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Windows 7: Deleting Entire Public Folder

15 May 2016   #1
Magnakai

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Deleting Entire Public Folder

do u think it is safe to delete the entire 'public folder', if i had already safely disabled Win7's library system from my os? on the navigation pane i no longer have favorites & library.

just assume i will never want to touch library, will never have another user account attach to this pc, and never have this pc join any network.


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15 May 2016   #2
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

It’s safe. You will suffer no ill consequences removing C:\Users\Public. However, I can’t see a reason for you to want to do so.

Removing the folder is no easy chore. After you take care of the file permissions, you will need to temporarily disable the Windows Search service if you stand any chance in deleting the “Libraries” subfolder. Only then may the Public folder be removed.

From my limited testing (on Windows 10), the Public folder will not regenerate once deleted. So make wise your decision.
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15 May 2016   #3
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Some apps might throw an error during installation or update when the public desktop cannot be found. Some apps might recreate the public desktop folder.
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16 May 2016   #4
Magnakai

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yes, i wonder if programs will choose another default location, if the folder can't be found. btw., i disabled the library system through this means :-

How to Enable or Disable the Libraries Feature in Windows 7

Pyprohly, actually what i am currently testing is not deletion. on my test pc i have hidden the entire folder through attrib +s +h, but i do not know the extent of this function. would system and other programs still be able to see it and write to it?

Make a Super Hidden Folder in Windows Without any Extra Software

so far i have encountered no ill effect, but i would like to make sure. or maybe in fact, programs have still been writing to it all this time lol.

any further advice would be appreciated.

ps. i have also disabled 'Favorites' on the navigation pane through this method :-

Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
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16 May 2016   #5
Magnakai

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Magnakai View Post

Pyprohly, actually what i am currently testing is not deletion. on my test pc i have hidden the entire folder through attrib +s +h, but i do not know the extent of this function.
i meant would u encourage this method over deletion. say if u only had 2 choices lol.
or maybe someone can provide a similar third option, i just want it to physically disappear.
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16 May 2016   #6
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Magnakai View Post
Pyprohly, actually what i am currently testing is not deletion. on my test pc i have hidden the entire folder through attrib +s +h, but i do not know the extent of this function. would system and other programs still be able to see it and write to it?
Yes you shouldn't have any problems with that however I would not delete that folder since it is used by all user shells.
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17 May 2016   #7
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Magnakai View Post
i wonder if programs will choose another default location, if the folder can't be found.
Behaviour would not likely be consistent between different software.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Magnakai View Post
on my test pc i have hidden the entire folder through attrib +s +h, but i do not know the extent of this function. would system and other programs still be able to see it and write to it?
Certainly. File attributes are nothing, really. They are only weak flags, indicators, that are handled at the application level. If an application doesn’t implement specific logic to read a file’s file attributes, they will not be acknowledged whatsoever.

See Alejandro85’s superb description on the matter: [quote in context]
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The hidden and system attributes are just ticks attached to each file for use by file managers and system utilities, such as the option in Explorer, for making it easier to the user to focus on its files and prevent messing with the system. It has been always that way, since the DOS days. Any program is free to ignore those at all and there is no enforcement that these attributes must do something in particular. All of those in the properties page of the file are just "eye candy" and should be treated as such.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Magnakai View Post
i meant would u encourage this method over deletion. say if u only had 2 choices lol.
Yes, yes, definitely. You are using the advanced feature as intended.
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17 May 2016   #8
Magnakai

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ok thank you.
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