Solved Could not compress files

August 30, 2012 at 00:36:22
Specs: Windows XP Service pack 2
I have the book Killer Tips for Windows XP. I tried to compress files using the steps he had in his book.

Right click a folder go under properties on short cut menu. Click the General tab in dialog box click advance attributes. Check compress Contents to Save Disk Space click ok

I am not writing the directions because people do not know how to do it but because that is how the book tells me how to do it but it did not work.

And it does not mention that it can only work for certain Windows XP operationing systems.

Could it be that many of the tips do not work because I am using service pack 2?

The book does not mention you have to use service pack 3 or maybe I did not look closely at the book.

If you want to know why I don't install service pack 3 is because I have had many problems with Windows 7 and had to uninstall it and reinstall Windows XP.

I know easy right but not if you accidently erased the driver for Windows XP. Restoring the computer with restore did not work.

My father wanted to out in a new video card and thought you had to erase the driver before doing it. I think we had some directions telling use that. Then the problems started.


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August 30, 2012 at 06:03:01
Why do you want to compress files? If you need to free up space, clear out your temp folders, uninstall unnecessary/unused programs, delete stuff you don't need, move important files to an external drive or discs, etc.

And how old was that article about SP3? It's been available for over 4 yrs now & many programs require it. You're not doing yourself any favors by sticking to SP2.

If you intend to run an XP system for school (bad idea), you need to clean it up & get it to perform as well as possible. Get rid of Norton, it's bloatware & will definitely slow your system down. Uninstall it, run CCleaner-Slim (if you don't have it, get it), then install Microsoft Security Essentials. Here's the links:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

"It is an old computer"

Didn't you just post something about going to college? (post was deleted for some reason). You really should have a modern machine, preferrably a laptop/notebook (not a netbook). Walmart has plenty of decent refurbed laptops for well under $300. Here's an example:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-Refu...

Also, you asked about Microsoft Office in your deleted thread. Most colleges offer MS Office for free download, all you need is your .edu email address. Also, they sell other software at extreme discounts. My kid got Win7 64-bit for just $15 at the campus computing store.



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August 30, 2012 at 00:41:25
Disk compression has worked fine since Windows 2000 (and probaby earlier) as long as your disk uses the NTFS format. SP3 is not a pre-requisite. Having said that I would highly recommend installation of SP3 if only for security considerations.

Do you get an error message when you try to compress the files? It may be impossible to compress some system files, and you cannot have compression and encryption enabled at the same time. Other than that it should just work.


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#2
August 30, 2012 at 01:03:47
Yes I receive a message when I try to compress but the strange thing is it is still doing something but once I click the message it stops doing something. It also stops doing something when I minimize the file that is compressing

I am saying doing something because I am not sure why it is not doing something.

Also why does my computer getten frozen when I try to compress files by sending them to compress files.

I could only compress one or more than at the time.

I tried to compress by clicking on advanced attributed under short cut menu but it only worked once.


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#3
August 30, 2012 at 01:16:36
I am hesitate to install service pack 3. I found an article that said it has glitches and since I am had so many problems with uninstalling Windows 7 because the Windows XP driver was erased and could not be restored with the restore setting.

I do not want to mess with it.

I have had so many problems. I tried to use the internet and the websites froze and some websites I could not use.

I spent so much time talking to Microsoft but they could not help.

I called HP because I had a problem with there website. It worked fine for them. I called Century Link because I was told by Microsoft that the reason my computer was so slow was due to Norton Anti-Virus

Then I tried to do a live chat with them my computer froze.

I had to call them. They looked at my computer. Norton was not the problem it was the applications that were running the background.

He clicked on them using msconfig.

Now it works okay but can freeze if I have more than one Window open.

Norton told me that I am only allowed to have one Window open at a time otherwise it slows down my computer.

It is an old computer and if I update something the computer goes screwy.

I updated for Kodak printer and all of a sudden it would not print. I cleaned the print head. It did not work and it was slow.

I called Kodak and they found the update and it the XPS printer suddenly because the default printer. They changed that. Still I had an error when I tried to go under properties for the printer.

I had to contact them again because of dropped chat.

They had to reinstall the whole printer.

I know I could have done it myself but I did not want to make it worse. When I try to fix it than more problems can arise.

I am also hesitate to install drop my rights I know it only limits some browsing but I cannot risk that because I have some important websites I do go into and I do not want a program telling me where I can and cannot go.

I called service repair people they wanted to charge a lot.


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#4
August 30, 2012 at 06:03:01
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Why do you want to compress files? If you need to free up space, clear out your temp folders, uninstall unnecessary/unused programs, delete stuff you don't need, move important files to an external drive or discs, etc.

And how old was that article about SP3? It's been available for over 4 yrs now & many programs require it. You're not doing yourself any favors by sticking to SP2.

If you intend to run an XP system for school (bad idea), you need to clean it up & get it to perform as well as possible. Get rid of Norton, it's bloatware & will definitely slow your system down. Uninstall it, run CCleaner-Slim (if you don't have it, get it), then install Microsoft Security Essentials. Here's the links:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

"It is an old computer"

Didn't you just post something about going to college? (post was deleted for some reason). You really should have a modern machine, preferrably a laptop/notebook (not a netbook). Walmart has plenty of decent refurbed laptops for well under $300. Here's an example:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-Refu...

Also, you asked about Microsoft Office in your deleted thread. Most colleges offer MS Office for free download, all you need is your .edu email address. Also, they sell other software at extreme discounts. My kid got Win7 64-bit for just $15 at the campus computing store.


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#5
August 30, 2012 at 06:36:43
The posts were deleted because Celine1 you posted 3 times, please adhere to T&C's of CN which states do not multi-post, but stick to one thread.

My advice is to stop reading and stop taking advice, Googling will give you millions of hits of any issue, but the only answer is basic housekeeping as Rider stated:

CCleaner
Microsoft Security Essentials
Malwarebytes

...are the only software required, but it is important to undertake ALL the Microsoft Critical and Non-Critical Updates.

Regards software here in the UK my children both bought their software here:

http://www.software4students.co.uk


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#6
August 30, 2012 at 11:33:25
As you mentioned drop my rights I wonder if you saw this:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

At the end I mention the few things that I've collected over years that don't work with DMR. You keep your old IE icon for those, but honestly I mostly forget I'm using it. It never stops you reaching websites.

In any event, if for some reason you don't like DMR you just delete the DropMyRights file and the new icon. Nothing remains installed.

It's your computer so it's your choice - just wanted to make things clear.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
August 30, 2012 at 22:27:45
I do not understand about multi posts in one thread what if all your problems are not the same or does it mean not to ask the same questions because they were not if you read them close. I have different problems such as hardware and software. How can I stick to one thread if I have different problems

I try before I come to this site. Please do not assume I come here directly. Sometimes questions do not get answered and yes a lot of it I look up online and there are so many articles.

I do not understand why people are upset. I comprehend things differently than most people because of a type of autism and no I do not want selt-pity. It is just exhausting to explain.

But some people with autism like myself find the internet overwhelming with all the articles. I for one am a person with autism that has a hard time on the web because there are so many articles on the internet.

Also there are people being bombed, raped murdered and tortured and oppressed for profit, homeless and people get upset about multiple threads. It is no wonder why we have a society we do today because people get irritated about things that in the big scope of thing sare small when most of the world lives on 2 dollars a day and some have to walk 50 miles for wate

I do not mean to be rude but to anyone but I always wonder why in my life people around me can steal, lie and be rude and I have to accept that but if I do something wrong people get offended.

I would be much more concerned that we have a more 16 trillion dollar debt. They just passed that they can take your property without your consent.

Warrentless wire tapping and the Patriot Act where they can come into your house at any time without a warrent and jail you without a charge and no representation.

How about sex trafficking and rape as well as bank bailouts with tax payers money, drones, gps in our phones, rfid chips that are implanted in clothes and when you go into the story there are things called readers can read where and when you want them.

People who do nothing being tased. Government not answering our questions and genitically modified food.

We are losing our freedoms and my professor cared about if I stapled my paper.

There actually was poll conducted that society is not so nice to each other.

I think I will just go else where if I have problems and not this site. If people are so upset.


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#8
August 30, 2012 at 23:55:07
I think that we are wandering a little off topic here.

No one is getting offended or upset; just trying to help you and, at the same time, explain the forum conventions.


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#9
August 31, 2012 at 00:20:49
Apologies Celine1 if you felt reply was condescending, it was meant as advice, by reading your removed posts I would of said they were all related to taking bad advice and that yes they were linked in as one problem perpetuated another.................

ARM Devices are the future, great British Design !


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#10
September 2, 2012 at 23:56:05
I apologize as all. I want to download what each of you said and I am listening but everytime I do a little something different with the computer it acts strange.

I think I will download CCleaner. There is always a risk when you download anything.

I do admit after careful reading that I downloaded REST 2514.

I did recover the file but it is a shortcut and I cannot open it. How can I change it so it is not a shortcut anymore?


Suprisingly it did not find the original file.

I had deleted some files on my computer and my computer will not always let me delete individual files. If I do that computer becomes frozen.

I had to delete entire files.


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#11
September 9, 2012 at 01:18:12
Hello everyone

I am happy to report I have some more memory. I was wondering I have three frameworks on my computer

Microsoft.net Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2

Microsoft.net Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2

Microsoft.net Framework 3.5 SP1

Can I delete the third one and the first one or do I need to keep all of them?


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#12
September 9, 2012 at 01:27:02
I was wondering are there new computers out with more than one drive that is internal or is it just one. I do not mean like dvd drive and cd drives but like c: d: that is already in the computer?

Is it a good idea to partition a computer with only one drive?

Hopefully someone out there knows how to recover files that are hard to recover.

Also I know this sound like a strange question but are there any programs that you can use to recover overwritten files?

I know that sounds like a dumb question but I was thinking about this and sometimes it could be possible to over write something accidently it would be wonder if someone could develop a software where it would still keep the original file even if it is overwritten.

I know name the files different names I do not mean that.

Here is another strange question I think I asked my computer before but some files were deleted and no I did not delete them but as I mentioned before could only delete whole folders. These files I did not delete at all. I know that is impossible without me doing it but why would I lie

Yes, it cannot really happen but for me it did.

Anyone else have that happen to them and is it possible to retrieve these files?


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#13
September 9, 2012 at 09:18:16
Keep all three Net Frameworks.

Programs should be "Uninstalled", either with a provided uninstall or by going to Control Panel > Add-Remove.

Avoid deleting files or folders manually. This leaves registry entries stuck in the system (and other associated files), which can lead to all sorts of issues.

When a file is deleted it is not removed from the hard disk - it's just your access that is prevented. As you use your computer the hard disk space where files still exist (magnetic footprints) will get overwritten.

You can download programs that attempt to recover deleted files, such as this free one:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva
This has to be used "as early as possible" after the file deletion. If you have used your computer very much since then your chances of recovering a file are limited. For example you might only be able to recover part of a file (corrupted), which is not much use to you.

There is no standard answer to your question about whether it is worthwile partitioning a single HD - it all comes down to opionion. It's unlikely help you if the HD fails. Some folk keep the system on the first partition then load all data and programs onto the second one. This means that if Windows itself screws up it can be restored without messing up your own data. It might or might not preserve "programs".

You do have to ensure that the system partition is of sufficient size to allow for Windows Updates and so forth (it will grow). I generally see it as messy and usually keep to a single partition but that's just my personal choice. I use a USB HD as a backup device for all important data. This can be plugged into any old computer. Photo's etc are preserved to put back if I should ever need to restore after a system or HD failure, or for putting onto a new computer.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
September 9, 2012 at 23:39:04
Thank you for your answer. As I mentioned before I have limited income therefore I am not able to have a professional look at it or get a new computer. It is challenging getting a job at least where I live.

This is a side note but I am quite suprised why people have become. It is almost like those that want to work and cannot find jobs are looked down upon. It is truly sad that everything comes with a price.

No I do not want everything to be free but when large corporations charge for rainwater it makes you wonder what has happened to this world. I have also found there is greed with some businesses.

I am glad that some big companies still help at least they helped me and even though there products are not perfect at least they took the time to help assist me with my computer.

I was in Social Work for school and even though I do not agree with them about everything they are required to help people for pro bono. I admire people who help others with one strings attached that is so rare today.

I know I am rambling but I appreciate everybody's help here and would pay something if I was able.

If all all could be like that we would have a better world. We do not need the big corporations and government. We need to take care of each other.

They would not have so much control if the masses helped their neighbors. They got big because of the masses selfisness.



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#15
September 10, 2012 at 00:00:29
I know the problem says solved but they told me from Tom's Guide to put everything under one thread.

Another strange thing happened. Maybe I should write a book about strange things that happened to my computer that does not occur by others.

Just kidding

I had installed belkin and set-up a wireless connection and it worked. The problem is that I wanted to connect a media streaming player but the network did not work.

I looked at my network settings and the wireless network was gone. What happened?

Could it be that when I unplugged the cables and put them in again that the wireless network is gone?


This is what it says Local Aread Connection Network Cable unplugged

I have a Broadcom 440x 10/100 version 3.29 Integrated Controller.

I cannot ask Dell for help because my warranty is expired.


Unfortunately I some duplicate files and I have to delete manually otherwise I might accidently lose more data if I do not do it manually. As I mentioned that has happened.

Is there a way to prevent overwriten files or do have to change the name of the file if you do not want the overwritten?


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#16
September 10, 2012 at 07:52:14
"they told me from Tom's Guide to put everything under one thread"

I think I should clarify this. If you have started a thread on a topic the idea is to continue on there rather than start a new one. You add new information as if you were responding to the post - we will know who you are from your name. I do accept that "responding" might appear a little odd to some new posters - maybe that could somehow be made clearer on this website.

If you have more than one disrelated topic you can start a thread for each one. For example, you could have an email problem and also a CD drive not working. It is quite reasonable to have those two quite separate topics running at the same time. If you then want to say more about your "email issue" or your "CD drive issue" then starting a new topic is what is frowned upon. Even with those, if weeks have gone by without getting a satisfactory answer then I doubt anyone would worry too much about your raising the same topic again as a new thread. In that case it would be as well to update us about what you have already tried.

This is not rules for rules sake. If someone raises two posts around the same time but on the same topic then you are likely to get duplicated advice if a helper doesn't spot that there are two posts running. We won't necessarily know what you have already tried or what new information you might have provided on some other post.

In the extreme we have had folk posting an issue and expecting an answer within 15 minutes or less. When this doesn't happen they then raise a new post. I think you you will understand how wrong that is.

Excuse the length of this but I was just trying to make it clear that there are sensible reasons for this pholosophy. Nobody is "getting at anybody" just trying to avoid duplicate posts in order to run the show in the best and most practicable way.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#17
September 10, 2012 at 08:24:32
See #16 above about Tom's Guide.

Back to your Network issue. The very first thing you need to do is look in Control Panel > Network Connections and see if there is an entry for "Wireless Network Connection. If it is there you might find more information under Properties.

On the general topic of file deletion, you cannot ever have two identical files in the same place. It might "appear" to be so but that can be because you are not showing file extensions. For example, you might have "somefile.exe" and "somefile.jpg". They are different but without the .exe or .jpg extension showing they will "look" identical. Unfortunately MS don't show popular file extenions by default. On any computer my first step is to go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View and untick "Hide extensions for known file types".

If you have two identical system or program files (such as dll's) in different folders it is unwise to delete one of them. Often there is a very good reason for this apparent duplication. I would say that apart from some exceptional circumstance you should never delete files, unless they are created by yourself (pictures, documents,etc). Instead you either use a provided uninstall or Control Panel > Add Remove Programs. This will remove the associated registry entries too. File deletion, except those of your own, will almost always lead to problems sooner or later.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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