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Windows 7: Can we change the upper/lower case of filenames in Windows Explorer?

1 Week Ago   #11
Cool Javelin

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Windows is a funny beast as far as explorer is concerned (actually it's funny all over, but that is another topic.)

I have been experiencing issues changing the case of filenames also. Windows doesn't care, but my OCD does.

I think what is going on is caching or indexing. Windows will cache filenames in a couple of places, one is an index, another is a simple cache in explorer itself and this may be causing confusion.

If indexing is enabled, Explorer will read the filename from the index, not the drive. When you change the case of a filename, I think the drive gets changed, but Windows thinks nothing had changed so the index doesn't get updated.

This is why when you actually change the name of the file it works as advertised. The name change forces the index to be updated.

For example, open a command prompt and head to the folder in question.

type "dir this*" (without quotes) and check the case. I think the DOS prompt will show you reality although I can't say for sure.

I have turned off indexing for this (and all other) drives and I think that may be adding a wrench into this topic. I don't know if indexing interferes with the DOS listing, but I bet it is getting in the way of Explorer.

Could each of you please let us know if you have indexing enabled or not.

I have found that indexing doesn't give as much of a performance increase as Msoft would have you believe. Indexing itself takes time to do, and uses resources (memory) to do it. Maybe if you have a folder with 10's of thousands of files it may help, but my personal experience is it makes no performance difference, and uses resources I'd rather use elsewhere.

Mark.


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1 Week Ago   #12
GuccizBud

Windows® 7 (64-bit)
 
 


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cool Javelin View Post
Could each of you please let us know if you have indexing enabled or not.

Enabled in my case, and I posted in this thread about not having problems with the whole uppercase/lowercase renaming thing in Windows 7 Explorer.  ( ⁠And just btw, Windows 7 extended support ends in 6 months, for anyone like me who needs to be dragged kicking and screaming to Windows 10. That means no more Windows Updates after mid-January, 2020, leaving our systems more vulnerable to malicious attacks like ransomware, because newly discovered vulnerabilities in Windows 7 won't get addressed by Microsoft. This is really the subject of another thread, but since we're talking about Windows 7 ⁠. ⁠. ⁠. ⁠).


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cool Javelin View Post
I have found that indexing doesn't give as much of a performance increase as Msoft would have you believe.

It makes a huge difference if you have a lot of data. I have multiple data drives and I can actually tell if I forgot to index one of them from the length of time it takes to search that drive. It no doubt depends on how much data there is, with how much indexing will help being proportional to how much data you have; in my case it's thousands of data files spread over multiple drives.
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1 Week Ago   #13
Cool Javelin

Win7
 
 

GuccizBud:

This is getting a little off topic, but here we are...

I am totally in agreement with you on leaving Win7 kicking and screaming. I loathe Win10. (not to mention, I'd like to not give Msoft more of my money for another 4 copies of Win10.) I had the same emotional resistance when forced to upgrade from XP. More features, more security more overhead slower operation...

Yes, Support will end soon, but keep in mind, Win7 is very mature. As such, updates are coming out very slowly. I just did a quick DuckDuckGo search and see they haven't released an update since mid 2016. That's quite a while.

Just because support ends doesn't mean your copy of (updated) Windows will suddenly become a security risk.

I would think 99.9% of security risks would have already been handled by now.

Not really the case with XP. XP's IE could only go as high as 8 and that had some flaws they just never figured out.

Most security intrusions are from emails with links you shouldn't click. I would think buffer overruns and other security flaws are pretty much weeded out by now and Win7 will be secure for a very long time still.

Also, I am using Msoft Security Essentials. Will updates for that end too? I bet not as MSE is still used in the newer versions of Windows.

Mark.
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1 Week Ago   #14
GuccizBud

Windows® 7 (64-bit)
 
 

Re: Cool Javelin

Not talking about a major update to the operating system itself, I'm talking about the updates that get delivered through Windows Update. Those are monthly, second Tuesday of every month I believe it is... they are still going on, and it is THOSE that will end.

Something you may not know ⁠:  as you said, it's a mature operating system, which is why the majority of those updates every month are security patches. A security patch comes about because someone figured out a vulnerability in Windows that can be exploited... then a Windows Update comes out that patches Windows and "heals" that vulnerability so it can't get exploited anymore.

Here's the thing: those vulnerabilities never get fully accounted for, meaning new ones will always be found, because there are a lot of very, very clever hackers . . . that's why, 10 years after its release, vulnerabilities are still being found in Win 7 and still being patched and delivered to you by Microsoft via Windows Update. And it's not like there's any good reason to think that no further exploits can ever be found after support for Win 7 ends in 6 months.

So you see, that's why Windows 7 systems will be vulnerable after support ends; it's not a question of "if" they will be, they absolutely will be. I'm not trying to alarm anyone, and, truth be told, Microsoft has in the past come to the rescue of dead operating systems when a serious threat occurs (they patched XP and Vista, along with Win 7, in 2017 I believe it was, though I can't remember the name of the threat), and sometimes one of the major cybersecurity players like Kaspersky will figure out a patch that everyone can use . . . but there's no denying that, generally speaking, an unsupported operating system makes an easier target than a fully supported one.

'Kay, now we're completely off-topic, so I should probably disconnect at this point before I get banned or something, lol. 
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