extra files in windows directory

Posted on 2003-03-08
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Last Modified: 2008-02-20
    I found a whole bunch of extra files in the windows directory. There not in any folders there just in the windows directory. There are at least 100 or more extra files from 1 kb to 2000 kb's or more. there's like 20 different file types. here's a list
text document, dat file, bak file, application, html document, media jukebox file, configured settings, cfg file, application extension, prs file, help file, registration entries, win zip file, quicktime file, old file, quicktime file,icon, 000 file, qtw file, cb file, ms dos batch file, ptn file. that's all i could see that were all different.  so i was wondering if I could delete any of these files. without screwing up my system. i would appreciate any help. thank you.
Question by:wheeler4202001
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the bak files shuold  be save. Most of those other files you need to determine what they are fore and if needed. Old filse tend to be backup files and usually are safe to delete.
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000 files tend to be back up files as well. Leaver the batch files alone until you can determine what they are for.

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would it be o.k. just to group all of the files in simlar folders or should i just leave them where they are. i mean all of them not just the bak files.
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The problem is that if there are programs that are using these files then the programs expect to find them where they think these files should be. If you move them and a program starts looking for the file in the folder they are currently in the program will complain about it. You could experiment and move few at time to a new folder and see what happens.

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