Windows 10: Recycle bin full of unknown files

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  1.    11 Mar 2018 #1

    Recycle bin full of unknown files


    Hello, I recently upgraded to Windows 10, and just joined the forum. I just happened to take a look in my recycle bin, and it is full of hundreds of files, in addition to the few I had in there when I upgraded. I am running the Home version. Are these files a normal occurrence when the OS is upgraded? And, can I empty the bin without causing any problems? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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  2.    11 Mar 2018 #2

    Welcome to the forum. Without know what the files are its hard to say but its possible they are part of the upgrade. If everything is work ok leave it a few days so your sure its ok then empty the bin
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  3.    11 Mar 2018 #3

    The files are in the format of DELLPC-xxxxxxxx-xxxx.log, MSIxxxxx.LOG, and officeclicktorun.exe_streamserver
    Thank you!
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  4.    11 Mar 2018 #4

    What is sure is that you can delete all files with .log extension with no problem. The MSIxxxxx.LOG files seem to be from verbose logging.
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  5.    11 Mar 2018 #5

    Can you explain 'verbose logging"? I don't believe I have heard that term before.
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  6.    11 Mar 2018 #6

    verbose logging for the Windows Installer service. This can be confirmed by looking at registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer
    and look for String value named Logging
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  7.    12 Mar 2018 #7

    These files appear to be MS Office logs or something Office related.
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  8.    12 Mar 2018 #8

    Peanut6 said: View Post
    Hello, I recently upgraded to Windows 10, and just joined the forum. I just happened to take a look in my recycle bin, and it is full of hundreds of files, in addition to the few I had in there when I upgraded. I am running the Home version. Are these files a normal occurrence when the OS is upgraded? And, can I empty the bin without causing any problems? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    During updates and upgrades everything deemed not needed any more is placed i windows.old directory not in the recycle bin. Even Disk cleanup doesn't send them there. If there's no problems running windows and programs you are free to empty it. If you use disk cleanup for that it will refuse to delete any files that are in eventual use.
    One thing I noticed during years is that many are using Recycle bin as a temporary storage which is wrong. It's better to place a Temp folder on desktop and empty RB regularly.
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  9.    12 Mar 2018 #9

    Run winver and let us know what you are running.

    "Are these files a normal occurrence when the OS is upgraded?" I haven't seen anything like that yet.
    --- In my experience, I'm not familiar with how items end up in the recycle bin without user interaction.

    I would create a system image backup: myself I use Macrium Reflect Free.
    --- Then empty the Recycle Bin after a few days when you are comfortable that the computer is running fine.
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  10.    12 Mar 2018 #10

    One more possibility, uninstalling a program may place files in RB too. I know Revo does that if not set otherwise.
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