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Crashed, & reloaded Windows95 When it came back, there was a blue *asterisk on my Favorites folder, and it reads empty.  Checking Properties, it shows 15 folders with 166 files, but I can not get to it.  

The reinstallation of Windows95 also caused me to lose my personal web server and other important programs.
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The C:\Win95\Favorites or C:\Windows\Favorites (depending on your install options) contains your favorites information.

First check and see if there is any information in it. If there is, try to copy it to an alternate directory (temporarily) and reinstalinf Explorer.

If after reinstalation fo MSIE you haven't recovered your favorites, try running scandisk.

If this does not work either, try copying the files you backed up to a temporary directory back to the favorites directory.

If this last step does not work, your out of luck.

Note: You might also want to backup your C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Internet Mail and News\Mail directory just in case.
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Thank you, I will give it a go.
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I copied the favorites file to a temp directory
  (it has 11 folders with 166 files).

It still have the blue asterisk on it, and will not let me
 " explore or open it.

By downloading IE again, it will remain the same (as originally  when the problem occurred, I had it in IE4.0 and throught that that might be the problem.
 I got rid of IE4.0 and brought back IE 3.0 .  the * was still there.

The question is how to remove the blue asterisk that seem to be blocking the file from opening.
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Is the * on all files or just on one file?

If its just on one (or alone) you have several options.

Delete the favorites directory and copy only the files that don't have the asterisk.

Try deleteing the asterisk from the DOS box.

Cheat, Inslall  Nestcape and let it do the Favorites porting for you..


If you have the asterisk on all files than you are running into one of the bugs of IE4. It's planned to run on Windows 97 (which hasn't been released yet)  And mioght be causing file system incompatibilities.

Try backing up the favorites directory to a floppy disk and seeing if the asterisk disappears.


If it doesn't try renaming the file from the DOS box. This can be pretty anoying using MS-DOS, you might want to download 4DOS from:

http://search.shareware.com/code/engine/File?archive=sim-msdos&file=4dos%2f4dos552%2ezip&size=531614

to help you. (you might want to dowload it anyway, its better, more compact, more complete  and more flexible than MSDOS anyways and supports full win95 file names.


If all else fails, download a disk editor from:

http://search.shareware.com/code/engine/Find?cfrom=quick&orfile=True&search=disk+editor&category=DOS

go into the directory sectors and change the asterisks to a valid character. Note: You will want to do this on the floppy copy anyways, and if you have never used a disk editor before, experimenting on a flopy is a must.

If you have any trouble with any of this, drop me a note at:

jkelleghan@usa.net

and we can explore other alternatives.
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