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    Windows explorer

    In Windows Explorer in my hard drive C and under Windows I have a whole bunch of BLUE DIRECTORIES and I was wondering if I need to delete these or never to touch them. I am attaching a screenshot of a few of them. Can anyone give me advice on this please. Thank you.

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    Re: Windows explorer

    Frannie,
    These are "hotfix patches" that were installed on your machine and include the UNinstall info to use if you had a particular problem with that patch.

    Some people recommend to leave them there forever but I and others feel that if a patch has been installed for some time and all seems to be working fine with the patch, then delete each file one at a time and note any problems. Most times there will be none if you have allowed enough time to elapse after installing the hotfix.
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    Re: Windows explorer

    I agree with Bob, Franny. If you Google the topic you'll get 50-50 opinions on whether the stuff should be left alone. Personally, I've always moved the directories to another drive after a "respectable" waiting period, then ZAP! So far ( <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> ) I've not had any problems. In addition, a lot of what you might read says that if you ever DID want to remove the patches/updates, you have to be very careful to remove them in reverse order of how they were installed, otherwise your system could go belly-up. Many of mine had the same dates, so I don't know how in the world I would ever know what "reverse order" might be. If I were you, I'd make sure you have a complete backup before removal, just to be on the safe side!

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    Re: Windows explorer

    The blue color indicates a compressed folder. Green indicates an encrypted folder (using Windows XP Pro's EFS feature). Not sure what color you get if you use both compression and encryption... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows explorer

    Jefferson,

    Combine:
    Blue=Primary color
    Green=Secondary color

    gets you:

    Blue-Green=Tertiary color.

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    Re: Windows explorer

    Do NOT delete the $hf_mig$ folder. It is required migrate files properly if there is a later conflict. See Description of the contents of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003 software update packages for more information.

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    Re: Windows explorer

    Anyone tried to move these to a separate folder, to at least hide them?
    It bugs me to page through them each time I explore the windows folder.

    BTW, somewhat off topic, but related to junk entries, I find having the .sqm files placed on the root (I understand by Media player) just as distracting?

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    Re: Windows explorer

    They are hidden folders. You must have changed your folder options to display hidden files and folders. I think that Windows is only doing what you told it to.

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    Re: Windows explorer

    <hr>Anyone tried to move these to a separate folder, to at least hide them? <hr>
    In a manner of speaking, YES, that's in effect what I do, with no problems! As I said in my post above, I MOVE the "uninstall" files to a folder on an external USB drive and leave them there for a week or two. I have a bunch sitting there as we speak. When I don't have any "system" problems and I never have had, I discard them permanently. As for the .SQM files, I don't have any.

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