Thanks so much for your assistance on this. Yes, wow, "in for a suprise" is right - Windows shows the ActiveX "packages" (objects??), and when you go into that folder via some method other than Windows, you see all the .dll, .inf, .ocx etc files in there. My exploration there led to learning a bit about ActiveX, them being OLE extensions, finding that their contents can be accessed to a certain extent via the unique right-click context menu that the packages in Downloaded Program Files present to it's contents... And yes, Active XCavator is GREAT for seeing into the directory there and getting info on all the individual files that are hiding in there, thanks for THAT tip! A BYTE utility, wow, haven't thought of that great magazine in a longggg time...
Among the above-mentioned discoveries, I had another one that I think is cool enough that I'm going to pass on here, in case it may be of use to anyone else. My first encounter with the Downloaded Program Files directory was because a utility had directed me to a directory that it identified as C:\Windows\Downlo~1. I was puzzled, because there were two subdirectories in C:\Windows that started with "Download...", and I wasn't sure which of those two directories was being referred to. I guess I could have dropped into DOS (or Linux) and investigated the contents of the Windows\Downlo~1 folder, to see which of the two directories that Windows identified as starting with the word "Download" that was referring to, but I'm not good at manuvering around in either DOS or Linux and thought there might be an easier way to find out which 8.3 short filenames correspond to which Windows long filenames.
I came across this little gem: a .vbs script that will give the 8.3 short filename of any Windows file. Use a text editor, save the file with a ".vbs" extension, put the .vbs script icon on the desktop, drop any other file icon on it, and the script will present the short filename. I additionally dropped the script into my "Send To" folder so that I have it available via the right-click context menu of most files. Probably not something that people would find themselves using every day, but definitely useful when it's needed. I'm going to copy the code here, as it is so simple and others might find it useful. Too bad this is just a question-answer forum, no good way to post this unless I ask myself here how to find short filenames and then answer myself with a second post (which I just might do, lol). Anyway, perhaps someone will find this useful. The .vbs script is:
' Is object a file or folder?
If fso.FolderExists(WScript.Arguments(0)) Then
'It's a folder
Set objFolder = fso.GetFolder(WScript.Arguments(0))
rtrn = InputBox("Here's your short path:", "SHORT PATH", objFolder.ShortPath)
If fso.FileExists(WScript.Arguments(0)) Then
'It's a file
Set objFile = fso.GetFile(WScript.Arguments(0))
rtrn = InputBox("Here's your short path:", "SHORT PATH", objFile.ShortPath)
Again, thanks for your help with this, Derek...
Despite the java scanning app here for some reason reporting my system spec as XP SP2 in my profile, it is actually running XP SP3... Hmmm, velly intellesting...