Can I Delete This Nonsense?

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  1. Posts : 1,058
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       #51

    Wisewiz said:
    I've tried without success to find those "two provisioning tasks run at logon." Can you steer me in the right direction?
    Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning\Cellular
    Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning\Logon

    Can I Delete This Nonsense?-provtool.png
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  2. Posts : 835
    11 Pro 21H2 (22000.348)
       #52

    RickC said:
    Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning\Cellular
    Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning\Logon
    You said earlier that you disable these on your own devices, but these appear in your shot to be Ready, not Disabled. What am I missing?
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  3. Posts : 1,058
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #53

    Wisewiz said:
    You said earlier that you disable these on your own devices, but these appear in your shot to be Ready, not Disabled. What am I missing?
    I created a new VM so I could screenshot the default states of both provisioning tasks.

    I use a custom AutoHotkey script that, amongst other things, disables the tasks:

    Code:
    RunWait,schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning\Cellular" /Disable,,hide
    RunWait,schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning\Logon" /Disable,,hide

    The screenshot just shows the two tasks before I apply my AHK script.

    Hope this helps...
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  4. Posts : 405
    Windows 10 21H1
       #54

    If you look closely, the "cellular" task never runs (last run time 1999, same date as on my machine). The "logon" task is run any time a user logs on. A quick search for "provisioning" shows multiple possible uses of "provisioning packages", but most that are related to situations where one needs to manage multiple machines. There are several threads on this forum suggesting simply disabling this task, but I would like to hear from someone knowledgeable in the subject confirming that this is in fact harmless (although I suspect this is actually so). As for the .tmp folders, I've never looked into this folder tree before and hence saw them today for the first time. I don't think I would bother with something of that size, even though they might be simple junk.
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  5. Posts : 835
    11 Pro 21H2 (22000.348)
       #55

    Perfectly. Now I understand. But that prompts a new Q: why not just disable the buggers in T Scheduler?
    /Update
    (My post crossed unifex's in the mail.)
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  6. Posts : 7,457
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #56

    I have never touched the following tasks:

    Can I Delete This Nonsense?-provisioning.jpg

    Wisewiz said:
    why not just disable the buggers in T Scheduler?
    I just found a related thread: Unknown folders in Windows/Temp
    They seemed to have disabled it.
    Right-click on the Start button --> Windows PowerShell (Admin).
    Run the following command to disable it:

    Schtasks /Change /Disable /Tn "Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning\Logon"

    It also works in a CMD/batch script.


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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 08 May 2021 at 08:30.
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  7. Posts : 1,058
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #57

    unifex said:
    If you look closely, the "cellular" task never runs (last run time 1999, same date as on my machine).
    My understanding is that it never runs until you have a cellular connection, e.g. a laptop with a built-in modem... which are still available.

    (I have one... but I've only once put a live SIM in it and tried to use it in desperation when no other internet access was available. The connection was dire... so I ended up using a tethered connection from my iPhone instead. Still dire... but I was able to get the info I needed at that moment.)

    I found the task when I was investigating the cause of the tw-***.tmp folders... so I disabled it anyway.
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  8. Posts : 183
    W10 Pro v21H1 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #58

    Again, thanks to everybody who has responded. Can't believe this topic is up to 6 pages. Chalk it up to M$ stupidity, I guess.

    So, apparently this idiocy is caused by turning on the computer. I leave mine on most of the time and re-start when there's a reason to do so; otherwise, I guess there'd be thousands more folders. And as somebody said, apparently it's always 19 folders that are created. Apparently the logon-related task can be disabled easily in Task Scheduler by clicking on the 'Logon' entry and clicking on 'Disable' under 'Selected Item' in the right pane. I'll try that later this weekend, along with deleting the folders, and see what happens. I'll keep a record of what I did in case I ever have to go back and un-do it. Also, maybe a Windows upgrade will enable it and I'll have to disable it again.
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  9. Posts : 1,058
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #59

    Wisewiz said:
    Perfectly. Now I understand. But that prompts a new Q: why not just disable the buggers in T Scheduler?
    Personal preference. If I have to carry out an action more than once and am likely to do so again in future then I prefer to script it to save all the messing around clicking in GUIs.

    Hope this helps...
    Last edited by RickC; 09 May 2021 at 09:46.
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  10. Posts : 7,457
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #60

    I have written all of my settings, including Registry hacks, into CMD scripts.
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