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For the widely proliferated file name: Mscreate.dir
1) What is its purpose?
2) What is it that produces it?
3) Should I/we leave them around? Why or why not?
4) How best to not allow infestation if not desireable?
5) How best to remove them, if that is desired?

Seems like I should know, did know, some of this at one time, but it escapes me once more.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I delete them - but this tells you why they are there...

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q132/9/78.asp?LNG=ENG&SA=ALLKB&FR=0
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by:SunBow
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This article in effect sez, it seems, that the file is meant to allow users to keep empty directories around when Office Pro products are removed?
Strange.
This answers #1 & #2.
I thought I had seen cases where this file was not created, as if a reg key or switch or other option was used during an install. So I'd really like to hear more on #3-#5. It seems like unneccessary use of disk storage for option(s) rarely exercised.
Do I need to reject this to allow other input, or can you come back to this with more?
The Q# references only Win95 and Windows.  But it looks to be O/S independent, like it would apply to Win98 and NT.anyVersion?
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Rejecting as incomplete - still;
"Proposed Answer" may have reduced comments from others.
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Lee W, MVP earned 120 total points
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Sorry, I thought I replied (had some flaky computer problems and it was probably never submitted).

3) Should I/we leave them around? Why or why not?
This is answered in the KB Article - "If an empty folder does not contain this file, when you run Setup in maintenance mode, Setup will not remove this folder. "  The question is - is it important to YOU to have an uninstall program, should you choose to uninstall, remove the directories.  If so then you SHOULD leave them.  If not, then you can delete them and recover a small amount of space (1 cluster per file)

4) How best to not allow infestation if not desireable?
There is no option in Microsoft setup programs to NOT create these files - that being the case, if you DON'T want them, then do a search after you install any Microsoft products for "MSCREATE.DIR" and then delete them.

5) How best to remove them, if that is desired
Do a search after you install any Microsoft products for "MSCREATE.DIR" and then delete them.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Any search you do will require you search for hidden files.
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by:SunBow
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I almost feel silly on forgetting win explorer search, but there ought to be a better way, for sure.

In addition to office, I now see the Visual products doing it, may all of M$ one way or another.  For #4, I'll assume that the vaguely remembered installs that did not include the files were somehow canned in-house with a programmer tweak of a cleaning up of the files.  If I cared more I could follow trails around the office.  I had hoped for a simpler means or clarification of misunderstanding.

Not knowing any better, I'll follow your "I delete them"

unInterested lack of interest in topic other than we two.

oh, on hidden, I object to that M$ tendency so I always unhide all after any O/S install/change. But yeah, another reader may not notice this in Explorer, hadn't thought on that aspect.
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by:SunBow
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five q:'s at 5 ea, all answered, plus 5 more for pointing out many users won't understand if the silly files remain hidden.... go to leew, clicking acceptance of more elaborate, but it is a combination of all that make it work.
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