[Lvlug] foobar windows desktop
Dann S. Washko
dann at thelinuxlink.net
Wed Jul 20 16:01:16 EDT 2005
Here is something interested I stumbled across today. While working on
a windows XP I accidently dragged then dropped (was on a laptop using
touch pad) the Startup menu item from the startup menu onto the desktop.
This copied the startup folder to the desktop, not moved.
When I went to delete the file it told me I could not do this as it was
a critical windows component. So I renamed it to something else. It
still would not let me delete it.
I dropped into safemode and even there I could not delete the folder. I
went down to the command line and even though I renamed the folder on
the desktop it was still called Startup when issuing dir. So I used ren
to rename it. At that point I was able to delete the directory.
But it does not stop there. I created a new directory on the desktop
and named it Startup. It would not let me delete this directory either.
I had to drop down to a dos window and rename the directory before I
could delete it.
We tried this on two other machines with the same results. You have to
copy the startup directory to the desktop first. Just creating a
directory called Startup does not produce these results.
Oh, and before you can rename the directory you have to remove the
read-only bit either in explorer or using attrib. Sometimes the
directory is a bit tenacious and takes a few renames and deletes before
it will go away.
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