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System Files In Strange Location

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#1 animemonster


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Posted 01 August 2009 - 04:11 AM

Is it alright for system files to be sitting in the root directory? Aren't they supposed to be in the System or System32 folder? Is it alright if there is no System folder?

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#2 Romeo29


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Posted 01 August 2009 - 05:33 AM

Can you tell the names of those system files that reside in your computer's root folder?

Some system files do stay in root while other stay in different folders.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 05:49 AM

In a typical installation of XP installed on the C drive, some files are required to be in the C:\ and if they are missing XP will complain and/or you would not be posting from the computer. Sometimes, files end of there through actions of the user or an installation - log files for example. Most of the required files are going to be hidden and sometimes read only so you don't accidentally hurt yourself.

I do not have a C:\SYSTEM folder, but I do have a C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM and C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 folder.

I am happy with the contents of my C:\ because I look at it once in a while and clean up things that I cannot explain what they are and what they do.

Here is one of many articles (this one from 2003) that helps understand what you can expect to see in the system partition (C:\) and some of the folders that XP creates and mantains.


If you are not sure about a file or folder and can't find anything in a Google search, this is a good place to ask about specific examples.

I would say it is unlikely that "extra" files in the root directory are contributing to your slowness issue, but there is a "Slow Computer" sticky post at the top of this forum to help you get started and help you ask the right questions regarding that issue.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 07:01 AM

In a default install C: is your root directory and the hierarchy of your installed files and sub folders are listed under that directory

Your Operating files would be listed as C:\Windows\ Followed by the file or folder of a particular system file. The same is true for program files
under each folder or file there are sub files, so if you wanted to go to say your host file that path would or at least should be


If your talking about the folder that has a long number with two sub folders in it amd64 and i386 from what I have read it is a glitch
from updating to the latest net frame work and the files contained in that folder are what was extracted during the update.

I copied the folder and contents to a cd and deleted the folder with no ill effects.

There was further information on moving the folder and making an edit to your registry I will be happy to post links if you
would like but I don't really think that moving the folder and making any edits is necessary as deleting the folder caused
no ill effects

Computer help forums are full of those that go around the internet
clicking Willy Nilly and installing or downloading everything in site

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