Old 20-08-2002   #1
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XP Keeps On Compressing My Files

I have WinXP Home, with two HDDs under NTSC. I found recently that a bunch of my personal files are compressed. Then I looked into my Program Files, and found over half my program files were compressed. But I never told my HDD to compress them and the Compress Drive part for both drives are unchecked.

Please tell me why this is happening, how I can stop it, and how I can uncompress all my files at once.

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how can you tell that they are compresssed??

i think you can chose the compress option for every map" and for every " file"...did you check if it was enabled?
if it is en-abled..you have to uncheck the option for every file
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You know that folder option to half the text name for files that are compressed to be colored blue? Well a lot of my files were like that, and when I checked their advanced options, the compression option was checked.

I uncompressed them all by goin to Run..., then running "cmd.exe" and then typing the following commands:
cd \
COMPACT /u /a /s /i

But I still dunno why it did it in the first place, I mean I still have tons of HD space left on the drive, unless windows automatically compress files that are rarely used. But it even compressed a lot of files in the Windows directory.

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did the compressed files give you any problems??
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Well I've been experiencing a lot of times when explorer.exe would have a major memory leak, as in it would have 100% cpu utilization for no reason. Maybe its because of this, maybe not. The compressed files opened fine, though for like large ones I can see a lil performance degradtion. I just wanna ask does anyone know if WinXP has a feature to do auto compression on files that are rarely used or something?

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do not know about that..that would mean every body has the same problem..which can not be called a problem anymore

case solved..lol
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My drives are compressed all of them, I haven't noticed a performance issue or any other type of problem....And no XP will not compress unless told to do so.......
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Well I guess there's a slight possiblity I sleep walk and did something to the pc, though I really doubt it. But I guess its alrite as long as the files don't compress again for at least a few months.

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if you use xp's disc clean up you'll see an option to compress old files check and see if its ticked or not,if it is untick it. If you dont use a file in xp for a week or so it considers them old for some reason.

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Man, slayerking, ur a genius, thanks a lot, it was enabled. That just goes to show you that default options on Windows aren't always the best and that documentation for Windows sucks.

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Re: XP Keeps On Compressing My Files

Does anyone have disk compression enabled and if so does anyone have issues with it?
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Re: XP Keeps On Compressing My Files

You can also do away with the compression option all together by deleting the Compress Old Files option in the Registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches.
This also removes it as an available option in Disk Cleanup.
I use this reg tweak on every system I build.
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