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Weird things happen... with my desktop.

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#1 jjj333


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:28 PM

I adjusted my Rar archive to extract to Desktop (C:\Users\jjj\Desktop)  - Yet, when I unrar an archive the files or folders appear not on the desktop, but in 2 different places.... (See Pic below). That means, there must be something "gone bananas" with the desktop.ini or me? How to get this back to normal?

You wonderful experts surely know what's going on and how to cure it. - I thank you in advance for your kind help!


Warm Regards,

          from young pensioner (74) Johannes, down-under in wintry St'g de Chile        :whistle:




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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:54 PM

Until someone better qualified gives an answer you require:


I have always created a New Folder as a temp or as i call it Unrared or Unzipped Folder.

Then when i unrar a specific file , i extract it to that created folder. { Or copy and Paste the rar to the Folder and then Extract Here }.

This way i am working with the contents of the rarfile in the new folder , and the original rar is where it was stored.

Once i have used the contents for whatever , i then delete the created folder contents , knowing that the original rar is still intact.


I found working on PCs and laptops to many people extract different rars to the same destination and when this envolves programs can become messy and confusing or corrupt.

Hope this helps to some degree , others may have a different view.

Edited by Havachat, 09 June 2015 - 08:55 PM.

#3 jjj333

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 10:15 AM

Thank you for your good advice. Yes, I did that, too. This way the Rar tool extract the its content within this dedicated folder. Yet, I'm afraid that the problems with the desktop.ini might not end there. It's a difficult issue to search for on the internet, because I'm not knowing the true cause of it. I tried various repair tools, but the problem remains...

I lately had problems with the "shortcut virus" (and maybe I removed too much?) which I resolved in this way: 

Firstly turn off wscript in task manager. Go to Folder Option > Show hidden files and Unhide all 3 Hide options. Check all drives, incl. drives of USB or storage devices. There you see your original files and hidden files with virus as vbs script file with a strange name. Delete these vbs script files on your drives.
If PC starts with "ShellClass", remove do the following:
Start > Search Desktop  > Desktop.ini and delete this file:
Then restart PC...
Alternatively: In CMD paste (depend on drive letter) this: 
attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d C:*.*
attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d E:*.*

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