Windows 10: Safe To Delete? Solved

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  1.    04 Jun 2017 #1

    Safe To Delete?

    The root directory of my C drive contains stuff that seems like garbage to me.

    1. $SysReset: Contains an empty Logs folder. Haven't done any kind of reset/refresh--don't
    even know what that means.
    2. Driver_allOS: Contains a folder called Audio. This contains lots of files and folders that seem
    like they could be important, but none have been modified in years.
    3. inetpub: Apparently this has to do with creating a web site, which I haven't done and won't
    4. Intel: This contains only a Logs folder with 5 text documents in it, none of which have been
    touched in years. I do have an Intel motherboard and chip.
    5. PerfLogs: Empty.

    Can I safely delete any of these things? Oh, and please don't ask me why I want to delete this stuff; I think my first sentence says it all. If you don't know, just drive on by. Thanks.
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  2.    04 Jun 2017 #2

    Just send them to the recycle bin. The only one that might contain anything important would be the Driver_allOS, but I doubt it. Restart the computer and if it restarts OK and everything seems to still be working, then empty the recycle bin.

    Hmmmm.... I have the $SysReset folder too - looks like that must have come from a Windows Update or something because I swear it wasn't there before. I'm deleting it!
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  3.    04 Jun 2017 #3

    Thanks, NavyLCDR.

    I know I could use the Recycle Bin and see what happens, but it could take a while for some effect to appear. I'll keep waiting some to see if anybody can give an answer they'll write in blood.
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  4. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
       04 Jun 2017 #4

    I remember when I used to worry about what happens if I delete folders that I think are useless and unnecessary.

    This is what I used to do.. it's kinda similar to the Navy's idea.

    I rename the folder, by adding the number 1 at the end of it, and restart the computer to see what happens. If nothing happens, then delete it. Never really had issues whenever deleting stuff that way. Also one thing to keep in mind is that if you delete important drivers or system files, no worries! Windows 10 is so advanced that it will automatically re-download whatever it needs to, if necessary. But make sure not to delete your personal files, such as documents or whatnot.

    Also one thing about the PerfLogs, Every time I reinstalled the operating system, that folder shows up. It's empty whenever I installed the operating system, and I delete it.
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  5.    04 Jun 2017 #5

    Thanks, pepanee.

    I've also used the technique of making a slight change to a file/folder name. As I said in my previous post, it may take a while for a problem to appear, so I'm not real comfortable with just re-starting and hoping for the best. Good to hear you haven't had any problems with that, though. Also, honestly, I'm a little leery of the idea that Windows will just re-create/download something it can't find; I don't have that much faith in M$. I will say that I create a system image once a week, so if the worst happens I should be able to restore to a good system.

    I'll keep waiting for a few more words of wisdom.
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  6. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
       04 Jun 2017 #6

    You're welcome. I completely understand your approach to it. Better to be safe (with many multiple suggestions from others, rather than just a few).

    But I can say guaranteed that the PerfLogs folder is completely useless. I've deleted it so many times every time I did computer installations with no problems ever. But it's your choice to either keep it or not. Maybe other people have done the same thing like me and will post about it, so you can feel more comfortable about deleting it.
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  7.    06 Jun 2017 #7

    I've deleted 1 & 5 with no problem so far. Still waiting for more, specific advice about 2, 3, and 4 if anybody else can help. Thanks again to all who have replied up to this point.
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  8.    06 Jun 2017 #8

    Driver_allOS - I think it has to do with your intel drivers, which you might need in the future.
    intel - intel log files, I think it gets recreated if deleted
    inetpub - Has to do IIS, so check if IIS is installed before you delete it.
    1. Control Panel / Programs & Features
    2. On the left Turn Windows Features On/Off
    3. Look for IIS see if it's checked. If it is uncheck it.
    4. Reboot PC.

    Note: Always a good Idea to have backup of current image and/or create a restore point before deleting stuff
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  9.    06 Jun 2017 #9

    Eagle51, thanks for responding. I did mention previously that I create a system image once a week.

    Driver_allOS: Seems to be related to my Realtek sound service, not Intel. If this is the software for the sound function on my computer, then I need it. It's 438 MB.

    inetpub: Both entries for IIS are unchecked. Does that mean this folder is unused and I can get rid of it?
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  10.    06 Jun 2017 #10

    Yes, you can delete the inetpub folder now.
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