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Windows 7: Names of folders and files suddenly changed color

28 Nov 2012   #1
scottmcll

Windows 7 both 32 and 64
 
 
Names of folders and files suddenly changed color

Very odd. My laptop has two HDs and on one of them something has happened to make the names of all the folders and files appear in blue text, rather than black. Stranger still. When I transfer any of these files or folders to another machine, the blue is transferred as well. I can't find any setting that would cause this. Any ideas what has happened and how I can revert back to black?

Thanks much, Scott


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28 Nov 2012   #2
scottmcll

Windows 7 both 32 and 64
 
 

Sorry, never mind. I found out what was causing it. I needed to uncheck the "Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color" in the folder options>view dialogue.
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28 Nov 2012   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Do you really want the folders/files Encrypted or compressed?
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28 Nov 2012   #4
scottmcll

Windows 7 both 32 and 64
 
 

Actually, no. That setting must have been inadvertently checked. Is it recommended not to have files encrypted or compressed? What happenes if I uncheck it now?
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28 Nov 2012   #5
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

You need to decompress the files manually.

Compression is sometimes turned on by disk cleanup, make sure it's unchecked.
Open Computer, right click on a drive and select Properties then the Tools tab.

Names of folders and files suddenly changed color-disk-cleanup.jpg

Next, decompress the entire drive or if it's just one folder then decompress the entire folder.

Open an Elevated Command Prompt
Enter compact /u /a /f /i /s:c:\

Replace c:\ with the drive (or folder) you want to decompress.


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28 Nov 2012   #6
scottmcll

Windows 7 both 32 and 64
 
 

Thank you so much! Will do.
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28 Nov 2012   #7
scottmcll

Windows 7 both 32 and 64
 
 

When I unchecked the "compress this drive.." it asked if I wanted to apply the changes to all subfolders and files. I clicked yes and now it is going through a long operation that says it will take 5.5 hours. Is it decompressing everything on the drive, or do I still need to do the command prompt operation you mentioned in you last reply?
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28 Nov 2012   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Sounds like it's doing it for you. Let it finish and you should not see any more blue file/folder names.
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