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Vista copying: Yes to all

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  • Started 6 years ago by faryn
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faryn
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Is there any way to get vista to overwrite files with a "yes to all" button that actually does "yes to all"?

In XP, when you said "yes to all" during a mass file copy, it took care of everything. It assumed you really wanted to overwrite the files. With Vista, it asks about every different type of file and folder.

Oddly enough, you can remove the delete file confirmation through the recycle bin; I no longer have to say "yes" every time I want to delete a file. Surely there must be some way to set permissions so "yes to all" really means that...

Thanks in advance for your help, everyone.

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jd2066
jd2066
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There should be a "Do this for all files" checkbox on the dialog somewhere.

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faryn
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There is, but again, you have to check it for every type of file and folder. XP's "yes to all" was a catch-all that worked for the duration of that copy operation.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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maybe it is a security thing for vista to do this for every file type

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jd2066
jd2066
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No, it's not a security thing. I think it's probably a limitation of Vista's new file copying system.
I'll look and see if anything can be done to change it.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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hey jd do you think you might be able to trouble shoot this one
http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....?replies=1

edit: or maybe just give some thoughts on it

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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@jd ya thats kinda what i meant but didn't really know how to say it

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jd2066
jd2066
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How many prompts do you get usually when copying files when checking "Do for all items" on each one?
Normally it shouldn't be that many. One "Do for all items" for Read Only files and one "Do for all items" to replace files, etc.

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faryn
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Well, for docs, images, folders. It gets worse when you copy to flash drive, because it alerts you that there are specific attributes that won't transfer. (Vista only, I suppose. I dunno.)

I'm transferring a ton of stuff (10 gigs of video, images, docs, etc.), and it may roll along merrily for a few minutes, and then come across a different file type, and ask about files like that. In other words, I have to baby sit the file transfer.

It just annoys me that I can get Vista to stop asking, again and again, if I'm sure I want to install something (it's a user account setting), and I can get it to stop asking to confirm deletes (a recycle bin setting), but I can't get it to take YES FOR ALL as an answer.

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faryn
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By the way, thank you for the help. I really appreciate it.

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jd2066
jd2066
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You could try using the Command Prompt with Robocopy. It wouldn't ask any questions though it would be a little harder to use and not have as good of a status dialog.

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ScottW
ScottW
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I like Teracopy for mass file copies. Nice GUI, integrates with Explorer, Vista compatible and gives you more control. Set the buffer size, copy-all, skip-all, and so on. If you search these forums, you'll see it mentioned by others.

http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

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faryn
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ScottW, I shall erect a statue in your honor. Thank you! It works like a charm.

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jd2066
jd2066
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That looks like a nice program. I think I'll download it and try it out myself.

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ScottW
ScottW
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Another statue? Just what I need. :P
Glad to be of help.

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faryn
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In all seriousness, it's a great little app. I'm using it on my laptop and desktop, and it's a huge help.

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