There is a weird folder in my computer's drive D?

March 12, 2012 at 17:35:57
Specs: Windows 7
It's called 4d4823050a24ffb9bc34286f75d8. It's size is 20 MB, it is full of empty folders, XML, BMP, DLL, and a Windows Installer Patch.
The folder won't let me delete it nor open the empty folders in it. I try to run the Windows Installer patch in it, but it says that it could not be opened.

Okay, the files can be deleted, but not the empty folders. People say it's left after installing an update, which I think is the case 'cause I just installed an update. Is it safe to delete it? And if yes, how?


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#1
March 12, 2012 at 18:50:39
All I do know is that those folders with random characters are Windows Update folders. Possibly, if the folder is still present, the update associated with it didn't install properly. If the installer seems to be corrupted, I'd try downloading the update again. If you really want to get rid of the folder right now, then move it to the Recycle Bin if possible, reboot, and see if there are any errors. If not, then you can empty the recycle bin.

I don't know about the empty folders and how to delete them.


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#2
March 12, 2012 at 20:11:35
Hello, when I installed all the important updates, some failed to install. I re installed them and they were successfully installed but the folder is still there. I ran Advanced system Care, but the folder is still there. It can't be moved to recycle bin either, it says I need permission from System. Thanks for trying to help.

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#3
March 12, 2012 at 20:57:01
Since you have not told us what system you have, we cannot be sure, BUT if your system is made by any of the major manufacturers then the D drive is your recovery drive and those files should not have been messed with since they contain all you needed to reload your hard drive to the same as it was shipped from the factory (Factory Restore). If this is the case and you have already deleted any part of it, then you might as well get rid of the rest of it as well BUT you should order from the manufacturer a set of recovery disks (just in case you ever need them in the future) or at least make an image of your hard drive to restore from if ever needed.
To get rid of the recovery files you can try file removers, but I would just delete the partition and create a new one from scratch (Disk Manager) and format it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
March 13, 2012 at 03:57:17
Sorry, but can you please tell me what do you mean by 'system'? Thanks.
Anyway, is it alright if I put files on my D drive? You said it shouldn't be messed up with - and I put my game files in that drive.

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#5
March 13, 2012 at 04:58:49
'System' refers to your computer as a whole. It can refer to the physical computer's case and everything else or it can refer to the operating system and software that runs it depending on the context of the sentence.
If D is your Recovery drive, it should have been hidden from view so you did not mess with it. If you deleted anything, it will not work. I do not know if saving anything to the partition will have an effect on it, but it is very possible and you will not know for sure until you need it. That is why I recommended getting a recovery disk set (usually not to expensive) from the manufacturer of your system (computer) or creating an image of your hard drive's C partition from the Back up section of Windows 7 and then you should also create a Windows 7 Repair Disk (CD or DVD) so you can use that image to reinstall your operating system (Windows 7 & all you added). The image is usually put on an external or secondary hard drive, but you can also put it on several DVD-R disks (if not too large), carefully label them and put them away.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
March 13, 2012 at 05:05:42
"can you please tell me what do you mean by 'system'?"

You didn't provide any info about your "system" or it's specs. "Windows 7" is not a spec. Is this a custom built computer? Or is it an OEM computer - Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP/Compaq, etc? If it's an OEM, what is the model & model number? If it's a custom build, you should list the specs - board, CPU, RAM, video, etc.

Regardless, you appear to be trying to delete a legitmate system folder.


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#7
March 13, 2012 at 17:16:51
Unless you are really stuffed for space then why not leave them there? They are unlikely to affect performance unless they are virus related.

However, if you wish to then you can remove most things using a Live Linux CD (such as Puppy Linux). They are handy to have anyway, useful for diagnosis, getting your own files of a crashed computer, etc.

Whatever, if you remove them you'll soon find out the hard way whether they are important to the system.

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#8
March 13, 2012 at 18:49:17
to remove any unwanted files or folders you just need a free tool like dr delete or move on boot. They will do the job for you

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#9
March 13, 2012 at 19:19:52
My computer is an Acer Aspire One Series D250-1Bk. For the specs, RAM is 1024 MB.
Anyway, would you like a screenie of the folder?

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#10
March 13, 2012 at 19:30:19
The 'weird' folder contains empty folders with names such as 1025, 1028, 1029, 3082, et cetera and another folder called Graphics which is also empty. It says I need system permission to move them anywhere or to open them. Other files in there are header.BMP, ParameterInfo.XML, Setup, Strings.XML, watermark.BMP, DHtmlHeader (It's an HTML document.) SetupEngine.dll, NDP40-KB2518870 (Says its a Windows Installer Patch. Tried running it but says it can't be opened.) sqmapi.dll, UiInfo.XML.

Thought I could let you get an idea of what's inside this folder..


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#11
March 14, 2012 at 07:45:16
The problem of permissions is due to Windows running.

"Move on boot" type programs get around this by removing them before boot up.

They can also be removed when using Linux Live CD's to access the HD, because Windows is not running.

My guess, from similar experience, is that it would be safe to remove them but it would be improper of me to suggest you do so without being absolutely certain. The risk, however low, has to be yours. I doubt they are doing any harm so they could be left in place.

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#12
March 15, 2012 at 03:37:21
Noted!
Anyway, can you tell me what this folder really is? A folder left from updating? A backup file, or what?
Thanks!

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#13
March 15, 2012 at 08:16:58
Most likely updating (I've seen C root files with long numbers after various updates). The KB would be a Windows update.

However, I can't be absolutely certain, the Properties might tell you something if it lets you see them. Maybe someone else will be able to give a positive identification.

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#14
March 17, 2012 at 05:44:19
I suppose I'll just leave the folder there, then,
Is it safe to put on 'hide'?
If yes, how can I 'unhide' it once I hid it?

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#15
March 17, 2012 at 08:41:31
I don't know any method to hide individual files and folders in Win7, although there might be some program that will do this. Normally it is global like this (option 1):
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

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#16
June 4, 2012 at 17:32:11
The files you have on the drive are just what you think they are, folders left after an installation of an update or program. I have the same folders and they annoy the heck out of me. You can remove them if you want, again like the others said the risk is yours and it's not as simple as hitting delete. I would suggest that you leave them as they really have no ill effect on the PC with the only exception being that they bother you because they are there. If you have any questions I will be more than happy to assist. I am a IT Tech and deal with this stuff all the time.

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#17
June 4, 2012 at 20:28:53
Hey, thanks a lot! I just put it on hide so that I don't have to stare at it.

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#18
January 18, 2013 at 23:19:35
In Win 7, you can try deleting via repair installation in command prompt
you can type :
- del [folder name] /s /f
- rd [folder name] /s

it works for me to really removes it !!


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