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Thanks, the repair upgrade was quick and there were no issues, but it didn't fix my problems. I did exclude updates, and they were all there after restarting, and Dell would not check for updates for an hour because the system had just been updated... but... nothing was fixed... Very minor personalization changes, like no notifications in the taskbar...
Is the laptop is still under warranty? If it is and you want to try a clean install. First make a bootable USB Windows install drive. Then use the Dell recovery program if you have one to restore back to the OOBE. Install an imaging program and make a rescue USB drive. Then make a system image to an external drive. After that boot from the Windows install drive and do a clean install. Delete all the partitions and let the installer create just the partitions needed for Windows. If you still have problems, you can restore the OOBE image and return or send the laptop back for repair.
 

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Notifications from Windows, like when an external drive is removed. This has been solved. Notifications had just been turned off in the settings and when I turned them on again, everything was fine.
I will start a new thread with my problems... Thank you.
 

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21 tw empty folders back. Created yesterday afternoon.
 

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21 tw empty folders back. Created yesterday afternoon.
I haven't had any problems from disabling the logon task for the provisioning tool and I suppose nobody in this thread that has done it has not had a problem either. It happens when a reboot or cold start is initialized. The provisioning tool is not disabled just the logon task for it.
 

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I haven't had any problems from disabling the logon task for the provisioning tool and I suppose nobody in this thread that has done it has not had a problem either. It happens when a reboot or cold start is initialized. The provisioning tool is not disabled just the logon task for it.
It doesn't happen at every start. With me it's like every 5 days or so.
 

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I'm starting to think it has to do with when the Windows automatic maintenance kicks in. Or when Windows Update automatically starts to check for Defender definition updates.
 

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That is a possibility for sure..
 

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I found an article on MSN that stated these folders have something to do with making a network connection which seems to make sense as I shut down instead of sleep, and it does coincide with starting or restarting the computer. I enabled provtool logon task but disabled cellular which had never run for me anyway and. the folders came back. So, disabling cellular did nothing for me. Back to cleaning the tmp files.
Anyway, here is the site that mentions the above network connection link although it is still no help.

Random TMP folders are popping up on some PCs running Windows

I re-enabled provtool because for some reason, and I am probably totally off base here I was connecting it with losing Terminal from right click menu after the Jan. 25th update in some way.
 

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Just a quick note, it's been 7 days and an update since I disabled that provtool, no negative impacts or new tmp file detected. At the time, my 5 week old laptop had created 1100 tmp files.
 

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I decided to re-enable provtool for the time being because I am not sure it will not create a problem down the road as nobody seems to know the real purpose of it. Like I said I found only one post on the web that refers to an answer for it running (network connection). I will just deal with the .tmp folders until I find a real answer, if ever.
 

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I disabled logon and cellular a week ago and had no adverse effects and no .tmp files. Enabled both earlier just to see and guess what..... .tmp files started appearing again after reboots. Disabled again
 

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K I finally have found something on Microosft community forum that may be helpful about what Provtool does. Scroll to ChrisHocs answer, (last answer) on that page. I am only trying to find why it runs.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...m/7519d027-deb7-404b-96ac-15acd2c86e12?page=2
Good article but I disagree about CCleaner. I use the registry cleaner feature quite often and it has NEVER caused any problems. I trust it so much that I don't even do the registry backup option before letting it fix the issues it found. It always deletes the entries because they are no longer valid. They belong to uninstalled programs and unnecessary firewall rules for those same things. It doesn't do any more than something like Revo Uninstaller does and is just as safe.
 

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According to this ChrisHoc feller, "Account Provisioning... and System Provisioning are for IT processes for remotely creating and deploying operating systems to PCs, laptops, and servers inside a networked system... Both of these are crucial components in successfully running and maintaining a corporate IT infrastructure."

I'm guessing my stand-alone Home PC doesn't care too much about this. But I'm not near as smart as a lot of the folks here, so I bow to those folks.
 

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If you want to see what the provtool is doing. Open event viewer, I haven't for so long but wondered. Scroll to applications and services> Microsoft >Windows> Provisioning-Diagnostics-Provider>Admin. All of the entries coincide with the folders created. When I had logon task disabled it did not record anything. Now that it is back on I get 21 entries at each logon but only 20 empty Tmp folders.
 

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    Huawei Matebook X Pro
    CPU
    intel 8250 I5
    Memory
    8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    intel uhd 620
    Monitor(s) Displays
    built in laptop display
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1280
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Evo 500gb M2
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    Edge
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    Defender
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    Windows 10
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    Acer A515-43-R6DE
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    AMD Ryzen 7300U
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4
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    AMD Raedon RX Vega graphics onboard
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    15"6 FHD IPS Slim Bezel
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    512cb PCie NVME SSD
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    Touchpad and Logitech external mouse
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If you want to see what the provtool is doing. Open event viewer, I haven't for so long but wondered. Scroll to applications and services> Microsoft >Windows> Provisioning-Diagnostics-Provider>Admin. All of the entries coincide with the folders created. When I had logon task disabled it did not record anything. Now that it is back on I get 21 entries at each logon but only 20 empty Tmp folders.
Almost all of mine are related to power settings. They all say applying some package or other related to power. I don't get them every day though. Sometimes they are 3-5 days apart then it will happen for 2 or 3 days in a row.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
    Motherboard
    MSI B550-A Pro
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6600XT with 8GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer Nitro 24" RG241Y 144hz refresh rate
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital Black SN770 1 TB NVMe SSD
    Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB SATA SSD
    Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD
    PSU
    LEPA B650 650 watt
    Case
    Enermax Coenus
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper T4 air
    Keyboard
    CM Storm Devastator
    Mouse
    E-Blue Cobra Jr.
    Internet Speed
    100mbs
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Optical Drives: LG DVD-RW and Pioneer BluRay/ DVD burner
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    Windows 11 Home
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
    Motherboard
    Asus board (GA402RK)
    Memory
    16 GB Samsung DDR5-4800
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Radeon 680M and discrete Radeon RX 6800S with 8GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek with Dolby Atmos
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen 14" WQXGA, IPS, 120hz refresh rate
    Screen Resolution
    2560 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD (WD Black SN850)
    PSU
    Battery power and Asus power brick/adapter. Also has USB-C charging
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop fans in vapor chamber
    Mouse
    Touchpad and Omoton bluetooth mouse
    Keyboard
    Built in RGB backlit
    Internet Speed
    100mbps
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
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    Microsoft Defender

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Most of mine also relate to power settings also.
 

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  • OS
    Windows11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Huawei Matebook X Pro
    CPU
    intel 8250 I5
    Memory
    8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    intel uhd 620
    Monitor(s) Displays
    built in laptop display
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1280
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Evo 500gb M2
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer A515-43-R6DE
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7300U
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Raedon RX Vega graphics onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15"6 FHD IPS Slim Bezel
    Hard Drives
    512cb PCie NVME SSD
    Case
    Pure Silver
    Mouse
    Touchpad and Logitech external mouse
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    Inbuilt
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    Edge
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Well crap, they are back. Deleted them and disabled the management/provisioning /cellular /login again
 

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    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY
    CPU
    10900K, 5.2 GHz all-core
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Maximus Hero XIII Wifi
    Memory
    64GB (2x32) G.skill TridentZ RGB 4266 MHz CL18
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus ROG Strix 2070 Super A8G
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio, Vanatoo Transparent One; Klipsch R-12SWi Sub
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eizo CG2730, ViewSonic VP2768
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p x 2
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB nvme, SK-Hynix 2 TB P14 nvme, Samsung 980 1TB nvme, Raid 0: 1TB 850 EVO + 1TB 860 EVO SSD. Sabrent USB-C DS-SC5B docking station: 6TB WDC Black, 6TB Ironwolf Pro; 2x 2TB WDC Black
    PSU
    750W Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium Plus
    Case
    Fractal Design Meshify 2 dark tint glass
    Cooling
    EK-AIO 360 D-RGB w/Phanteks T30-120 fans, Noctua NF-A14 Chromax case fan
    Keyboard
    Glorious GMMK TKL - Brown mechanical, lubed modded
    Mouse
    Logitech G305 wireless gaming
    Internet Speed
    370 Mb/s down, 12 Mb/s up
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender, Macrium Reflect 8 ;-)
    Other Info
    Logitech C920e Webcam (crap don't buy)
  • Operating System
    Mac OS
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple 13" Macbook Pro 2020 (m1)
    CPU
    M1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2560x1600

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