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Windows 7: Strange Character Files In Windows.Old

08 Apr 2010   #1
Manigue

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bits SP1
 
 
Strange Character Files In Windows.Old

1) Performed a clean install after MoBo replacement.
2) Ran Brink's tutorial "How to Delete the Windows.old Folder in Windows 7".
3) All files/subdirectories removed except two (2) files.

These two file names are using strange characters, that I can't copy, rename, delete, move, etc. The characters are not Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic, Greek, etc. I could not find them in Microsoft's Word insert character tables.

They look more like glyphs from a Stargate SG-1 episode, Fifth Element movie or an off world Sci-Fi movie. They don't bother, just would like to remove them. They are 1 Kb in size and were created the day I ran the tutorial to remove the Windows.Old directory. That was a week after the successfull clean install.

Because of these two files, I can't fully remove the Windows.Old directory. Even the procedure in the tutorial fails.

Any ideas/suggestions?

Thanks.


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08 Apr 2010   #2
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Were there any files from the prior install that were encrypted?

You might try booting into safe mode and try to delete. Or even going into a command prompt.
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09 Apr 2010   #3
Manigue

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bits SP1
 
 

Hi Saltgrass;

As far as I know, I never encrypted any file. Tried from Command prompt and in Safe mode but no joy.

This is the directory path and file name listed by explorer:

C:\Windows.old\Users\MyName\AppData\Roaming\SecuROM\UserData\ЃϵϳЅЂϿϽϯІχϯπρЂϻϵЉЃϵϳЅ

In the command window the file name is (question marks):
????????"??????????

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09 Apr 2010   #4
YakSipper

Win7
 
 

Hey there. You can use a software called "Eraser" to delete the files with weird names. Don't try to erase them. Just delete within the software. Good luck!
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09 Apr 2010   #5
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

A Google search seems to say the file might be related to Digital Rights Managment. I found this site to analyse the file, but have never made use of it, so I cannot vouch for it.

Have you tried moving the files into the new SecuRom folder?

There were also tutorials about how to get rid of the files in my search, so you might check some of those.
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16 Apr 2010   #6
Manigue

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bits SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
A Google search seems to say the file might be related to Digital Rights Managment. I found this site to analyse the file, but have never made use of it, so I cannot vouch for it.

Have you tried moving the files into the new SecuRom folder?

There were also tutorials about how to get rid of the files in my search, so you might check some of those.
Thanks for this information Saltgrass. I think they came from several games. Had no idea!

Followed Brinks' tutorial and removed Windows.old directory and files using command (RMDIR -S -Q) in CMD window without any problem.

Again Thanks.
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16 Apr 2010   #7
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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