Why is %appdata% C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming and not just C:\Users\<user>\AppData?

And whats the difference between AppData\LocalLow and AppData\Local?

Related, but no duplicate: What is "%AppData%"?

  • As Ramhound commented, three's no way we can tell you "why" MS chose that. As for the other part of the question, check out the duplicate I'm about to mark this as. May 19, 2016 at 15:08
  • I don't think it's a duplicate. Poster appears to be asking why the convention is the way it is, i.e. why default to roaming? That is, why have %appdata% -> AppData\Roaming, and %localappdata% -> AppData\Local; as opposed to %appdata% or %localappdata% -> AppData\Local, and %roamingappdata% -> AppData\Roaming? No comment on whether that's answerable, though.
    – cp.engr
    Jan 16, 2018 at 16:10


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