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Windows 7: is it safe to delete windows folder in ..\jh\appdata

15 May 2010   #1

is it safe to delete windows folder in ..\jh\appdata

i have a user name john, whose appdata\windows folder properties shows 1GB file size, but when i select all subfolders and right click properties, it only shows 500MB.

can i delete the this appdata\windows folder or not?????????????????

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15 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

No, do not delete it, by any means. It is an important folder, and if you delete it, you will mess things up.
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15 May 2010   #3


how about subfolders in it?????? and why the file size are not matching up of appdata\....\windows folder and its subfolder are not matching up

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15 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Do not delete any of the subfolders in that folder. They are hidden, protected files, and protected for a good reason.

If you feel the irresistible urge to play around with it, be sure you have a full system image backup on hand in case of emergency.

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15 May 2010   #5

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

I agree those folders should not be deleted. May I suggest, that since it is in your nature to make changes to the system (wisely asking for advice, first) create a system restore point on a regular basis. By default, a new restore point should be created about once a week. Check your default points, make sure that they are being created on a regular basis. In addition, before making any changes create a restore point.

I might, also, suggest that you make a system image and put it in a safe place in the event that it is needed.

It is really better to be safe than sorry. Good luck

I see that I did not type fast enough. Good answer, Jon.
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16 May 2010   #6

Windows 6.1

Appdata is where the temporary and temporary internet files are kept. Usually that is the reason why this folder gets huge.
I recomend you to use "Disk cleanup" program (type in start menu) instead of manually deleting files.
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