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    HexBrowser

    HexBrowser is a tool that identifies file types. It does not care about the file extension, but opens each file to look for signatures so it can determine the exact type of a file. It recognizes more than 200 different file formats. <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware - 82KB

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    Re: HexBrowser

    Alan,
    Thanks, that's a nice utility.
    It turns out I already had the dll files in my system32 folder, but in doing a search I found many instances of these two libraries in the Program Files folders of other applications.
    I though most applications check for the existence of dll system files and only load them if not found. But then that's why I tune in here to learn about these things. It turns out a lot of my apps do not do this wasting many MB of space.

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    Re: HexBrowser

    Paul,
    Rather than write a few lines of code to check for the existence of these files, it seems some programs just include the required ones for their app and then have the code look for them within the local folders. One good reason to be careful if deleting supposed duplicate files. Wham, the app no longer works!

    Do a check sometime for Duplicate files on your system. You might be surprised at the long list that comes up.
    You are right. It's unnecessary wasted space but the answer you see most often is "Huge Hard Drives are inexpensive these days, so what's the difference if there are dupes". Twisted logic, in my mind.
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    Re: HexBrowser

    Be careful.

    Oft, those files are not duplicates, but customized versions of te system's version of te DLL.

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    Re: HexBrowser

    Howard,
    >>>Be Careful.

    That's exactly the point I was making. I do use a lot of utilities that clean out unnecessary files and junk entries, but I stay away from using a Duplicate File Finder. ( despite some of their claims to do an exact comparison )
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