disk cleanup



SteveZ
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?

Thorsten Matzner
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
SteveZ <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?

The option in Disk Cleanup means that old files are compressed and not
that they are deleted.
If you know for sure that you do not need the files, you can delete
it.
"How to Use File Compression in Windows XP"
(http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307987)

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07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
what files are compressed?

just system files?
or ALL files including user created files?


thanks



"Thorsten Matzner" <tmatzner@gmx.net> wrote in message
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> SteveZ <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
>>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
>>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>
> The option in Disk Cleanup means that old files are compressed and not
> that they are deleted.
> If you know for sure that you do not need the files, you can delete
> it.
> "How to Use File Compression in Windows XP"
> (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307987)
>
> --
> (tm)
> ICQ: 192649233

SteveZ
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
"cheers" wrote:

> what files are compressed?
>
> just system files?
> or ALL files including user created files?
>
>
> thanks
>
>
>
> "Thorsten Matzner" <tmatzner@gmx.net> wrote in message
> news:Ozu655wXFHA.3716@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> > SteveZ <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> >
> >>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
> >>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
> >
> > The option in Disk Cleanup means that old files are compressed and not
> > that they are deleted.
> > If you know for sure that you do not need the files, you can delete
> > it.
> > "How to Use File Compression in Windows XP"
> > (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307987)
> >
> > --
> > (tm)
> > ICQ: 192649233
>
>
>

Don MI
07-09-2005, 11:40 PM
"SteveZ" <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C94F00CB-EDEA-4F91-877B-B9E8DED8AE74@microsoft.com...
> is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
> some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?

If the files are data files that you do not need, you can {as Thorstan
posted} delete them. If they are program files that are for programs that
you do not need, then you should use Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs to
delete the program.

When Windows XP compresses a file, the file is still usable but there is a
uncompress delay needed to access the file. If Windows XP compresses a file
that you do not want compressed, right click on the file and select Expand.

Don

Don MI
07-09-2005, 11:41 PM
Correction. On reading my post I overlooked Windows Update files. These are
folders under Windows starting with $. These folders you can delete or move
to storage location and then go to Add/Remove Programs and remove them there
to cleanup registry. For these update folders, if you go to Add/Remove
Programs first and remove you will uninstall the update.

Don
"Don MI <>" <d7macm8@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> "SteveZ" <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:C94F00CB-EDEA-4F91-877B-B9E8DED8AE74@microsoft.com...
>> is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok
>> by
>> some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>
> If the files are data files that you do not need, you can {as Thorstan
> posted} delete them. If they are program files that are for programs that
> you do not need, then you should use Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs to
> delete the program.
>
> When Windows XP compresses a file, the file is still usable but there is a
> uncompress delay needed to access the file. If Windows XP compresses a
> file that you do not want compressed, right click on the file and select
> Expand.
>
> Don
>

07-09-2005, 11:41 PM
are my word document files, that I may have not used in a while, compressed
and if so are these deleted when using the delete compressed files?




"Don MI <>" <d7macm8@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:OC6Ko87XFHA.3032@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Correction. On reading my post I overlooked Windows Update files. These
> are folders under Windows starting with $. These folders you can delete
> or move to storage location and then go to Add/Remove Programs and remove
> them there to cleanup registry. For these update folders, if you go to
> Add/Remove Programs first and remove you will uninstall the update.
>
> Don
> "Don MI <>" <d7macm8@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:OaZbs$0XFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>>
>> "SteveZ" <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:C94F00CB-EDEA-4F91-877B-B9E8DED8AE74@microsoft.com...
>>> is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok
>>> by
>>> some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>>
>> If the files are data files that you do not need, you can {as Thorstan
>> posted} delete them. If they are program files that are for programs that
>> you do not need, then you should use Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs
>> to delete the program.
>>
>> When Windows XP compresses a file, the file is still usable but there is
>> a uncompress delay needed to access the file. If Windows XP compresses a
>> file that you do not want compressed, right click on the file and select
>> Expand.
>>
>> Don
>>
>
>

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07-09-2005, 11:41 PM
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<cheers> wrote in message news:e1sP$q%23XFHA.2684@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> are my word document files, that I may have not used in a while,
> compressed and if so are these deleted when using the delete compressed
> files?
>
>
>
>
> "Don MI <>" <d7macm8@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:OC6Ko87XFHA.3032@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> Correction. On reading my post I overlooked Windows Update files. These
>> are folders under Windows starting with $. These folders you can delete
>> or move to storage location and then go to Add/Remove Programs and remove
>> them there to cleanup registry. For these update folders, if you go to
>> Add/Remove Programs first and remove you will uninstall the update.
>>
>> Don
>> "Don MI <>" <d7macm8@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:OaZbs$0XFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>>>
>>> "SteveZ" <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>> news:C94F00CB-EDEA-4F91-877B-B9E8DED8AE74@microsoft.com...
>>>> is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok
>>>> by
>>>> some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>>>
>>> If the files are data files that you do not need, you can {as Thorstan
>>> posted} delete them. If they are program files that are for programs
>>> that you do not need, then you should use Control Panel, Add/Remove
>>> Programs to delete the program.
>>>
>>> When Windows XP compresses a file, the file is still usable but there is
>>> a uncompress delay needed to access the file. If Windows XP compresses a
>>> file that you do not want compressed, right click on the file and select
>>> Expand.
>>>
>>> Don
>>>
>>
>>
>
>

Thorsten Matzner
07-09-2005, 11:41 PM
<cheers> wrote:

>what files are compressed?
>
>just system files?
>or ALL files including user created files?

Windows will compress all files that have not been in use for some
time when using the compress option in Disk Cleanup. You can also
manually compress a file in its Properties > General > Advanced.

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Thorsten Matzner
07-09-2005, 11:41 PM
<cheers> wrote:

>are my word document files, that I may have not used in a while, compressed
>and if so are these deleted when using the delete compressed files?

There is no option to delete compressed files in Disk Cleanup. The
option reads "Compress old files", what means, that uncompressed files
on the HDD that have not been in use recently will be compressed (not
deleted).

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SteveZ
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
since doing this does not delete. do i want to check the check box or just
ignore

"Thorsten Matzner" wrote:

> <cheers> wrote:
>
> >are my word document files, that I may have not used in a while, compressed
> >and if so are these deleted when using the delete compressed files?
>
> There is no option to delete compressed files in Disk Cleanup. The
> option reads "Compress old files", what means, that uncompressed files
> on the HDD that have not been in use recently will be compressed (not
> deleted).
>
> --
> (tm)
> ICQ: 192649233
>

David Candy
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
Probably ignore. It's up to you. Those files, that haven't been used for 2
months, if you use them again, will take a fraction more time to open.


"SteveZ" <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:0441C477-D241-4BBE-8225-8DEC31FC1721@microsoft.com...
> since doing this does not delete. do i want to check the check box or just
> ignore
>
> "Thorsten Matzner" wrote:
>
> > <cheers> wrote:
> >
> > >are my word document files, that I may have not used in a while,
compressed
> > >and if so are these deleted when using the delete compressed files?
> >
> > There is no option to delete compressed files in Disk Cleanup. The
> > option reads "Compress old files", what means, that uncompressed files
> > on the HDD that have not been in use recently will be compressed (not
> > deleted).
> >
> > --
> > (tm)
> > ICQ: 192649233
> >

SteveZ
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
i have 2 computers(Dell) one has 20,748 files in compress old files and one
has 0 files in compress old files. is it normal for one computer to show 0 in
compress old files. Also how do see files taht are blue to determine if i
need to delete files? i went to windows in my c drive only what i highlight
is blue all else is black.

"SteveZ" wrote:

> is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
> some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?

Bob I
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
1. If Old files were not set to be compressed then there won't be any
compressed files because of that. It is that simple.
2. Deleting files just because they are compressed is a VERY BAD IDEA.
Suggest forgetting that idea as a method of selection for deletion.
3. Suggest using Disk Cleanup, provided on the Tools tab when you
r-click the drive and select properties.
4. Repeat DO NOT DELETE FILES based on them being blue or compressed.

SteveZ wrote:

> i have 2 computers(Dell) one has 20,748 files in compress old files and one
> has 0 files in compress old files. is it normal for one computer to show 0 in
> compress old files. Also how do see files taht are blue to determine if i
> need to delete files? i went to windows in my c drive only what i highlight
> is blue all else is black.
>
> "SteveZ" wrote:
>
>
>>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
>>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?

SteveZ
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
where do i find the disk cleanup tools tab? iwent to the tools tab in my
computer C: drive but can only find check for errors and defragment.

"Bob I" wrote:

> 1. If Old files were not set to be compressed then there won't be any
> compressed files because of that. It is that simple.
> 2. Deleting files just because they are compressed is a VERY BAD IDEA.
> Suggest forgetting that idea as a method of selection for deletion.
> 3. Suggest using Disk Cleanup, provided on the Tools tab when you
> r-click the drive and select properties.
> 4. Repeat DO NOT DELETE FILES based on them being blue or compressed.
>
> SteveZ wrote:
>
> > i have 2 computers(Dell) one has 20,748 files in compress old files and one
> > has 0 files in compress old files. is it normal for one computer to show 0 in
> > compress old files. Also how do see files taht are blue to determine if i
> > need to delete files? i went to windows in my c drive only what i highlight
> > is blue all else is black.
> >
> > "SteveZ" wrote:
> >
> >
> >>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
> >>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>
>

David Candy
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\System Tools
"SteveZ" <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:3F2E801B-224D-4A5B-8159-FD6A5D731C89@microsoft.com...
> where do i find the disk cleanup tools tab? iwent to the tools tab in my
> computer C: drive but can only find check for errors and defragment.
>
> "Bob I" wrote:
>
> > 1. If Old files were not set to be compressed then there won't be any
> > compressed files because of that. It is that simple.
> > 2. Deleting files just because they are compressed is a VERY BAD IDEA.
> > Suggest forgetting that idea as a method of selection for deletion.
> > 3. Suggest using Disk Cleanup, provided on the Tools tab when you
> > r-click the drive and select properties.
> > 4. Repeat DO NOT DELETE FILES based on them being blue or compressed.
> >
> > SteveZ wrote:
> >
> > > i have 2 computers(Dell) one has 20,748 files in compress old files
and one
> > > has 0 files in compress old files. is it normal for one computer to
show 0 in
> > > compress old files. Also how do see files taht are blue to determine
if i
> > > need to delete files? i went to windows in my c drive only what i
highlight
> > > is blue all else is black.
> > >
> > > "SteveZ" wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is
ok by
> > >>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
> >
> >

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
This one is actually on the General tab, not the Tools tab.

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"SteveZ" <SteveZ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:3F2E801B-224D-4A5B-8159-FD6A5D731C89@microsoft.com...
> where do i find the disk cleanup tools tab? iwent to the tools tab in my
> computer C: drive but can only find check for errors and defragment.
>
> "Bob I" wrote:
>
>> 1. If Old files were not set to be compressed then there won't be any
>> compressed files because of that. It is that simple.
>> 2. Deleting files just because they are compressed is a VERY BAD IDEA.
>> Suggest forgetting that idea as a method of selection for deletion.
>> 3. Suggest using Disk Cleanup, provided on the Tools tab when you
>> r-click the drive and select properties.
>> 4. Repeat DO NOT DELETE FILES based on them being blue or compressed.
>>
>> SteveZ wrote:
>>
>> > i have 2 computers(Dell) one has 20,748 files in compress old files and one
>> > has 0 files in compress old files. is it normal for one computer to show 0 in
>> > compress old files. Also how do see files taht are blue to determine if i
>> > need to delete files? i went to windows in my c drive only what i highlight
>> > is blue all else is black.
>> >
>> > "SteveZ" wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> >>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
>> >>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>>
>>

Bob I
07-09-2005, 11:45 PM
OOPS! Sorry, first screen, lower right corner. (General tab)

SteveZ wrote:

> where do i find the disk cleanup tools tab? iwent to the tools tab in my
> computer C: drive but can only find check for errors and defragment.
>
> "Bob I" wrote:
>
>
>>1. If Old files were not set to be compressed then there won't be any
>>compressed files because of that. It is that simple.
>>2. Deleting files just because they are compressed is a VERY BAD IDEA.
>>Suggest forgetting that idea as a method of selection for deletion.
>>3. Suggest using Disk Cleanup, provided on the Tools tab when you
>>r-click the drive and select properties.
>>4. Repeat DO NOT DELETE FILES based on them being blue or compressed.
>>
>>SteveZ wrote:
>>
>>
>>>i have 2 computers(Dell) one has 20,748 files in compress old files and one
>>>has 0 files in compress old files. is it normal for one computer to show 0 in
>>>compress old files. Also how do see files taht are blue to determine if i
>>>need to delete files? i went to windows in my c drive only what i highlight
>>>is blue all else is black.
>>>
>>>"SteveZ" wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
>>>>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>>
>>

Bob I
07-09-2005, 11:45 PM
Thanks Doug, my miscue!

Doug Knox MS-MVP wrote:

> This one is actually on the General tab, not the Tools tab.
>

SteveZ
07-09-2005, 11:46 PM
in disk cleanup before i check compress old files, how do i find files to be
or not compressed? or should i just ignore the compress old files box and
only cleanup other files like temporary internet, etc>

"Bob I" wrote:

> 1. If Old files were not set to be compressed then there won't be any
> compressed files because of that. It is that simple.
> 2. Deleting files just because they are compressed is a VERY BAD IDEA.
> Suggest forgetting that idea as a method of selection for deletion.
> 3. Suggest using Disk Cleanup, provided on the Tools tab when you
> r-click the drive and select properties.
> 4. Repeat DO NOT DELETE FILES based on them being blue or compressed.
>
> SteveZ wrote:
>
> > i have 2 computers(Dell) one has 20,748 files in compress old files and one
> > has 0 files in compress old files. is it normal for one computer to show 0 in
> > compress old files. Also how do see files taht are blue to determine if i
> > need to delete files? i went to windows in my c drive only what i highlight
> > is blue all else is black.
> >
> > "SteveZ" wrote:
> >
> >
> >>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
> >>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>
>

Bob I
07-09-2005, 11:47 PM
Just ignore compress old files. Cleanup the others

SteveZ wrote:

> in disk cleanup before i check compress old files, how do i find files to be
> or not compressed? or should i just ignore the compress old files box and
> only cleanup other files like temporary internet, etc>
>
> "Bob I" wrote:
>
>
>>1. If Old files were not set to be compressed then there won't be any
>>compressed files because of that. It is that simple.
>>2. Deleting files just because they are compressed is a VERY BAD IDEA.
>>Suggest forgetting that idea as a method of selection for deletion.
>>3. Suggest using Disk Cleanup, provided on the Tools tab when you
>>r-click the drive and select properties.
>>4. Repeat DO NOT DELETE FILES based on them being blue or compressed.
>>
>>SteveZ wrote:
>>
>>
>>>i have 2 computers(Dell) one has 20,748 files in compress old files and one
>>>has 0 files in compress old files. is it normal for one computer to show 0 in
>>>compress old files. Also how do see files taht are blue to determine if i
>>>need to delete files? i went to windows in my c drive only what i highlight
>>>is blue all else is black.
>>>
>>>"SteveZ" wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>is it safe to delete compress old files? i have been advised that is ok by
>>>>some and that it is not ok by some. which is correct?
>>
>>


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