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Windows 7 "Ghost" folders

Post by Cairtorm » Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:18 pm

I was attempting to install something on my computer, and it tells me to search the folder that I want to install it. So I just put Program Files (x86) as usual. After the installation finished I went to the folder (Or, tried to) the folder doesn't exist. So I tried search around computer, and nothing. So I decided to re-install. I chose the same folder, but then I noticed that in the little browser window to pick folder, a bunch of folders appear , that don't really exist on my computer, since I have long deleted/uninstalled them.
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I have my settings to see the invisible folders, but still can't find them. This is very awkward :(

So, does anyone have an idea on this.

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Re: Windows 7 "Ghost" folders

Post by Neptune24 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:09 am

Most programs when un-installed will leave the "program Files" folder behind. Also they tend to leave a load of crap in the registry. In regards to loosing folders that are installed, I'm not sure. Although are you installing a game?? I ask because the folders are not necessarily named as you think and it might be that the installer is putting the new install in the old folders. Find and open the folders that you have highlighted and see whats in them.

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Re: Windows 7 "Ghost" folders

Post by KnightRid » Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:07 am

It may just be a problem with Windows Explorer keeping folders displaying that are actually gone. I have had this problem for a while, even with refreshing the screen, they are still there.

If they are still there after reboot, then see the explanation above. If not, then it was the weird Explore thing.
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Re: Windows 7 "Ghost" folders

Post by hnzw_rui » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:13 am

If you installed programs without admin rights, they might be getting written to a different folder:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\VirtualStore
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Re: Windows 7 "Ghost" folders

Post by Cairtorm » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:38 am

hnzw_rui wrote:If you installed programs without admin rights, they might be getting written to a different folder:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\VirtualStore
Nice, I found it, but after AppData, there is Local :D

Can I delete the folders from there? Since the applications aren't even installed anymore ?
Seems to be only data from the games, not the real installations :T

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