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Windows 7: Is it safe to delete the roaming folder?

31 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 
Is it safe to delete the roaming folder?

Hi, im just wondering if it's safe to delete the roaming folder at: C:\Users\User\AppData
my roaming folder is taking up a lot of space, 35 gb to be exact.


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31 Dec 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You may be able to reduce it by doing some disk cleanup. Mine is less than 2 GB.

I wouldn't delete it.
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31 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

how would i do this "disk cleanup"?
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31 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Google has the answer: disk cleanup windows 7
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31 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Ok i tried that... only removed 5 gigs, is there any other way to get more space? And i dont know whats taking up so much space on my computer.
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31 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

35GB ??



OK, the AppData\Roaming folder definitely should not (and probably can't) be deleted as it typically contains settings, temporary and cache files for many of your installed applications.

In fact, once you look inside this folder you'll see more folders with familiar-sounding names (Adobe, Microsoft, ImgBurn, Mozilla, Skype, TrueCrypt, Winamp, to name a few examples taken from my own Roaming folder).

If yours is taking up 35GB then that's because some particular application is storing a huge amount of stuff in there that it shouldn't be. You might browse around a bit and find out which one it is, then we can see why there's so much data in it, if it's safe to delete it, or if we can move it to another location permanently.
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31 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

FML....... Folder that was taking up so much space = Apple Computer, 34.9 GB worth of backups for my ipod !!! Yay!!!
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31 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Well guys thank you all so much!
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31 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

I knew it! Talk about a bad Apple.

Glad you were able to get this one tracked down and solved. Happy computing
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12 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

@Xnefoo: i have the same issue (well not exactly 35GB) i wanted to know what did you do to the file? Did you delete it or moved it, if so how?
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