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Windows 7: Unwanted Files on Desktop


03 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Unwanted Files on Desktop

Weird, harmless, but irritating: Three files keep appearing on my [Windows 7 Ultimate] desktop, labeled "Appearance", Library" and "Saved Puzzles", none of which are used.

When the files are deleted, they reappear within minutes, without a reboot. Tried stopping "explorer" process in task manager, before deleting, but they still reappeared. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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03 Apr 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome,

If you goal is to put them out of sight, out of mind; try this

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide
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05 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 
Unwanted Files

Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, the files remained, but became transparent.
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05 Apr 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

qualister,
can you post a snapshot of what you are seeing on your desktop?
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10 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 
Unwanted Files

Here's the screenshot. Thanks for your interest.


Attached Images
 
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10 Apr 2010   #6

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Could you drag them to a folder in doucments?

Try going to properties>securities and make sure you have ownership and permissions.

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10 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

I can't make out screenshot.

Let's see if they are actually on Desktop or not.
START | type cmd.exe | RIGHT-click on cmd.exe | "Run as Administrator" | paste -

Code:
dir /a /o:g /q /x "%userprofile%\desktop" > 0 & start notepad 0
A notepad will open with results. Paste results into next post.

Do you see the folder names in the listing?

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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10 Apr 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

qualister,

I've the same problem as J.C. Griffith. I can't, even after enlarging with MS Paint, tell what they are.

Follow Griff's advice please so that we can see what's there.

What may help you in the meantime to get an idea of what those are is:
WIN + E
type %userprofile%\desktop in the Address bar (not the search bar)
Enter key

There you will see a "directory" listing of the Desktop's contents.

WIN is that key with the funny looking wavy flag on it.
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13 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, guys. WIN + E showed the files in the listing and, as you can see in the attached txt file, they are definitely on the desktop. Sorry about the screenshot quality.


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13 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

The 3 folders in question are in the DIR listing -
Code:
 Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 2A10-939E
Directory of C:\Users\DFE\desktop
12/04/2010  23:41    <DIR>                       DFE-PC\DFE             .
12/04/2010  23:41    <DIR>                       NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM    ..
12/04/2010  22:59    <DIR>                       BUILTIN\Administrators Library
12/04/2010  22:59    <DIR>          APPEAR~1     BUILTIN\Administrators Appearance
11/04/2010  23:25    <DIR>                       BUILTIN\Administrators House
05/04/2010  18:34    <DIR>          DOWNLO~1     BUILTIN\Administrators Downloads
12/04/2010  22:59    <DIR>          SAVEDP~1     BUILTIN\Administrators Saved puzzles
09/04/2010  11:47           460,671 GETTIN~1.PDF BUILTIN\Administrators GettingStartedwithPMC.pdf
08/04/2010  16:43            60,718 BASICG~1.PDF BUILTIN\Administrators Basic Guidelines to Working with Metal Clay.pdf
12/04/2010  13:50            70,144 ANZ-IN~1.DOC BUILTIN\Administrators ANZ-Institutional-Proposal-V02.doc
11/04/2010  20:16         3,510,640              BUILTIN\Administrators PMC.pdf
07/04/2010  10:42            17,720 BREATH~1.DOC BUILTIN\Administrators Breathing Exercises.docx
05/04/2010  17:11               968 BRAINW~1.LNK BUILTIN\Administrators Brain Workshop.lnk
27/09/2007  23:20           839,680              BUILTIN\Administrators Sudoku.exe
13/04/2010  16:55               856              BUILTIN\Administrators Sudoku.whs
10/04/2010  15:12            48,983              BUILTIN\Administrators Untitled.jpg
           9 File(s)      5,010,380 bytes
           7 Dir(s)  107,021,217,792 bytes free
Interesting to note that the timestamps of all 3 are identical.

Let's see what, if anything is in them. This command differs slightly from the last -
START | type cmd.exe | RIGHT-click on cmd.exe | "Run as Administrator" | paste -
Code:
dir /a /s /o:g /q /x "%userprofile%\desktop" > 0 & start notepad 0
A notepad will open with results. Paste results into next post.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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