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[Resolved] INF Files/ME, 18,000 of them

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by TomHill, Nov 27, 2001.

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  1. TomHill

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    I have been having some trouble with slow down, downloads, scan disk, anything that accesses my hard drive directories. In searching through some of them I found my Windows/INF directory to be loaded with over 18000 files-17MB. I have another computer in the house and it only has 500 or so. Its so bad that when I click on the inf folder a flashlight comes up for a couple of minutes before it can list them all. I know I don't need this many but I don't know which ones to delete
     
  2. Paul Nagel

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    I have alot of programs on my computer and have 1300 *.inf files. Look to see if you have duplicates. That amount seems way to high. Do a virus scan with updated paterens. If you dont have an A/V, then use the following to do a scan.

    http://housecall.antivirus.com/
     
  3. TomHill

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    I have installed Mcafee 4.5 with the lastest Dat files and it found no virus'
     
  4. Mosaic1

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    TRy this. Go to find files. Search C:\windows\inf
    Search phrase
    copy
     
  5. TomHill

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    I don't understand how to have it search for copies?
     
  6. Mosaic1

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    When you make a copy of a file, its name becomes copy of whatever.
    Out of curiosity, I wondered how many files you had whose names began with copy of.
    Therefore, if you went to find files and searched for copy>> What would you find? 18.000 files came from some source.
     
  7. TomHill

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    There were none named copy of...
     
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  9. TomHill

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    Thank you, I also contacted Microsoft, there is a know problem and a fix. If you use email support. They gave me an FTP site to go to with a password that was good for seven days. I downloaded the "Hotfix" as they called it and I no longer have a problem.
     
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