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Windows Questions and Answers - Compressed Files Causing Problems

Gerardo writes in with a Windows question:
Question:
I recently tried to free up space on my hard drive by clicking the option "Compress Old Files." Since then, I have been having a lot of problems with my computer. It made me re-register Windows, it turned suddenly turned off my monitor for some time, and the system seems to be running slower. I would like to decompress the files. Is there any way I can do that? I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you!

Answer: I would try to uncompress the files on your hard drive to put them back to the way they were before the compression. Go to My Computer or Windows Explorer and find your C drive. Then right click on it and pick Properties. You will see a box that says Compress drive to save disk space. If it has a check mark in it, uncheck it and click Apply then Ok. If it doesn't then you may need to find the files that are compressed (The names should be in blue), then you can highlight them all and right click and uncheck the compress box.

 

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