)

    Does this muddy the waters?

    Curious

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

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    <hr>Does this muddy the waters?<hr>
    </center>Yep !!
    Do you mean that you extracted the contents of the zip file to a Word document ??? How would you "save" the zip file "to" a Word document ??? And why would you delete the zip file before you were sure that you had accomplished what you had hoped ??? And where did you "find" the unzipped files. If the original file was in HTML, it might need those files to work.

    If the file in the zip file that you wanted to save as a Word doc was a text file you should open it, then copy and paste the text into a Word doc and then delet the zip file after confirming that the Word doc can be closed and reopened.
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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Forgot to ask... what message are you getting when you try to delete these files ???
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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Doc -

    When I opened the ZIP file, on the toolbar there was a Word icon. I clicked that and then from Save As, under File Type, chose .doc. I opened the .doc file, everything was fine, and THEN proceeded to delete it from Desktop.

    I found the files doing a search for "3600" which is how the Zipped files were identified.

    When I tried to del the files in CAB directory, the choices were copy/extract.

    (I would have done a copy/paste, but the file was well over 100 pages, so i thought taking advantage of using the Word icon was the more efficient way to go.)

    Thanks for your interest....
    Curious

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Well, as Ollie would say you've got a fine mess on your hands. No offense intended but you've made a mess of this one and we need to start over. Having said that, the first problem is the files you're trying to delete. Would you open Windows Explorer and navigate to the directory that contains the files you're trying to delete and make a screenshot of that directory showing the files in the right pane, please? Maybe then we can figure out what mechanism you need to use to get rid of the files. I don't have any idea what you're talking about with "3600" and that CAB directory.

    A Zip file has nothing at all to do with Word, necessarily. It's a mechanism for "packaging" files for more compact transmission over the wires. The normal procedure for dealing with a Zip file is to open it with either Explorer or WinZip or some other program. Then one should extract the files, preferably to a temporary directory of some sort. When you do that, all the files will have a file extension identifying the file (associating) with some software application. In this case, after we figure out how to get rid of the mess you've got, I think you need to start over by downloading the Zip file again, but we can talk about that AFTER this mess is cleared up.

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Curious,

    In addition what Big Al said, please describe exactly what you did, step-by step. From your post it is very difficult to understand what's happen and what your problem is.

    As I understand your post, you downloaded ZIP file and saved it to the desktop. This is clear. Next you opened (or unziped first?) downloaded ZIP file and saw a HTML file. Is it correct?
    Then you selected "open with Word" from context menu of that HTML file, and from Word File menu selected "Save As" and saved the file somewhere else under different name.

    What you did next is not clear. You deleted Zip file from the desktop - it is OK. Why you started to search for unzipped files? From where the name "3600" appears? Why are you started to search for CAB files (CAB files are a kind of archive files similar to ZIP files)? Why, for God's sake, you decided to touch Driver.cab file (it is one of Windows files necessary for new hardware installation)? I hope you did not corrupt your Windows installation yet!

    Please try to explain what you did once again!

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    For grins and giggles, how about a link to the ZIP file you downloaded?
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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Took the words right outta my mouth. I was gonna try to find that Gutenberg #3600 today. DL'd one last night but it was just a text file and I didn't see any Word option in the zip toolbar.
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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Hi, Mark & Doc -

    Have a mirthful read...

    The link is: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3600

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Doc -

    Here is the screen shot.

    I think I opened a can of worms that is taking up the Lounge's time unnecessarily: the unzipped file is working fine in Word (other than the hyperlinks, which I didn't care about). I was more curious than anything else about those files...

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    The files that you show in your attachment are from the Windows INSTALL cab files. They are NOT the ones from your download. And NO you can NOT delete them as they are "System Files".

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    Morning -

    Yes, your understanding of my steps is correct. I wanted to delete unnecessary, redundant files (before I learned not to touch CAB files). The 3600 name came from the downloaded .ppd /.gpd files.

    The 'puter seems unaffected by my missteps ( I could not delete any of the files I tried to, so I guess the 'puter saved me from myself....).
    And, as I said in my post to Doc, the file is fine as a Word document.

    I propose we end this conundrum I created. I feel guilty taking up so much time of all who are responding.

    Thanks to you all,

    Curious

    Thanks to all for your suggestions, hints, interest!

    Curious

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    Re: Deleting .ppd and .gpd files

    <hr>I feel guilty taking up so much time of all who are responding<hr>
    That's OK. We'll issue a refund immediately. <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19>
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