Can I Delete This Stuff?


  1. Posts : 178
    W10 Pro v20H2 64-bit
       #1

    Can I Delete This Stuff?


    In my Personal folder there's a folder called Searches. It contains 3 folders, one the result of a search I did recently on my C: drive. One of the others is called Everywhere and contains over 212,000 items. The other is called Indexed Locations and contains over 3,400 items. I'm assuming I can delete the first folder. What about the last 2; they seem like nonsense to me. Are they 'system' folders that would get re-created as needed? Should I leave the folders and delete the contents?

    Thanks for any help.

    (I'm using the current version of W10.)
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  2. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro, 21H2
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    Rather than simply wholesale deleting things, although you could do so, my suggestion would be to go into Windows Settings and search on (ironic, isn't it?) "Search settings". Go to "Windows Search Settings". You find a number of settings here that allow you to customize search settings / behaviors.

    BTW, if you do decide to delete things, consider reaming a folder first. Test to make sure all is okay. If everything seems good, then you can finally delete the renamed folder. This way, if something does not behave as you want, you can rename it back before committing to deletion.
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  3. Posts : 178
    W10 Pro v20H2 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    hsehestedt, thanks for responding, and so quickly.

    First, no need to search Settings for Search-- it's one of the main topics listed on the Settings main panel.

    Concerning renaming folders to see how things go, I've done that with folders and files. In this case, I was hoping somebody more knowledgeable than I (not hard to find such a person, especially on a forum like this) could give me a quick and simple answer. I looked at the Search info in Settings--didn't understand everything I saw and not sure it's all that relevant anyway. Forgot to mention that the 2 folders I asked about have dates from about the time my computer was being custom-built, several years ago. They haven't been modified since. So I'm not responsible for those folders and assume they're system folders. If so, maybe at least the contents can be deleted and hopefully would be re-created if needed.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    vanp said:
    In my Personal folder there's a folder called Searches. It contains 3 folders, one the result of a search I did recently on my C: drive. One of the others is called Everywhere and contains over 212,000 items. The other is called Indexed Locations and contains over 3,400 items.

    They are not folders, they are files with the extension .search-ms and each one is just 248 bytes, so deleting them will not save any space (and may well break something).

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    They are text files containing .xml code, this is the contents of Indexed Locations.search-ms

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <persistedQuery version="1.0">
        <query>
            <kindList>
                <kind name="item"/>
            </kindList>
            <scope knownScopeID="{f60163ce-2b8d-458d-ab2c-40f215767514}" />
        </query>
    </persistedQuery>
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  5. Posts : 178
    W10 Pro v20H2 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Bree, thanks for responding.

    I noticed they seemed to use little space, but I don't see how over 200,000 of something uses no space. Space would need to be used noting the existence of those items, right?

    In any event, am I right that it's system stuff; does every W10 computer have them? I assume it's safe to delete the first item resulting from my own search, right?

    Thanks again.
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  6. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 20,704
    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    vanp said:
    I noticed they seemed to use little space, but I don't see how over 200,000 of something uses no space. Space would need to be used noting the existence of those items, right?

    The 'items' you see are not the items themselves, they would be the entry for each item that's recorded in the search index. "The search index data files are stored in the %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Search\Data folder location by default"[1] which you don't have permissions to explore, but you can explore it with TreeSizeFree. Mine occupies just 45MB. Each of the files in your Searches folder invokes an Index Scope Filter, clicking on one is showing you a filtered view of the search index.

    In any event, am I right that it's system stuff; does every W10 computer have them? I assume it's safe to delete the first item resulting from my own search, right?

    I can't see any reason why you can't delete your personal search filter, I only have the two system ones on my machine. But deleting it is not going to remove anything from the contents of the index, just delete the 248 bytes used to define your filtered view of it.

    Despite the apparently large number of items listed, there's nothing much occupying space on the hard drive and nothing to be gained by 'tidying' it up. I'd leave it as it is.
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  7. Posts : 178
    W10 Pro v20H2 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Bree, I guess I'll go with your suggestion.

    Concerning my personal search entry, I don't search the C: drive every day, but that's happened a few times. Does every search create an entry like I'm seeing? If so, apparently they're deleted automatically after some period of time. Otherwise, there would be other entries there. And I want to get rid of the current personal-search entry since it no longer has any practical value as search data. What say you?

    Thanks again.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 20,704
    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    vanp said:
    Concerning my personal search entry, I don't search the C: drive every day, but that's happened a few times. Does every search create an entry like I'm seeing? .... And I want to get rid of the current personal-search entry since it no longer has any practical value as search data. What say you?
    No, the personal searches are only saved if you click 'Save search' in Explorer after having made a search. You are free to delete them if you wish.

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  9. Posts : 178
    W10 Pro v20H2 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Thanks, Bree, issue resolved. Thanks again to hsehestedt.
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  10. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro, 21H2
       #10

    Thaks, vanp. Bree had some better answers for you. I didn't realize, for example, that those were files rather than folders. I should have taken the time to look more closely. But I thank you for the comment anyway.

    Wishing you a happy new year! I know that I'll be glad to put 2020 in the rear view mirror .
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