System 32 config folder...what’s safe to delete?

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  1. Steven Campoli's Avatar
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       11 Jul 2018 #1

    System 32 config folder...what’s safe to delete?


    Hey guys what’s safe to delete from this folder?
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  2.    11 Jul 2018 #2

    Hi, I'm left wondering.. why do you consider anything is safe to delete there? And why would you want to?

    And did you notice the protection warning? It could just be there for a reason.
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  3.    11 Jul 2018 #3

    Uh... that's where the registry database and backups of said database resides. Why on earth would you want to delete anything from that folder?
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  4.    11 Jul 2018 #4

    In most cases it's owned by system and you can't delete most things
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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       11 Jul 2018 #5

    Hang on a minute, lads – I've got a great idea!

    Let's delete C:\Windows to free up some space - what could possibly go wrong?
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  6.    11 Jul 2018 #6

    For most users the Windows folder and all of it's files and sub folders should be considered read only. The fact that only elevated admin accounts have write access should tell you something. Deleting anything here is only for those who REALLY know what they are doing. The System32\config folder is particularly sensitive with tighter security.

    If you are looking to save space, look elsewhere.
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  7. Steven Campoli's Avatar
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       11 Jul 2018 #7

    Got it. Was a stupid question. Thanks guys
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  8.    11 Jul 2018 #8

    Steven Campoli said: View Post
    Got it. Was a stupid question. Thanks guys
    Nah, no such thing as a stupid question. The stupid thing would have been to just delete stuff all willy-nilly without asking first!

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  9. Bree's Avatar
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       11 Jul 2018 #9

    Steven Campoli said: View Post
    Got it. Was a stupid question. Thanks guys
    To quote Brink's signature...
    There are no dumb questions, just the people who do not ask them.
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       12 Jul 2018 #10

    Anolin said: View Post
    Uh... that's where the registry database and backups of said database resides.
    Indeed.

    Anolin said: View Post
    Why on earth would you want to delete anything from that folder?
    Maybe someone made a reference to cleaning free space in there (registry).
    That can be done by defragmenting registry, it is perfectly safe (mostly).
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