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Windows 7: copy and move are both copy?

07 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7
copy and move are both copy?

In the Windows7 Explorer, when I move a file it makes a copy with - Copy.jpg (or whatever extension) appended to the filename. How can I make Move actually move from the source directory and overwrite the file in the target directory like you would expect it to?

To further explain:
  • left click and drag to select files at source directory
  • right click and drag selected files to destination directory
  • let go of right click and menu presented offers choice of move or copy
  • selecting move makes copies of files instead of overwriting
ie: if file.jpg exists in destination, the new file.jpg would be copied as file-Copy.jpg instead of overwriting original.

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07 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Works fine when I tried it on x64 build 7068, what build are you using?
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07 Apr 2009   #3
Orbital Shark


What build are you using as i've just tried with build 7068 x86 & the correct dialog asking whether to 'Copy & Replace' or 'Copy & keep original' appears. After selecting 'Copy & Replace' it then moves as expected.

This could be an undetected bug with a lower build.

Update: Good day Mr GRiM I see you've beat me to it LOL
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07 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 7

I'm build 7000 x64 (I'll add system specs to the bottom of this post)

When I drag a file to the destination directory, the right click menu only offers copy here/move here.
Here's a screencap -

I've never seen this 'Copy & Replace' or 'Copy & keep original'

How do I go about upgrading to 7068 or whatever is most current?

System specs:
Lian Li PC-V2100B * Enermax Galaxy 1000watt PSU * Gigabyte GA-EX5b-Extreme * Intel Core i7 965 3.2GHz Extreme Edition running @ 4.0GHz * CoolerMaster V8 * 6GB OCZ DDR3 1600MHz * 2 80GB Intel X25-M SSDs in RAID0 * 2 750GB Western Digital Caviar Blacks in RAID1 * WD SATAII 250GB w/16meg cache * Plextor 716A SATA DLDVD Burner * LiteOn BlueRay/DVD Rom * nVidia 9600GT w/512MB GDDR3 running dual ACER 24" AL2416W widescreens * DTV/DSL Internet connection at 10 meg per/sec down and 768K per/sec up
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07 Apr 2009   #5

64-Bit W7 GA Ultimate 6.1 Build 7600

I had the same problem with 7068 x64 so I just cut the file/folder and paste it to achieve the move function. THEN I discovered this registry change.

(A zipfile available here:
Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

Diy version here: To add 'Move to Folder ..'
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Cut and paste the stuff between the lines into notepad then Save as Move.txt. Close Notepad. Rename as Move.reg. Right click on Move.reg and select Merge.

You should now have Move To Folder .. when you Right Click on a selected object.

Same process to add 'Copy to Folder ..'
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Cut and paste the stuff between the lines into notepad then Save as Copy.txt. Close Notepad. Rename as Copy.reg. Right click on Copy.reg and select Merge.

You should now have Copy To Folder .. when you Right Click on a selected object.

You can now delete/archive the text/reg files.

Sorry cannot help on sources of ISO's I'm new to the torrent world.
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07 Apr 2009   #6
Orbital Shark


This is what should appear when the file already exists.
There are many torrents available of 7068 x64 but it might be worth waiting for the next release.

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copy and move are both copy?-untitled.png 
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07 Apr 2009   #7

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64

I use 7000 x64 and I don't have this probleme

When I select "move To" It work fine and move the files.
If files allready exists in destination directory I have the windows with the choise of overwrite or rename.

No need for "copy and replace" and "copy & keep original" in contexte menu
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