How do I revert the option to compress files to free up space on windows 2000?

Posted on 2009-12-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-08

I was in a crunch the other day for free space on my C partition of a windows 2000 server.  I did the disk cleanup, and checked the box to compress files to free space to get the space I needed.  I have since free'd up some space on the server and would like to revert that decision.  Is there an easy way to do this, or what is the method to uncompress all of the files that Windows compressed while using this option?  Thanks!
Question by:electricd7
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    I don't know of a way to find which specific files the utility compressed.

    To uncompress all files under a particular folder and its subfolders, you can use the compact command, e.g.

    compact /u /s:"c:\folder name" /i *.*

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    So couldn't I essentially do the same command with just c:\ to do all files and folders under C?
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    You could.  That would uncompress all files, including those which are normally compressed, such as hotfix uninstallers under the %systemroot% directory.  I don't think it would hurt anything, but I'd recommend testing with a non-production system first just to be safe.

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