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Old 10-23-08, 14:52
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Hi, all. I'm running Windows Home Premium and I just happened to notice that my C:\Windows\System32\Drvstore folder is listed in blue instead of black. That's weird, right?

It contains a GEARAspi folder, which is, apparently, having to do with CD/DVD burning software. I currently have Blaze and AVS burning software, and have tried IMGBurn and a couple other programs I can't remember, but, as far as I know, nothing from Gear.

Anyone know what's going on?
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Old 10-23-08, 15:34
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This blue text usually means the folder is compressed. Go to C:\Windows and you will probably see lots of them.

You could run a search for "Gear" and see what other folders appear, but you are coorect in your assumption. This is a .dll for Gear software application. Also check the Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs and see if Gear is listed as an app.
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Old 10-23-08, 17:23
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Lev, thanks for your quick reply.

I checked C:\Windows and couldn't find anything else in blue. I can't find anything else in blue anywhere. Is that unusual?

I think I've solved the other mystery. I checked the date of the most recent file modification to the DRVSTORE folder against the install dates of my apps in Add/Remove Programs. The apps that correspond are all updates to iTunes, QuickTime, Bonjour, etc. I did an online search and found an article about Apple's (and several other developers') use of Gear drivers.

So, there you have it.
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You probably have certain files/folders set to be hidden, so it;s why you don't see what I do.

Glad you figured out the Gear drivers - thanks for letting us know. Useful info.
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Old 10-23-08, 17:46
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Actually, I'm showing hidden files and folders, and I've "un-hid" protected OS files. That's why I'm a little stymied as to why I can't find anything else in blue. But maybe it's not a problem?

In any case, I do appreciate the help, Lev. Thanks.
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Do you have NTFS file system or FATS?
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My file system is NTFS (although I myself have often been referred to as "Fats").
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Heh, ok...well it is specific to the NTFS file system. Having compressed folders is not a a problem - just takes a little longer to access them (not that you would really notice). The other time they go blue is if they are encrypted.
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Hmmm... Well, I've learned something new today, which makes it a good day. I take it, then, that the fact that the only blue files I can find in my computer are in the DRVSTORE folder is, while odd, not really a problem?
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Nope...not a problem You can always un-compress them too if you feel they are slow in being accessed and want to speed things up a little.
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Lev, thank you so much for your time, attention, and good spirits.
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