Windows 7 tells lies about file sizes and timestamps.
Are there any Folder/File Comparison/Synchronisation that can tell the truth,
or do I need to activate and use the "Built In Administrator" account when using such utilities ?
Any advice or information will be appreciated - I am very new to Windows 7
Windows XP did NOT tell me lies, and a quick compare of C:\ with an image created one month ago would instantly remind me of any new application I had installed or any Google Toolbars or other malware etc that may have sneaked on board.
I have tried Winmerge and 4 other utilities and they all get the same lies.
At 11:06 I used Macrium to create a image file of C:\
Macrium mounted that image as R:\
At 11:18 "Synchronize It! 3.5" differences between C:\ and R:\ of
4442 files with different sizes
1.3 GB file size sum total discrepancy.
Most of the discrepancy is within C:\Windows\System32\.
There were only 116 files totalling 62 MB outside of that.
I find the same errors if R:\ is NOT a mounted image but an actual partition that has been restored.
My special interest is where the O.S. tells the Comparators that a file on C:\ is older and smaller than reality/Windows Explorer.
There are many such instances that seem inexcusable, of which accessibilitycpl.dll is but one example.
Archivers.gif shows a small group of files and differences seen by WinMerge and Synchronize It!
WinExplorer.gif shows the same small group of files as displayed by Windows Explorers
Properties.gif shows the properties of my example accessibilitycpl.dll
The top two were displayed by right click on the files in Synchronize It!
The top left is a lie that the O.S. tells to ALL comparators/synchronisers I have tested.
The bottom two were displayed by right click on the file in Windows Explorers,
and shows that Windows Explorer gives a different view of reality from Comparators.