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Application Data folders confusion[edit]

This article does nothing to define/differentiate between %USERPROFILE%/Application Data and %USERPROFILE%/Local Settings/Application Data. The "Represents" column data just muddies up the water even more. If I know how to fix this I would. Needs someone with deeper windows skills and intimate knowledge.....--96.42.234.28 (talk) 02:45, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

The Application Data folder can be found on any windows NT (2000, XP, Vista or 7) on %APPDATA% regarding of the system, language or user. I didnt know if i should add it like that or not, so just though about commenting here first.--jontxudino (talk) 19:25, 19 November 2011 (UTC)


Virtual folders[edit]

Virtual folders (as those mentioned in this article) are actually shell extensions, to provide explorer-like access to some non-file objects. Shouldn't this fact be mentioned somewhere? Also, I feel, the name Virtual Folders given to the section may cause confusion. It should better be clarified. --Soumyasch 07:03, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

The Startup folder in the Start Menu may be a virtual folder (on any multi-user system, at least): what you are presented by Windows Explorer (either from Start | All Programs, or from an Explorer view) is a merge of %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Startup and %USERPROFILE%\Startup; and if you right-click to explore the Startup folder, Windows Explorer offers both "Explore" and "Explore All Users" to let you choose which one to examine. Because (I think) Windows Explorer also maintains registry entries associated with the Startup folder, copying and/or renaming the Startup folder may produce confusing results. PKlammer (talk) 17:06, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

References mechanism is screwed up[edit]

The references mechanism is screwed up. There's a reference to "xplogo", but no corresponding note. The footnote numbers in the text don't correspond to the order of the notes below. Can someone sort this out? I got here as a "consumer" of this article, not as a Wikipedian (though I am one). Might be better to use cite.php, once someone can decipher the intent. - Jmabel | Talk 20:30, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

OK, I made the references work, although they could certainly be more elegant...Lisamh 02:44, 22 September 2006 (UTC)


ref sect doesn't show "wiki source code" (besides a couple tags) in wiki Edit mode. i only wanted to delete the duplicate li #5 which appears due of li #1 2z2z 21:42, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

Explorer is pretty big[edit]

Keeping the visibly different components of Explorer on separate pages is probably a good idea. Considering that 90% of the visible Windows interface is Explorer, it would be pretty big on one page. A link to here from the main Windows Explorer page would be great though if there isn't one yet.

- Ffoeg <misterffoeg[at]hot...> —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 68.145.116.38 (talk) 12:24, 9 April 2007 (UTC).

Recycle Bin[edit]

Recycle Bin is a special folder (real location %SystemRoot%\RECYCLED). —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 71.226.81.123 (talk) 21:28, 28 April 2007 (UTC).

Actually, the Recycle Bin is located in the root of each drive, in a folder called RECYCLER. — Brianary (talk) 17:38, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Not exactly. The Recycle Bin is located in a folder called Recycler or Recycled depending on the file system (NTFS or FAT)189.70.56.183 (talk) 04:17, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

doc&settings/user/localsettings/temp[edit]

What is this folder anyway? I deleted its contents because one website said it was ok, and nothing bad has happened....why is it there in the first place, taking up 100's of megs? Mathwhiz90601 23:36, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

CLSIDs[edit]

I've found the following list of CLSIDs here. I can't think of a way of adding them without stuffing up the formatting of the current page.

{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153} Administrative Tools 
{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D} Briefcase      
{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} Control Panel      
{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152} Fonts
{FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000} History
{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} Inbox
{00028B00-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} Microsoft Network
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} My Computer
{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} My Documents
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} My Network Places
{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} Network Connections
{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} Printers and Faxes
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} Recycle Bin
{E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD} Scanners and Cameras
{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} Scheduled Tasks
{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933} Temporary Internet Files
{BDEADF00-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F} Web Folders 

Any Ideas? Fosnez 02:20, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

List of File system directories[edit]

It seems to be screwed up. Windows 9x don't use C:\Documents and Settings\User\Folder. Just WinNT and up uses that. Rescbr (talk) 05:31, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

External Links[edit]

Well, apparently User:Warren doesn't feel that the article at Windows Special Folders Support is pertinent to this article. I thought a survey of Special Folder support across many Microsoft products would be apropos. I wrote the article, but I have no advertising on it or anything, so I couldn't care less if anyone visits. I even made it clear in my edit that the content could simply be pasted in this article, but I felt it was a bit pedantic for that.

Just a note to User:Warren: please don't make accusations of self-promotion if there's plenty of evidence to the contrary; or at least work on your civility.

Brianary (talk) 17:36, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

System folders[edit]

To clear up a possible mess:

  • In Windows 3.x, the system folder is C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM. Win32s will install its own folder (C:\WINDOWS\WIN32S\SYSTEM).
  • In Windows 9x, the system folder is C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM, containing both 16-bit and 32-bit components. A newer application (like Acrobat Reader 5.0) might install a SYSTEM32 folder, but it's not the folder where the system resides.
  • In Windows NT and 2000, the system folder is C:\Winnt\System32, containing 32-bit components, while C:\Winnt\System contains 16-bit components for Windows on Windows.
  • Ditto for 32-bit XP and onwards, except that the folder Winnt is renamed Windows (now that the NT line is for the consumer as well as the pro).
  • In the 64-bit versions of Windows, the system folder is C:\Windows\System32, containing 64-bit (sic) components, while C:\Windows\SysWoW64 contains 32-bit components for WoW64. There is also a C:\Windows\System folder, but it's empty (64-bit Windows doesn't do 16-bit).

Info from looking at Windows vers. WfWg 3.11, 98, 2000, 32-bit XP and 64-bit 7. --217.132.167.135 (talk) 14:23, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

Recycler folders[edit]

Hello! I have a question about RECYCLER folders on USB flash drives. I have asked the question on the appropriate page, so please read and answer it there! Thanks in advance :-) BigSteve (talk) 16:05, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

SendTo[edit]

(sorry for my english)

The location of the SendTo folder seems not in the same place:

- Windows 95,98,Millenium : Windows/SendTo (source:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/141017/en-us) but I am not sure (I don't have this version of windows)

- Windows XP : %USERPROFILE%\SendTo (source: this page)

- Windows Vista, 7 :  %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo (source : my computer)

I cannot found official sources for XP and newer. Someone knows ? Tdvst (talk) 09:44, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

History and Temporary Internet Files[edit]

These two rows in the table need to be updated to reflect the locations of these folders in newer versions of Windows (Vista, 7, 8). But doing it correctly may require some reformatting.

History[edit]

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, the Web browsing history folder is stored by default in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History.[1]

Temporary Internet Files[edit]

The temporary Internet files (cache) in two folders: Items from "trusted locations" are stored in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5. Items from the general Internet (Internet Zone and Restricted Zone) are stored in Low\Content.IE5 underneath "Temporary Internet Files". [2]. In Windows 8 and [8.1|Windows 8.1]], the "INetCache" replaces "Temporary Internet Files".[3]

Alfrogbet (talk) 19:05, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ . Microsoft http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/support#top-solutions=windows-7. Retrieved 14 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Law, Eric. "A Primer on Temporary Internet Files". Microsoft. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  3. ^ . The Windows Club http://www.thewindowsclub.com/temporary-internet-files-folder-location. Retrieved 14 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)