Windows uses the Local and LocalLow folders for application data that does not roam with the user. Usually this data is either machine specific or too large to roam. The AppData\Local folder in Windows Vista is the same as the Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data folder in Windows XP.
Windows uses the Roaming folder for application specific data, such as custom dictionaries, which are machine independent and should roam with the user profile. The AppData\Roaming folder in Windows Vista is the same as the Documents and Settings\username\Application Data folder in Windows XP.
I was checking LocalLow out originally and thought I would be wise and just scoot it to the desktop so I could put it back if it needed it. It allowed me to scoot it to the desktop, and recreated another LocalLow file in the AppData where it came from.
I have downloaded the program from the tutorial that creates the "TAKE OWNERSHIP" tab. With it I can delete the LocalLow folder from the desktop by stripping it to the trash from the inside out, then dumping the trash. Have even tried changed the folder names and it keeps returning to 'haunt' me!
From Brinks tutorial I see it must be one of those TRUSTEDINSTALLER buggers... now that I have it stuck on my desktop how do I get rid of it?
That would be two of us! I [admittedly] have a limited computer knowledge and work [obviously to hard at it] trying to increase my knowledge. I read some about getting rid of unnecessary clutter to speed the start up. I was nosing around and spotted this unfamiliar folder that I did not recall seeing on some screen-shots of others. Sooo... what I said above!
It won't go back as it was done awhile back and the AppData file created a new one to replace it. 'Should have been named the Frankenstein file!
..REALLY SCREWED-UP, HUH?
Hey , ok so one question from me: Is it safe to delete the LocalLow folder?
I'm asking cause my C system drive has only 50GB space and it just somehow went to only 2GB free space. I deleted temp files, restore point and all that ,but it didnt really free up much space....then i saw that the LocalLow folder is taking up 31.8 GB!!!!! :O which is more then a half of my system drive space.
So like I asked, is it safe to delete this folder? or not?
Ok so my question is ,can i delete the LocalLow folder? or not? cause for me its taking up 31.8GB of a total 50GB system disk space that i have.
Please just yes or no answere. I really wouldnt want to have to re-install the whole system again if this folder CAN be deleted safely
Thanks in advance!!
In the future, it is better to start a new thread rather than revive an old thread that is well over a year old.
Do not delete this folder. However, open it up and do a properties check on the sub folders and see which one(s) are taking up a lot of space. Based on this, deal with the associated program (like purging cache). Note that there is also a "Temp" sub folder and you can also delete files in there.
You also might want to do a disk cleanup on C: drive, just to be sure all unnecessary temp files are cleared out.
Hey thanks for the reply Cytherian although the one that was taking up 31.8 GB was Sun Java folder and i deleted it and as i can see there are no problems so far
And yeah i did run ccleaner and cleared cache,temp files and even doine the disk cleanup but that didnt work. So I deleted it
The Sun Java folder can end up with older versions of the runtime, but I'd never heard of it accumulating over 30Gb of files. That's huge! For some reason, Sun (or Oracle now) hasn't been very good about cleaning it up, perhaps wanting to keep older versions around for compatibility with older Java programs, but I couldn't imagine that much file space being taken up. It's possible you had a Java related virus that was using your computer to store files. I would definitely download Malewarebytes again and run it to be sure there's nothing left over.
Anyway, in deleting the Java folder outright you may have compromised your Java installation, if necessarily program files were deleted from it. Check your installed programs list (Programs and Features in the Control Panel) and see if you have multiple entries there. You might not be able to delete those with all of the files gone. In any case, you may not need Java depending upon what you do in your browsers. Some browsers install it by default and allow it to update automatically, even if you're not accessing web pages that use Java. If it is needed, you'll probably have to install a fresh latest version of Java.