file locations in my computer

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  1. Hey guys..

    Running vista on my laptop. In 'computer' on the drop down menu that list drives and file locations, how do you delete these items? I can't right click and delete and can find no other way. Google wasn't much help and hoping some one has an easy solution. It seems to be storing random locations on files I've downloaded but no longer exist and some websites????

    Many thanks in advance.....
  2. You can't delete drives.....

    Surprised you have file locations mixed in with drives though. Unless the files are psuedo drives (quite common for encryption software such as cryptainer).
  3. I'd help answer if you explained it a bit better.
  4. thank you...

    when I open up 'computer' in vista and then go to the top, there is a drop down menu. It always says [computer] there is a drop down box which then expands and opens up. These are shortcuts to different file locations like c:\ and varitions of that. Now some of these locations don't even exist anyone and some are web site address... and there seems to be know way of deleting them... and since some are porn that I have downloaded and gf likes to use my laptop.... not good!!!
  5. Go to the windows icon (bottom left of screen) or press your windows button (usually bottom left of keyboard between Fn and Alt).

    Select 'All programs'.

    Select folder 'accesories'

    Select 'Command Prompt'

    Type 'format c:\'

    This will tell the computer to get rid of all your unwanted files, that your gf may go ballistic over.
  6. run a clean disk and fragmentation program??
  7. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    Or even get rid of all the files....

    Go to Filehippo ( - Download Free Software) and download CCleaner. Run that and see if it clears it.

    Might be slightly less painful than chocolate_frog's solution. (Although much less entertaining).

  8. You will have to edit the registry to clear the windows explorer history.


    Delete the urls you don't want seen. Exit out the registry, close your explorer window and then open back up again to test. Voila - no more evidence.

    To get into the registry in the first place. Hold down the windows key and press R, the windows key is the one with the windows logo on it, normally bottom left of keyboard. This will open a run line. Type regedit in here and hit return.

    Be careful in the registry if you can't find what i'm on about, leave well alone and start accusing your kids or missus of looking at porn sites, failing that blame it on a virus.
  9. Or he could take the easy way and use CCleaner (google is your friend)

    My option would be, password protect my account and create an account for her. If I saw her with a boot disk af any kind. Knoppix or such like. Bin the nosey insecure but techy biatch.
  10. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Oh this should be good...
  11. Ignore the frankly stupid suggestions above. PM me your email address and I'll speak to you tomorrow.

    No need for reg fixes, or downloading anything.

    Sent from my iPhone using ARRSE
  12. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    Isn't there a "clear history" option, similar to the one in IE?
  13. Really ? It's the only way I know for deleting individual entries if you've got an easier solution i'm all ears, and yes I know you can right click and choose to delete the history, but that does all the entries.
  14. Clear the whole of your internet cache and cookies.
  15. The best thing to do is to get rid of vista