Windows 10: How to compare two folders please?

Discus and support How to compare two folders please? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Is there a utility please (not command line) that would enable me to compare the contents of two folders, and report any differences please? 143324 Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by mjbj403, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. mjbj403 Win User

    How to compare two folders please?


    Is there a utility please (not command line) that would enable me to compare the contents of two folders, and report any differences please?

    :)
     
    mjbj403, Oct 27, 2019
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  2. How can I compare 2 file folders in Explorer to see if they are identical with information?

    I am trying to compare 2 file folders on my laptop and USB drive. I want to open them at the same time and do some sort of file compare to make sure they are identical. Can anyone suggest the steps to do this? Thank you!
     
    MaryDeMoss, Oct 27, 2019
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  3. jimbo45 Win User
    Directory / Folder compare program


    Hi there

    Has anybody got a link to either a Windows or Linux Directory / Folder compare program ?

    I just want a SIMPLE program that simply lists Files in A that don't exist in B and Files in B that don't exist in A. No Syncing etc etc required.

    I don't want contents of files compared or any of the other stuff these sorts of programs seem to have -- just a Bog standard NAME comparison -- don't care about dates / file sizes etc etc --just a simple list of Files in A that aren't in B and files in B that aren't in A. Just a NAME compare -- nothing else.

    Should be simple but all the one's I've looked for want to compare File contents too --if say you are running through a whole list of music mp3's or DVD iso's this will take a long time !!!! as a file contents compare would then have to read sector by sector !!!!.

    A CLI would do if there isn't a GUI around.

    Edit -- Found the answer --really neat one is kdiff3 in Linux (you need the KDE desktop though) - extremely quick amd flexible -- was already installed on my sytem/


    How to compare two folders please? [​IMG]


    I think there used to be a built in windows program windiff but I think that's gone now,

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Oct 27, 2019
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  4. enso Win User

    How to compare two folders please?

    Quick Access not searching Pictures folder

    Summary, that last suggestion didn't work.

    • I moved the pictures to another folder temporarily.


    • Since there were no troubleshooting steps for this scenario, just for the heck of it, I ran through the restore steps. Copied some pictures into the Pictures folder, ran a Quick Access search and initial problem remains: Searching all of QA doesn't find any files in Pictures folder, running search on just the Pictures folder does. I want to run a global search and find matching files in any/all of the Documents, Music, Videos, and Pictures folders.
    That article dates from 2015 and I'm guessing is out of date. I hope it didn't create potential future problems in my registry.

    Bottom line: I'm still looking for a fix.
     
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