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Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:22:28 PM »
Hello,

This is my first post as I have just registered here.

In the last couple of days, all shortcuts in folders have turned a light blue in colour.   For instance I have a maintenance folder on my desktop with many shortcuts within it and all links are now blue.  The closest to the colour is  :mitch:

I would be pleased of some help..........thanks you.
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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008, 12:20:58 AM »
Hi, dickw.  Welcome to LandzDown Forum.

Let's start with some questions for you: 

Had you installed anything or made any system changes prior to the change in shortcuts? 
Do the shortcuts in the folders work? 
What is the message received when you click the shortcuts? 
Do desktop shortcuts work? 
Can you create a new shortcut?
What operating system is installed on your computer (i.e., Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista)?


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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008, 05:23:20 AM »
Hello again, and thank you for your welcome and reply to my post.

My startup is now Selective with only Microsoft Services, Firewall, Antivirus, and Image backup enabled.  This was also changed when I installed the new Image software. I had Selective Startup prior to the changes mentioned, but more starting services on boot.

The links have now returned to the correct and normal colour that I have saved as shortcuts, but the earlier ones are still blue.

Here are the answers to your questions asked:

  • Yes, I have made changes - I upgraded my image software to a later version.
  • Yes, the shortcuts all work.
  • There is no message, the link opens as normal.
  • Yes, all the shortcuts work.
  • Yes, I can create a shortcut wherever I need.... as normal.
  • My OS is Windows XP/SP2.
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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2008, 04:28:12 PM »
Questions, questions, more questions!  You're going to end up in the LandzDown Lounge slugging down large mugs of liquid refreshment if I don't stop asking you questions.  :lol:

It certainly sounds as though the new image software was the source of the changes.  Since that is not an area I have much/any knowledge in, please let us know the image software name.


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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2008, 07:27:23 PM »
Thank you for your reply.  Questions are the only way we learn,

Ghost 12 is the answer!
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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2008, 09:04:58 PM »
I thought this may help, but with no edit button I am sending a further post to you.  :rose:
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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2008, 10:16:11 PM »
Thank you for posting the screenshot.  That helps a lot.  Did you/something recently use the compress contents feature?

Let's try something.  Right-click one of the blue files, and choose properties.  Then, on the General tab, click the "Advanced..." button.  In the "Compress or Encrypt attributes" section, is "Compress contents to save disk space" checked?

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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2008, 10:54:32 PM »
Yes it is enabled...........thank you for taking the time to reply.  :thumbsup:

I did notice when doing Disk Cleanup via System Tools recently that it took ages to delete "Old Compressed Files"

The very recent shortcuts made are not blue and they do not have 
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In the "Compress or Encrypt attributes" section, is "Compress contents to save disk space" checked?

So you have solved my problem,  8) so my next question:" Is it a worry to keep the blue shortcuts as they are? or do I need to uncheck each on? 
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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2008, 11:54:00 PM »
{Sorry about the edit time limitation, DickW.  That time is set short because we don't want logs edited after posted.  It is important for us to see the log exactly as produced.  As a result, the other forums get that fallout.  I removed your first reply to Aaron and kept the complete response.

P.S.  I'm glad to see you're finding your way around the site.} 


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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2008, 03:20:20 AM »
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As a result, the other forums get that fallout.


......that is okay re removal of the initial post, good idea.

Not sure what you mean by the quote above. 
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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2008, 03:42:04 AM »
Regarding Corrine's comment you quoted:  In other words, other online forums that don't have the edit timeout like we do here run into problems with edited posts.

Regarding the compressed (blue) files:  You can leave them compressed if you want, or uncompress them by unchecking that box.  Either way, your files are still there;  in a compressed state they (should) take less space on your hard drive.

The only caveat to compressing files is you can't use the built-in encryption option Encrypted File System (EFS) if you want, but down the road if you want to use EFS you can uncompress the files then.

For the curious, if you go to the Windows folder (usually C:\Windows) and you have Explorer set to how hidden and system files, you should see a bunch of blue folders with dollar signs in the name.  These are backup folders for the patches you install from Windows Update / Microsoft Update.  They're compressed by default and are there in the event you need to uninstall a patch for some reason.

Hope this helps,

Aaron

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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2008, 04:02:03 AM »
Your a great knowledge base to have around........thank you so much.

What would be the reason for changing to Encrypted File System (EFS)  for me? I am just a ordinary computer user that goes by: if it ain't broke don't be fixing it"!

Do you know why the files suddenly turned blue?  Was it anything to do with installing Ghost or changing my Selective Startup as explained earlier in this thread?

Appreciate you help.

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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2008, 04:39:06 AM »
You're welcome.  Thanks for using Microsoft products.  :)

With EFS I wouldn't normally assume that one would encrypt an entire hard drive.  Normally a whole drive encryption method (such as BitLocker available on certain editions of the Windows Vista operating system) is used for that.  EFS allows you to encrypt specific files and folders on your computer.  Let's say you do your taxes on your PC.  You can encrypt your tax files so that only you can access them.  Then, if someone else tries to read the files, they won't be able to.

Of course, there's ways to allow other users to access them, and if you don't back up the encryption key and for some reason your operating system goes nuts and you reinstall, you won't be able to read them either.  Use this appropriately (as in, back up your key if you use this).

Regarding why the files were compressed to begin with, I really have no idea.  Aside from checking the option yourself, the only automated way I'm aware of that does this is via the Disk Cleanup tool.  One of the options in the Disk Cleanup tool on Windows XP is "Compress old files" - other than that, I'm not sure.

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Re: Shortcuts within Folders turned blue
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2008, 04:54:59 AM »
I would not be doing my Tax online, my Accountant takes care of that thank goodness.

I would say I did it myself via the Disk Cleanup tool without being aware of it.

Again thank you, have a nice evening as I see it is in your part of the world.  It is 2.53pm here on Thursday.......
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