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Lechaim

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I've recently copied all my files from PC [XP Home] to laptop [Vista]. Things seemed okay but have since discovered that all my email addresses have been duplicated and that many other files have been duplicated, triplicated or even quadrupled. Can I resolve this problem without deleting each repeated file and how can I be sure it won't happen again?
 

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Can you give us a screen shot of what is happening?

What email program are the addresses displayed in?
 

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In my Windows Mail address book each name is repeated followed by [1]. The same is true in My Pictures & My Music. Under Program Files many of the Office templates have been triplicated, each one identified with [1], [2] & [3]. I understand from a Google search that this is a common problem with Vista. Lots of software claims to fix it at a price. A trial one I downloaded [that offered to fix twenty duplicates free] was only half way through scanning my computer and had already identified 5,000. If this a fault with Vista surely Microsoft should come up with a free solution instead of leaving users to shop around for pricey software!
 

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I could do that, but it would take me hours to wade through what must be thousands of duplicated files. Seems as though I may have to shell out for a program that claims to delete them all in one fell swoop.
 
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You already purchased a really expensive program to do what you want. It's called Vista.

Why not do what you need from the command prompt? Run the cmd in administrative mode. Go to the folder that has the files. Type: dir *[1]*.* You should get a list of all the files you want to delete. Now replace "dir" with "del". All of the files will be deleted.

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Courtneyc is right. There's no other way to do this. I know a program called Easy Duplicate Finder, but it's only for files with identical names occuring more than once in your hard drive.

You can leave it overnight on search. Or you can have your drive index in the background, and when it's done indexing, you search it up, and it will be near-instant.
 
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