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Thread: safe to delete AppData/Local?

  1. #1
    Gizzo Guest

    safe to delete AppData/Local?

    Is it safe to delete or change the location of AppData/Local and its
    subdirectories? I'm trying to regain space in C:

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Synapse Syndrome Guest
    No. That's where all your programs store their settings. Run the Disk
    Cleanup Wizard and delete all but last Restore Point if you are so short of
    space.

    No.

  3. #3
    Rainer Meier Guest

    Re: safe to delete AppData/Local?

    Well, this is only partially true. The AppData\Local and
    AppData\LocalLow folders are the folders where applications store their
    "local machine only" settings. This means that these files are by
    default not synchronized to the roaming profile share (usually only in
    use for corporate users).
    The AppData\Roaming folder contains the settings for the applications
    (at least according to the guidelines). The AppData\Local folder should
    actually only contain volatile data or data which can be re-generated
    easily such as caches.

    In case you use roaming profiles you sign off at one machine then the
    AppData\Roaming tree is synchronized to the roaming profile share. When
    you log in on another machine your profile gets pulled from the roaming
    profile server. This by definition does not include the AppData\Local
    folder. Therefore on this machine this folder is basically empty.
    Windows will then create some default structures like Temp or Temporary
    Internet Files folders automatically (empty). Applications which do not
    respect the volatile nature of the AppData\Local folder do not respect
    the guidelines (I usually try to avoid using such programs).

    Therefore it is theoretically safe to remove all files from
    AppData\Local\*\** folders. However I am quite sure you cannot delete it
    entirely as Windows will complain that it needs it (at run time).

    In case the OP likes to free some space he should clean
    AppData\Local\Temp\* and look out for some large folders to clean up
    selectively. For example Outlook tends to write the mail archive folder
    there (AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\Archive.pst. Just note that this
    is entirely correct from my point of view. This makes the Archive local.
    If I roam to another PC I don't need the archive. In case my HDD dies I
    just lose the archive (ie old e-mail). As the archive is usually growing
    quite fast it would be very bad to store it within the AppData\Roaming
    and synchronize it to the server at each login/logoff.

  4. #4
    Gizzo Guest

    Re: safe to delete AppData/Local?

    Thanks for all the replies. I've decided to just buy a new HD. I
    backed up my entire PC. Problem is Windows Complete PC Restore can't
    even find the image DVD but that should be another thread. Thanks.

  5. #5
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    Hi, I found 12.6GB of data in my TEMP directory in my AppData folder...

    Can I delete the whole TEMP directory? or at least the biggest files there?

    For example, there are 39 identical directories with a zip file and all the photos in that zip file...all exactly the same, except that it goes from Temp1 to Temp39...

    Why and how are these files created? Many seem like they came from emails that I sent to people...but some of the Temp zip files are with files that I haven't touched in years...

    Are these files related to backups?

    Thanks for the reply on the TEMP directory.

    My Outlook crashes almost every day!! I'm not sure why. It usually happens when I am launching Outlook. I turned off all the RSS feeds and most of the extra plug-ins...

  6. #6
    Synapse Syndrome Guest
    Yes. Type %temp% into an address bar (or the Start Menu?) select everything
    by pressing CTRL+A and then press DEL.

    BTW, your apps or the OS must have crashed many times to build up so many
    unpurged temp files!

    They`re bugs.

  7. #7
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    Sorry for hijacking an old thread, but it seems very relevant.
    On start-up I always have to acknowledge two separate warnings that wvwxut.dll and urpqpo.dll are missing from appdata\local\temp, and Googling these offers me no guidance.

    Oh you know me!

    Good day to you too.

    I must confess that your reply isn't quite as constructive and helpful as I might have wished, but still, just being acknowledged is a boost for my self-esteem!

  8. #8
    Michael Guest

    Re: safe to delete AppData/Local?

    Turn off your computer and go out and meet some real people for a change.

  9. #9
    St Guest

    Re: safe to delete AppData/Local?

    "Hazzer" <Hazzer.4fohpb@DoNotSpam.com> сообщил(а) в новостях
    следующее:Hazzer.4fohpb@DoNotSpam.com...
    >
    > On start-up I always have to acknowledge two separate warnings that
    > wvwxut.dll and urpqpo.dll are missing from appdata\local\temp


    Those are viruses. Check your registry for those names and remove every link
    you're coming across.


  10. #10
    R. C. White Guest

    Re: safe to delete AppData/Local?

    Hi, Hazzer.

    It's not your fault. Techarena doesn't bother to tell its "members" that
    their posts are not kept within the Techarena family but are broadcast to
    the world via Usenet and the Microsoft public news server - which is where
    I'm reading your post. I am NOT a member of Techarena.

    A major part of the problem is that Techarena doesn't bother to send the
    whole thread. Just your bare-naked post. So we readers outside Techarena
    have no idea what was discussed in the "old thread" that you hijacked. :>(

    Maybe this won't be as much of a problem soon because Microsoft has
    announced that it will close its public news server by October. But
    Microsoft can't close the whole Usenet, so I suppose Techarena's "members"
    will continue to get replies from non-members who will see their posts on
    Usenet and will wonder what was discussed before they got into the middle of
    the conversation. And those "outsiders" might be irritated enough to post
    abusive responses. :>(

    Please protest to Techarena about this. Since I'm not a member, my protests
    don't matter much to Techarena. :>(

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail Version 2011 (Build 15.4.3002.0810)) in Win7 Ultimate x64

    "Hazzer" wrote in message news:Hazzer.4fq6tb@DoNotSpam.com...

    Oh you know me!

    Good day to you too.

    I must confess that your reply isn't quite as constructive and helpful
    as I might have wished, but still, just being acknowledged is a boost
    for my self-esteem!


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  11. #11
    Michael Guest

    Re: safe to delete AppData/Local?


    "R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    news:OaSEVIoPLHA.5000@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Hi, Hazzer.
    >
    > It's not your fault. Techarena doesn't bother to tell its "members" that
    > their posts are not kept within the Techarena family but are broadcast to
    > the world via Usenet and the Microsoft public news server - which is where
    > I'm reading your post. I am NOT a member of Techarena.
    >
    > A major part of the problem is that Techarena doesn't bother to send the
    > whole thread. Just your bare-naked post. So we readers outside Techarena
    > have no idea what was discussed in the "old thread" that you hijacked.
    > :>(
    >
    > Maybe this won't be as much of a problem soon because Microsoft has
    > announced that it will close its public news server by October. But
    > Microsoft can't close the whole Usenet, so I suppose Techarena's "members"
    > will continue to get replies from non-members who will see their posts on
    > Usenet and will wonder what was discussed before they got into the middle
    > of the conversation. And those "outsiders" might be irritated enough to
    > post abusive responses. :>(
    >
    > Please protest to Techarena about this. Since I'm not a member, my
    > protests don't matter much to Techarena. :>(
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@grandecom.net
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > Windows Live Mail Version 2011 (Build 15.4.3002.0810)) in Win7 Ultimate
    > x64
    >
    > "Hazzer" wrote in message news:Hazzer.4fq6tb@DoNotSpam.com...
    >
    > Oh you know me!
    >
    > Good day to you too.
    >
    > I must confess that your reply isn't quite as constructive and helpful
    > as I might have wished, but still, just being acknowledged is a boost
    > for my self-esteem!
    >
    >
    > --
    > Hazzer
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Hazzer's Profile: http://forums.techarena.in/members/257351.htm
    > View this thread: safe to delete AppData/Local?
    >
    > http://forums.techarena.in

    Dammit R.C.!!! You're trying to take my fun away!

    --

    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."



  12. #12
    R. C. White Guest

    Re: safe to delete AppData/Local?

    Hi, Michael.

    Sorry 'bout that. I sure hope you're not an old man who'll just kill me!
    :>(

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail Version 2011 (Build 15.4.3002.0810)) in Win7 Ultimate x64

    "Michael" wrote in message news:uFDv1EsPLHA.2068@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...


    "R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    news:OaSEVIoPLHA.5000@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Hi, Hazzer.
    >
    > It's not your fault. Techarena doesn't bother to tell its "members" that
    > their posts are not kept within the Techarena family but are broadcast to
    > the world via Usenet and the Microsoft public news server - which is where
    > I'm reading your post. I am NOT a member of Techarena.
    >
    > A major part of the problem is that Techarena doesn't bother to send the
    > whole thread. Just your bare-naked post. So we readers outside Techarena
    > have no idea what was discussed in the "old thread" that you hijacked. :>(
    >
    > Maybe this won't be as much of a problem soon because Microsoft has
    > announced that it will close its public news server by October. But
    > Microsoft can't close the whole Usenet, so I suppose Techarena's "members"
    > will continue to get replies from non-members who will see their posts on
    > Usenet and will wonder what was discussed before they got into the middle
    > of the conversation. And those "outsiders" might be irritated enough to
    > post abusive responses. :>(
    >
    > Please protest to Techarena about this. Since I'm not a member, my
    > protests don't matter much to Techarena. :>(
    >
    > RC
    >
    > "Hazzer" wrote in message news:Hazzer.4fq6tb@DoNotSpam.com...
    >
    > Oh you know me!
    >
    > Good day to you too.
    >
    > I must confess that your reply isn't quite as constructive and helpful
    > as I might have wished, but still, just being acknowledged is a boost
    > for my self-esteem!
    >
    >
    > --
    > Hazzer
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Hazzer's Profile: http://forums.techarena.in/members/257351.htm
    > View this thread: safe to delete AppData/Local?
    >
    > http://forums.techarena.in

    Dammit R.C.!!! You're trying to take my fun away!

    --

    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."


  13. #13
    Michael Guest

    Re: safe to delete AppData/Local?


    "R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    news:et82RmtPLHA.2100@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hi, Michael.
    >
    > Sorry 'bout that. I sure hope you're not an old man who'll just kill me!
    > :>(
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@grandecom.net
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > Windows Live Mail Version 2011 (Build 15.4.3002.0810)) in Win7 Ultimate
    > x64



    I've personally never killed anyone. I just make the phone call. ;-)

    > "Michael" wrote in message news:uFDv1EsPLHA.2068@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > "R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    > news:OaSEVIoPLHA.5000@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi, Hazzer.
    >>
    >> It's not your fault. Techarena doesn't bother to tell its "members" that
    >> their posts are not kept within the Techarena family but are broadcast to
    >> the world via Usenet and the Microsoft public news server - which is
    >> where I'm reading your post. I am NOT a member of Techarena.
    >>
    >> A major part of the problem is that Techarena doesn't bother to send the
    >> whole thread. Just your bare-naked post. So we readers outside
    >> Techarena have no idea what was discussed in the "old thread" that you
    >> hijacked. :>(
    >>
    >> Maybe this won't be as much of a problem soon because Microsoft has
    >> announced that it will close its public news server by October. But
    >> Microsoft can't close the whole Usenet, so I suppose Techarena's
    >> "members" will continue to get replies from non-members who will see
    >> their posts on Usenet and will wonder what was discussed before they got
    >> into the middle of the conversation. And those "outsiders" might be
    >> irritated enough to post abusive responses. :>(
    >>
    >> Please protest to Techarena about this. Since I'm not a member, my
    >> protests don't matter much to Techarena. :>(
    >>
    >> RC
    >>
    >> "Hazzer" wrote in message news:Hazzer.4fq6tb@DoNotSpam.com...
    >>
    >> Oh you know me!
    >>
    >> Good day to you too.
    >>
    >> I must confess that your reply isn't quite as constructive and helpful
    >> as I might have wished, but still, just being acknowledged is a boost
    >> for my self-esteem!
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Hazzer
    >> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> Hazzer's Profile: http://forums.techarena.in/members/257351.htm
    >> View this thread: safe to delete AppData/Local?
    >>
    >> http://forums.techarena.in

    > Dammit R.C.!!! You're trying to take my fun away!
    >
    > --
    >
    > "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    > If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
    >



    --

    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."



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