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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jayeliot, Jan 25, 2004.

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  1. jayeliot

    jayeliot Thread Starter

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    I have Windows XP. I performed a few Restore Points over the past several months as I installed new software. I just noticed that my desktop now shows all of these Restore Points , and they look like icons on my desktop.

    Since they look like shortcuts, I right clicked and was going to delete them. I did not want these icons cluttering the desktop. If I send these to the recycle bin, does that mean I simply got rid of the shortcut, or will I have deleted the restore point altogether ?

    Thanks
     
  2. zephyr

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    If they have the tiny arrow on them, you can safely delete them. Hedge by sending them to the Recycle Bin though. Let's not be too daring. ;)

    Now, I'd like to know why that happened. Did it just pop up one day or did it do that from the get go?
     
  3. jayeliot

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    Zephyr,

    I copied these details from the properties of each of the icons that are on the desk top.

    The first 3 have icons that are rectangular, have what appears to be a folded corner in the top right and two gears intermeshing. The type of file is : Application Extension

    backup-20040103-095743-767.dll
    backup-20040103-095743-112.dll
    backup-20040103-095743-253.dll

    The remaining 11 icons are listed below. They too are rectangular icons with a fold in the top right corner with a small picture inside (I can't see the details.) Of these, 10 were created at exactly the same time : Saturday, January 03, 2004, 9:57:43 AM, while the 11th was created on Sunday, January 04, 2004, 9:34:55 AM

    backup-20040103-095743-350
    backup-20040103-095743-301
    backup-20040103-095743-308
    backup-20040103-095743-253
    backup-20040103-095743-195
    backup-20040103-095743-767
    backup-20040103-095743-173
    backup-20040103-095743-639
    backup-20040103-095743-536
    backup-20040103-095743-440
    backup-20040103-095743-112

    backup-20040104-093455-926

    When did they appear you ask .... well according to their dates, it would seem that they showed up on January 3rd and 4th. Nothing special happened on those 2 dates. According to the Restore calendar, all that hapened were system checks on January 3 and nothing on January 4.

    By the way, why does XP create these system checks and what do they mean to me ?

    So, do you have any idea why these would appear on the desktop. Why are the first 3 application files ending with a .dll , while the other 11 are different ? And do you still think that I should put these in the recycle bin ?


    Thanks for your help.
     
  4. zephyr

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    It appears that you may have installed something or else updated some existing software and it created backup files for what it replaced. I don't know why it placed them on your Desktop though. Perhaps right-clicking and checking the version information fields will point to their associated program.

    Yes, send them all to the recycle Bin for the time being. just don't dump them. If there's a chance someone may dump them accidentally, then put them all in a new folder instead and leave it on the Desktop until you're satisfied they are useless.

    I have no idea why the system check is taking place unless possibly you have Automatic Updating enabled or something placed in the Windows scheduler.

    >>The HiJackThis is a good diagnostic tool for seeing what's being called up and from where. Run it and do the scan, save the log and take a look at it to see if you can pick out something that would be relevant to the system check issue. If you need help, post the contents here.
     
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