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Windows 7: Random files in C://, where are they coming from?

18 Feb 2014   #1
abite

windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Random files in C://, where are they coming from?

What is all this crap in the attached image... It's in my C:// folder, and I'm pretty sure more of it is getting put there... not sure what program or how it's getting there, but what can I do?




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18 Feb 2014   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Those are temporary files, typically created by Windows Update or some other program installation.

Try cleaning that out using this:

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
Disk Cleanup : Extended

Reboot, and see if they are still present.
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18 Feb 2014   #3
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

whats in the folders - that might give you and others a clue

the dates don't gel with WU Patch Tuesday dates - unless you run WU in dribs and drabs

could be a program that has a redirect for its temp files - usually via an environment variable, might have been clobbered so its defaulting to C:\

pjd
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18 Feb 2014   #4
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Launch a Command prompt and type (or copy and paste)
set > %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Environs.txt
exit

Attach Environs.txt from your Downloads folder to your next post. Use the paperclip icon on the post menu to attach the file)I'm looking for two environment variables TEMP & TMP - both should be set to \AppData\Local\Temp
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19 Feb 2014   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Looking into my crystal ball, I see...
...a .NET update repeatedly failing
...or some app attempting to update MS Visual C++

I've seen both of those leave these files behind:
Unnecessary files creating in External HDD
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19 Feb 2014   #6
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

There are three named folders in the screenshot

01/10/14 06:14 pm | AdobeTemp
01/05/14 09:09 pm | Drivers
01/05/14 09:11 pm | Intel

I guess we'll wait for more info from abite
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19 Feb 2014   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Intel logs normally go in that folder in the root...
...but AdobeTemp does look like an environment/path issue.

I installed MSE while ago. It makes a folder like this in the root. It just cleaned up after itself (unlike some installers).
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24 Feb 2014   #8
abite

windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hey guys, sorry I haven't gotten back to you, thanks for your help! I've been busy the last couple of days, and I'll get back to you when I get back home to my laptop today. Thanks!
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