Can I Delete This Nonsense?

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  1. Posts : 164
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    Can I Delete This Nonsense?


    The folder C>Windows>System32>config>systemprofile>AppData>Local contains, among other things, almost 2,700 folders with names like tw-1a48-1754-80170ca.tmp. Far as I can tell, all the folders are empty and were created this year or last year. Also, notice the 'tmp' at the end of the name. They don't seem to me to be treated as temporary.

    Can I safely delete these things? I don't want to hear boilerplate stuff like they don't take much space or it's best not to mess with 'system' stuff like this. They seem to be utterly useless, and are garbage, if so. Please resist the urge to preach at me. Just a knowledgeable, definitive answer to the question at the beginning of this paragraph is all I'm looking for.

    Thanks.
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  2. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    So does mine and the folder is not touched by the Wise and CCleaner utilities I use. However, my temp folder is only 27MB. I guess if it was 'safe' to delete such files them such cleaners would delete them.
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  3. AddRAM's Avatar
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    As long as you have a Macrium Image, you can always try, and see what happens

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    I`m sorry I don`t have a Yes or No answer
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  4. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21xxx x64
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    If you can delete them, you can delete them.
    If they were in use, you would not be able to.
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  5. Posts : 164
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks for the answers so far.

    AddRAM, I do use Reflect but don't want to have a problem to fix if I can determine ahead of time that the folders shouldn't be killed even though they seem utterly useless.

    TairikuOkami, just because I'm allowed to delete them doesn't tell me that nothing will go wrong later.
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  6. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    You can check last time they were accessed, but they are .tmp, if any app needs them, it will recreate them.

    What is a Temporary File?
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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    Steve C said:
    So does mine and the folder is not touched by the Wise and CCleaner utilities I use. However, my temp folder is only 27MB. I guess if it was 'safe' to delete such files them such cleaners would delete them.
    Probably more a question of which folders those programs are configured by default to inspect for tmp files- = 'the usual suspects'.

    I don't happen to have such folders there, which might suggest they are related to one or more particular programs.

    It's easy enough to add target folders to those to be cleaned, should you so wish.
    Last edited by dalchina; 06 May 2021 at 02:50.
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  8. Ivan Petrov's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 21H1
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    Hi @vanp,
    I have never noticed this folder and files before. Mine are like over 1500 items but definately I won't delete anything from System32 folder even they're little disturbing.
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  9. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 21H1 (19043.1023
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    Personally unless you found some proof they're bothersome and you're that hard up space (mine takes up 31meg out of 313gig of free space) I'd leave them alone. Never know what may need what is there.
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  10. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1
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    Mine says it`s 3.97 MB if I hover over it. If I open the folder Properties it says it`s 31.5 MB

    Anyone else find it strange that the 2 amounts are different ??
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    Last edited by AddRAM; 06 May 2021 at 03:46. Reason: It just changed to 3.97 MB
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