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oem folder is 2 gig do I need this folder

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oem folder is 2 gig
do I need this folder on windows7
oem folder is 2 gig
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Most likely not, but I don't know how your OEM setup the computer.  The simple thing is to move it to another drive, including a flash drive, DVD, external hard disk, etc.  This way, if you end up needing it, you can always put it back.
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by:rgb192
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That seems risky.  Are there safer options.

That is similar to removing c:/windows and seeing what happens.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Nothing at all like removing Windows.

First, I've been doing this 20 years, C:\OEM is ALMOST certainly provided by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and meant for reference not operations.  If it's in use, then you would get an error message when it tries to move those files.

Even more simple, just rename the OEM folder to OEM.Test - if there are no problems, move it.  If there are, rename it back.  I'm 95% certain those files are referential - and 99.9999% certain that if you do move them, it won't be nearly as catastrophic as trying to move the Windows folder (that's just absurd).

If you look at my profile and don't think I know what I'm talking about, don't listen to me... but the only other answer I expect you'll see is a more brazen attempt to tell you you can delete those files.
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by:rgb192
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C:\OEM is ALMOST certainly provided by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and meant for reference not operations
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by:rgb192
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Thanks.
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