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Windows 7: Dir mistakenly moved?

24 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7
Dir mistakenly moved?

I seem to have inadvertently moved a directory. The directory name is $WINDOWS.~Q. I'd like to know where the thing belongs so that I move it.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Apr 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Have you tried doing a system restore to a time before you moved it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7

I run a new Acronis image every night on my Windows 7 and Connie's XP so that is surely a (last) option. The process involves a couple of hours. I was hoping that I could just stick the thing back where it (more or less) belonged. It surely doesn't belong under my manufactured dir for FF WEBE backups!

Do you know if Windows 7 is smart enough to look elsewhere for files it needs if those files are not where they properly lives?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Apr 2010   #4

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

Did you install Windows 7 as an upgrade to a previous system? If you did, this is probably a remnant of that installation. Most people find the folder in the C:\ directory. If you'd like to replace it you can do that, but if you've had no ill effects with it moved, you may as well delete it as it's probably a large directory. There are likely more files with this odd naming scheme. Here's a way to delete them:

More on it in steps #17 & 18 of this tutorial:

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7

I did upgrade from Vista and read your link. Thanks.

Unfortunately the fix isn't fixing the problem. I ran Disk Cleanup being sure to check the box for the upgrade files. The directory stayed put. I then moved the dir from where I had mistakenly stuck it earlier to C:\$Windows.Q and again ran Disk Cleanup.

Now, although the dir is still there, a simple right click Delete does not recognize the dir. I get a windows error saying (paraphrased) 'Could not find this item. This is no longer located in C:\. Verify the item's location and try again.

I rebooted the computer but explorer reports the same message.

This morning I downloaded unlocker. I ran the program from explorer on the dir, released two processes which did not make a difference. I then Cut the dir and pasted same to a flash drive. The paste was successful but the source remained. I then dragged the dir to the same SSD location after first deleting the prior instance on the SSD and this was successful. The dir is no longer on C: I am pleased to report.

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