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#1 drunkle

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 06:14 PM

I was going through Windows Explorer, seeing the sights, when I came across these folders in these pathways:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\DESIGNER
C:\Program Files\Common Files\MSSoap\Binaries
C:\Program Files\Common Files\SureThing Shared
C:\Program Files\Common Files\TiVo Shared\DirectShow
C:\Program Files\ComPlus Applications
C:\WINDOWS\VirtualEar

Web searches provided very little info on these (at least a newb to computers could not fathom the jargon). Any ideas as to what they do and why they are here? Is the MSN folder, that is apparently empty, used for much? I have no conscious dealings with MSN. I do not plan to delete them as I know nothing about them; then again, I have no real emotional attachment to them either. Just curious. :thumbsup:

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Edited by drunkle, 06 September 2007 - 06:16 PM.

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:00 PM

Well there is old trusty http://www.google.com

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 07:11 AM

Well there is old trusty http://www.google.com

I believe drunkle already said he'd tried searching the web. I just tried myself to find a layman's description explaining what they are for, and was unsuccessful.

To drunkle,

The way I think of the common files is basically out of sight, out of mind. They are there for a reason that I can't express well, but it probably has something to do with different programs depending on some of the same files. So Windows and other programs put them in a place that is easy to find..."Common Files".

I do look at them occasionally because some program I've installed will put their own common files in that folder. Office sure added a bunch in the Microsoft Shared folder. The reason I do take a look now and then is because sometimes a program I have uninstalled will leave behind a folder in the Common Files. So I'll manually delete it. But only if I know absolutely for sure that the files belonged to something I no longer have on my computer.

I've got a folder there now that I'm not sure of. It's Light Scribe and inside it has a bunch of files that I can tell are from Hewlett Packard. I don't remember seeing it before though. So I'm pretty sure it was probably placed there by some burning programs I tried recently and then later removed. Sometimes I can figure out where files came from by looking at the properties, but this time I can't tell for sure. So I'm just leaving that folder alone to be on the safe side.

I can tell you that the SureThing, TiVo, and Virtual Ear files look like they belong to something you have installed at some time that didn't come with the original set of Common Files after installing Windows. But if you have a Dell, Compaq, any kind of OEM install of Windows that included extra software bundles, they could have gotten there that way too.

I hope this has helped a little bit.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:59 AM

I can tell you that the SureThing, TiVo, and Virtual Ear files look like they belong to something you have installed at some time that didn't come with the original set of Common Files after installing Windows. But if you have a Dell, Compaq, any kind of OEM install of Windows that included extra software bundles, they could have gotten there that way too.



Thanks mommabear. The problem is that I did not install those programs. I do have an HP, which could be considered (and often is) the same a Compaq. As far as I know I have the full version of my software(s). Well, I'll just continue to leave them alone. No blood, no foul right?! But if anyone else knows what they do, please drop us a line. I am sure that there are more people out there with inquiring minds...

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