Multiple Vista Desktops

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by m1234, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. m1234

    m1234 Guest

    Hello, I hope someone can help.

    My neighbour's Vista machine is in a mess and I am trying to help.

    The problem is that he has many many desktop folders. Under his user folder
    he has a Desktop folder. Click on that and there's a folder called Desktop.
    Click on that and another. This goes on and on for perhaps 30+ times.
    Worse there is another called Desktop1, with a nested array of 'Desktop'
    folders below. Worse still Windows Vista won't let you delete any of these
    because their filenames are too long. It won't let you move their location
    either to condense/combine them for the same reason.

    I don't know when the problem started or why.

    Any ideas how to extract him from this mess?

    Thanks

    samaritan michael
     
    m1234, Mar 14, 2009
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    sandy58 Guest

    He has been making a new folder ON his desktop each time & then adding
    it to the original folder thus using the same name again and again.
    Looks like you need to extract the contents of each folder & pasting
    to another folder with all other contents. Good luck.
    :)PS. Reading this back it sounds really "Irish".....no disrespect to
    the Paddies. :)
     
    sandy58, Mar 14, 2009
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    m1234 Guest

    thanks Sandy

    the problem is that Windows won't allow anyone to move or delete the files.
    Always it says that the filenames are two long.

    I've tried setting up a new account and trying to delete the old account but
    that just leaves all these desktop files in place (there are 82 levels!).

    Anyone else some ideas?

    Thanks


    "sandy58" <> a écrit dans le message de
    He has been making a new folder ON his desktop each time & then adding
    it to the original folder thus using the same name again and again.
    Looks like you need to extract the contents of each folder & pasting
    to another folder with all other contents. Good luck.
    :)PS. Reading this back it sounds really "Irish".....no disrespect to
    the Paddies. :)
     
    m1234, Mar 14, 2009
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    DanS Guest

    Have you tried renaming the folders you want to delete, starting at the
    earliest one, to a 1 letter name ?

    IIRC the MAX_PATH is like 260 characters.

    Or, going to a command prompt and using dir/x to get the files/folders
    real 8.3 names and delete using short file names ? (The 8.3 filenames are
    shown in the second column from the right.)


    Regards,

    DanS
     
    DanS, Mar 14, 2009
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    Jim Guest

    Try C:\users\name\desktop and then try to delete .
     
    Jim, Mar 14, 2009
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  6. m1234

    m1234 Guest

    Dan

    what a great idea. Thank you. Changed folder names and it allowed me
    access.

    After several hours on my neighbour's computer problems solved (this was
    just one problem!)

    Thanks again
     
    m1234, Mar 14, 2009
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    Tepid Guest

    If you run into this problem again..... which I have many times
    And you don't want to delete but move and straighten out the dee
    folder problems...

    What you can do, is map drive letters to the deep levels, this wil
    stop the folder too deep errors and you will then be able to split an
    move files/folders as needed
     
    Tepid, Mar 14, 2009
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  8. m1234

    m1234 Guest

    Hi Tepid,

    As I have said earlier, I fixed the problem by following Dan's suggestion of
    renaming each of the multiple Desktop folders into a single letter starting
    from the top. These then allowed me to combine or delete them.

    But have you any idea what might have caused 80 nested levels of desktop in
    the first place?

    Michael
     
    m1234, Mar 15, 2009
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    DanS Guest

    Wasn't my idea.....that solution was offered to someone here a week
    or two ago that had the same problem.

    But your welcome anyway.

    Regards,

    DanS
     
    DanS, Mar 15, 2009
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    m1234 Guest

    Well maybe. My neighbour uses a Maxtor extrenal drive with it's own Maxstor
    software to backup. Maybe it's the same software rebranded. I'll
    investigate when I get the chance.

    What's is more, because we live in France, we have French Vista. The
    desktop folder here is called 'Bureau' and is the normal dsktop. But my
    neighbour's system which I am helping out on, had these nested in English
    'Desktop' folders and 'Desktop1' folders too. Weird.
     
    m1234, Mar 15, 2009
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