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"a" folder in C drive? Windows 10


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#1 GawravDhomah

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 04:49 AM

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Hello guys, I have this folder on my c drive named a and it uses 7GB so i would like to know if i can delete it. 
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Posted 05 November 2015 - 06:07 AM

That's the folder that holds all of your Programs
If you delete it, most of your programs won't work (and it may even affect how Windows works).

Don't delete it!!!!


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:37 AM

That's the folder that holds all of your Programs
If you delete it, most of your programs won't work (and it may even affect how Windows works).

Don't delete it!!!!

But I already have these folders on my C drive.
The files i have screenshot are those in a folder named "a" on the C drive as you can see it the picture attached.
Thats why i've been wondering wether i can delete it or not.
Thank you.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:12 AM

The answer is still absolutely not.

 

Look at the screen shot you posted for the properties pane of the C:\Program Files folder.  It clearly indicates that this folder (which is behaving more like a link than a true folder) has its files physically located in folder C:\a.    That's really weird in and of itself and I have no idea how that ever came to be, but it is.

 

For comparison, here are the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folder properties on my computer:

 

 

 

Notice that the Location: field in each of these dialogs reads C:\.  No sub-folder appears, such as the C:\a on your machine.

 

Heaven only knows how this arrangement came to be, but if you delete C:\a on your machine you are in effect deleting C:\Program Files.  Such lies the way to madness.


Edited by britechguy, 05 November 2015 - 10:14 AM.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:33 AM

The answer is still absolutely not.

 

Look at the screen shot you posted for the properties pane of the C:\Program Files folder.  It clearly indicates that this folder (which is behaving more like a link than a true folder) has its files physically located in folder C:\a.    That's really weird in and of itself and I have no idea how that ever came to be, but it is.

 

For comparison, here are the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folder properties on my computer:

 

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Notice that the Location: field in each of these dialogs reads C:\.  No sub-folder appears, such as the C:\a on your machine.

 

Heaven only knows how this arrangement came to be, but if you delete C:\a on your machine you are in effect deleting C:\Program Files.  Such lies the way to madness.

Thanks for the help mate...
I'll leave there.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:41 AM

Notice that the Location: field in each of these dialogs reads C:\. No sub-folder appears, such as the C:\a on your machine.


This is because he did a right-click and Properties inside the C:\a folder. It doesn't mean that these are "links". See the screenshot below of my Windows 7 VM.
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GawravDhomah, can you right-click on the C:\Program Files, C:\ProgramData and C:\Windows folders (individually, one at the time), select Properties, then take a screenshot of these windows and post them here?

Edited by Aura, 05 November 2015 - 10:42 AM.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:52 AM

 

Notice that the Location: field in each of these dialogs reads C:\. No sub-folder appears, such as the C:\a on your machine.


This is because he did a right-click and Properties inside the C:\a folder. It doesn't mean that these are "links". See the screenshot below of my Windows 7 VM.
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GawravDhomah, can you right-click on the C:\Program Files, C:\ProgramData and C:\Windows folders (individually, one at the time), select Properties, then take a screenshot of these windows and post them here?

 

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:53 AM

Aura,

 

       I somehow missed the "a" in the address bar on the original screen shot, so I was clearly mistaken.

 

       It's still a complete mystery to me how that folder would even be there unless someone intentionally created it.  I've never seen a folder named "a" under the C:\ drive before in all my years of dealing with Windows PCs.

 

Gawrav,

 

        Based on your last set of screen shots I'd say that the entire 'a' folder structure is, indeed, a candidate for deletion.  It appears to have no connection to the actual system directories that Windows uses and heaven only knows how it came to be there.  Await a concurring opinion from Aura before proceeding to delete, though.


Edited by britechguy, 05 November 2015 - 10:56 AM.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:59 AM

The three folders are indeed physically located on the C: drive and have the right attributes. As for the "a" folder, the only explanation I have is that at some point you did a Repair Install or Upgrade if your Windows, which created the windows.old folder on your C: drive and by mistake you renamed it to a. Or a back-up software created that folder.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:28 AM

The three folders are indeed physically located on the C: drive and have the right attributes. As for the "a" folder, the only explanation I have is that at some point you did a Repair Install or Upgrade if your Windows, which created the windows.old folder on your C: drive and by mistake you renamed it to a. Or a back-up software created that folder.

That seems to be the best answer.
Thanks Mate :)



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:29 AM

No problem :) This being said, you are free to delete the "a" folder since it won't impact your system.

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 02:01 AM

So i've deleted the folder and rebooted and i got no problems 
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Posted 08 November 2015 - 10:05 AM

Thanks for letting us know Gawrav, you're welcome! :)

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