Windows 7 Roaming Profile removal

I have a Win 7 Ultimate Personal PC that is NOT part of any Active Directory Domain. (although I do occasionally connect to our corporate domain via VPN)

I noticed that that my c:\ drive suddenly had very little space left. After investigating I found there's a user.V2 folder that's consuming nearly 500Gb of space.

I believe the .V2 folders are relevant to roaming profiles but as I don't need a roaming profile, how can i safely remove this folder?
Can i simply delete it?
BrianFordAsked:
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arnoldCommented:
My guess is that you are looking and interpreting the issue incorrectly.
If your system is not joined to the domain, the space is consumed by other and for other reasons. Potentially offlibe mappings to drives/files from the corporate side.

Look through the

Look in within to see where the space is consumed.

Besides setting up the VPN, do you use RDP to connect?

I can not answer your question without first identifying and reasoning things out....

V2 is a Windows 7 version profile suffix.........
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BrianFordAuthor Commented:
The information in .v2 folder is an almost duplicate of my 'standard' profile, I do use RDP and VPN, sometimes together and sometimes not, but I'm never logging into to a remote machine or VPN using the same credentials (user) that I use to login to my personal PC.
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arnoldCommented:
Do you attach your local drive in an RFP session in such a way that the profike from the remote side is saved to that location?

Is user.v2 is an exact duplicate of your loged in local user profile?

If you are certain that it is unneeded and its orogin, while not connected, you can delete it.

Backing up the data for just in case..

You may have some other process that backs up your profile in this way.

Delete without a plan in case the action is ...
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BrianFordAuthor Commented:
No, I don't attach my local (not on purpose anyway) it is essentially a duplicate of my 'real' profile
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arnoldCommented:
You shoukd double check to make sure it is not a link or a junction where deleting one may result in the inclusion and deletion of the other

Check link user.V2
Junction. user.V2
Check the other as well, unblinking/using junction to delete the reference is the correct approach.
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BrianFordAuthor Commented:
"Check link user.V2
 Junction. user.V2
 Check the other as well, unblinking/using junction to delete the reference is the correct approach"


I have no idea how to do that
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arnoldCommented:
Open command window, link is a builtin command. Junction is a tool that might have to be downloaded.


While disconnected from VPN.

Add a file to your real profile, and see if it shows up in the other.
Then connect to the VPN, and check whether the file showed up.
Then RDP and see if the file shows up.
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BrianFordAuthor Commented:
thanks Arnold,

Did the above and the file did not show up I n.v2 folder, I guess I'm safe to delete, I have everything backed up anyway :0
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arnoldCommented:
Best of luck.

Though I would double check the contents of the backup on a different system if possible to make sure the data you think is there is actually there and functional when restored.
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BrianFordAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your , after deleting the folder and re-starting, it showed up again (actually took nearly ab hour to shut-down and restart). At this point I think I'll just re-build the PC, it's about that time anyway.
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