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Changing the "created" date for files under specific circumstances

Running Windows 7, I encountered an unexpected issue after converting thousands of .wps files to .docx format -- the modified date for all those .docx files became the date when they were converted from .wps format.  Thanks to experts who participated in previous questions, I've been able to restore accurate modified dates to the time stamps of most of those files.  This question pertains to the "date created" attributes for those files, which are now later than the modified dates.   I would like to set the "created" date equal to the "modified" date for .docx files -- only if the "created" date is later.  The .docx files are distributed among hundreds of subfolders within a single drive.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Hi ddantes,
One more time for DirDate! Take a look at the readme file in the copy you purchased or look at the PDF file with the doc that I uploaded in one of your previous questions. You will see a parameter called -FILEFIX with the following description:

"If the modified date of a file is earlier than the create date, the create date is set to the modified date."

This is exactly what you are looking for.

Also, I started working on a program for you based on your last question. See my final comment there and let me know if you're interested in pursuing that. Regards, Joe
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
I'm trying to perform this task, and so far, nothing seems to be happening.
As a test, I tried to fix the timestamps for around twenty files in a specific folder.  All the files have modified date<created date.  In a command window, I navigated to
V:\My Documents\Archived\Agendas   and then ran the command
DirDate - filefix.    I've attached screen shots of the command window, and the resulting folder details.Command window Folder window with file details
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
You have to give it the <filespec>. So the correct command line is:

dirdate -filefix "V:\My Documents\Archived Documents\Agendas\*.docx"

The quotes are necessary because of the spaces in the <filespec>. Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Oh, and if you want to do all of the subfolders, include the -R (recurse) parameter. So it would be:

dirdate -filefix -r "V:\My Documents\Archived Documents\Agendas\*.docx"
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
OK.  I got it to work, but not within subdirectories, only in the directory which is specified in the command line.  I'll see if adding the "-r" argument handles subdirectories...

It worked in many, but not all, subdirectories.   I find that difficult to understand!
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Yes, adding the -r will cause it to go into all of the subdirectories.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
> I find that difficult to understand!

Are you sure? Doesn't make any sense!
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
I agree it doesn't make sense.   Here are screen shots of the command line which was executed, and an example of a subfolder with some .docx files which weren't "fixed."Command line with recursive argumentSome .docx files weren't fixed
See Candidate Invitation.docx and HCA Letterhead.docx properties for examples.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Are you sure they're .DOCX files? Maybe they're .DOC files. If so, to get all of them, change the <filespec> from

*.docx

to

*.doc*
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Good call!   They were .doc files, and they are now fixed.
I'm satisfied that this housekeeping issue has been adequately settled.  That's a relief, because sometimes I need to provide the chronology of communications and files, and that was wrecked by my lack of foresight during the .wps to .docx conversion.

If you're still willing to post the program which you developed on the other question, I'd still like to implement it.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Glad to hear it! Yes, I'll be happy to post the program at the other question.

I agree with you about the date/time stamp on files...it is a crucial piece of information! I've written numerous macros/scripts that call DirDate to do various operations on file dates, all in the interest of having meaningful date/time stamps on files.
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