In Windows Vista (not sure about other versions), I've noticed that Explorer may automatically link a file and a folder based on their names.
For example, if I go under Firefox, choose Save As, choose "Web Page, Complete", and save
page.htm, then Firefox also creates a
page_files folder containing stylesheets and images used by
From this point forward, Explorer treats
page_files as linked. Creating a copy of one also creates a copy of the other. Deleting one automatically (without confirmation) deletes the other. Renaming one, strangely enough, does not rename the other, but it does pop up a dire-sounding warning:
If you rename this file, it will no longer belong to the folder 'page_files.'
To rename it safely, open the file, save it with a new name, and then delete the folder 'page_files'.
Do you want to rename the file anyway?
Is there any way to configure or disable this file-folder-linking behavior? It's a nuisance to have Windows renaming or deleting files and folders without my telling it to, and the workaround of manually renaming one or the other then naming it back is tedious.