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Windows 7: New AppData folder?

07 Aug 2011   #1
Winston2001

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
New AppData folder?

Hello,
I am new to the forum. Just found out something which I cannot understand..
I installed Win7 a while ago, and everything has been going smoothly. But now I noticed a new AppData folder in my user folder(on desktop). This folder is normally found inside C drive - user. This seems to be an exact copy of THAT orifinal folder. When this problem occured, start up was a little slow. There was one more newly created folder names 'searches', which was empty. I just deleted it. What should I do with the AppData folder? By the way I am running Win7 SP1.
Thanks for all your help.


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07 Aug 2011   #2
ZyanWu

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

The usual location for the appData folder is C:\Users\(username)\AppData

If you create a random file (for ex. a new text document) in the AppData folder that you want to delete, does that file also appear in the C:\Users\(username)\AppData folder?
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07 Aug 2011   #3
Winston2001

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Yes, it does.
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07 Aug 2011   #4
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

If you have no computer problems, i'd just leave it alone and hide the folders.

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Your AppDATA folder usually contains Windows Live Essentials data, and stuff like that.
No need to worry.

Best Regards,
FredeGail
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07 Aug 2011   #5
ZyanWu

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Just a silly question. Are you sure that the thing on your desktop is not a shortcut?
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07 Aug 2011   #6
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Good Question

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZyanWu View Post
Just a silly question. Are you sure that the thing on your desktop is not a shortcut?
I also would right click disk select tools and schedule a disk check and then reboot and let the disk check run and then look at the suspect folder to see if it is still there.
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07 Aug 2011   #7
Winston2001

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

No, it is not a shortcut. Size is 280MB. Inside there are the three folders - Local,LocalLow and Roaming.
I can hide it but why was it created? Again, when the problem first occurred, startup was somewhat slow. Not anymore, though.
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07 Aug 2011   #8
ZyanWu

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, it's a directory symbolic link. You can safely remove it.

If you want to recreate it open a command prompt and use mklink:
Code:
Creates a symbolic link.

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target

        /D      Creates a directory symbolic link.  Default is a file
                symbolic link.
        /H      Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
        /J      Creates a Directory Junction.
        Link    specifies the new symbolic link name.
        Target  specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link
                refers to.
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07 Aug 2011   #9
Winston2001

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZyanWu View Post
Yeah, it's a directory symbolic link. You can safely remove it.

If you want to recreate it open a command prompt and use mklink:
Code:
Creates a symbolic link.

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target

        /D      Creates a directory symbolic link.  Default is a file
                symbolic link.
        /H      Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
        /J      Creates a Directory Junction.
        Link    specifies the new symbolic link name.
        Target  specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link
                refers to.
sorry, I didn't quite get it. Would you please explain what I should do?
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07 Aug 2011   #10
ZyanWu

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

The AppData folder on your Desktop is a directory symbolic link. You can remove it if it bothers you.

If, in the near future, you want to re-create it or create another link to a specific folder you can use mklink.
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