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What's The C:\programdata Hidden Folder?
Posted 20 June 2008 - 12:56 PM
I am using Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit), Service Pack 1 .
I have noticed that there's a hidden folder called C:\ProgramData and that it contains various folders corresponding to the softwares installed on my system but not as many as there are in C:\Program Files. Could anyone please tell me what purpose this C:\ProgramData folder serves?
Also, I have seen that there are some folders within C:\ProgramData corresponding to softwares that are no longer on my system. Is it safe to delete these folders?
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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:18 PM
It is not recommended that you change the location of the folder let alone deleting it! That probably explains why the folder is hidden from view.
"... By changing the default location of the user profile directories or program data folders to a volume other than the System volume, you will not be able to service your Windows installation. Any updates, fixes, or service packs will fail to be applied to the installation. Microsoft does not recommend that you change the location of the user profile directories or program data folders.
Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:48 PM
It is the same as this folder on XP:
<DRIVE>:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
Posted 22 June 2008 - 05:46 AM
Posted 22 June 2008 - 07:04 AM
Instead of deleting them, move (don't copy) them to a New Folder on your Desktop (and make a note of their location).
Leave them there for 2 weeks, then delete them to the Recycle Bin.
That'll give you another week or two before they're gone for good.
If, in the meantime, you find that you need them, it'll be easy to restore them to their location
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Posted 26 June 2008 - 05:59 PM
i did not intend to remove the entire folder of course. i only wanted to remove some subfolders corresponding to programs i uninstalled long time back, eg, VistaGlazz and LogonStudio. i hav deleted them now and my computer's running fine. thanx for all the info and suggested precautions.
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