Solved Windows 10 & 11 create tons of empty folders in System32


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I found 2200 of them on my Windows 10 install, and 180 of them on my recent Windows 11 install.
Location: C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local

They're all empty folders, beginning with tw and ending with .tmp
Deleting them seems to have no side effects.
all the "tw ending with .tmp folders can be safely deleted. None of them hold any file. If you highlight all the TW folders, right click properties, there are 0 bytes, which means they are empty. . . I've deleted them, (kept them in the recycle bin, just in case), then rebooted Windows normally. . . Then I actually shut down the computer for like 2 minutes, and turned it back on again.........No errors or anything.
 

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all the "tw ending with .tmp folders can be safely deleted. None of them hold any file. If you highlight all the TW folders, right click properties, there are 0 bytes, which means they are empty. . . I've deleted them, (kept them in the recycle bin, just in case), then rebooted Windows normally. . . Then I actually shut down the computer for like 2 minutes, and turned it back on again.........No errors or anything.


I got rid of them back in Nov 2001... they haven't come back.
 

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I just looked, my desktop has slightly over 16000 empty folders :rolleyes:
go through the recommended way to get rid of them and stop them reoccurring
 

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