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What the heck is this folder
Posted 12 February 2008 - 12:26 PM
It has 160 Megabytes in it under two subdirectories: PendingDeletes and PendingRenames
Under PendingDeletes the files have names like this: $$DeleteMe.activeds.dll.01c869f7276954a3.0053
Sure looks like it can be deleted, but only answer this post if you have definite knowledge of what this stuff is.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:56 PM
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:30 AM
The WinSxS folder is the side-by-side .dll cache for applications requiring access to .dll files other than what is currently on the system. The TEMP folder inside contains all of the pending operations, to be done on a reboot, like renaming, deleting, or copying in .dll files. I would suggest strongly not touching this folder - if a reboot doesn't delete the contents, you can fairly safely wipe out the pendingdeletes folder, but the pendingrenames folder hanging around is a bad thing indeed.
Thanks for your reply. I image my computer every day, so I was able to trace back the pending deletes to the installation of SP1 (I have the real thing since they released it to beta testers). So I nuked them. I also was able to trace the pending renames to the January Patch Tuesday, so I nuked them also. Event Viewer shows no problems afterward and so I'll hope for the best.
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