I'm a little confused why it's looks like roaming profiles are enabled, but they are not.

Profile Status in 'User Profiles' and WMIC say "Local", yet there's a Roaming folder (aka %appdata%) housing a third of my appdata.

Here is an image of the User Profiles screen and a list of profiles folders:

User Profiles

This is on two laptops (Windows 7 Home & Windows 10 Home), both recently formatted. There's no workgroup or file sharing between them. Could it be because I used the same @hotmail Microsoft Account when creating Users on both computers? Is there any advantage to splitting up my data like this?

Googling for an answer shows me how to add/remove roaming profiles, but not about data being stored there when I haven't instructed Windows to do so.

An explanation or links to related reading would be appreciated... Thanks!

*EDIT: Mis-capitalized one folder name.

Corrected File List

thanks for the simple link -- I was overthinking, thinking "Roaming" must have already "Roamed" somewhere, as opposed to organizing data in case of "future roaming!"

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  • The article posted by @Appleoddity provides a thorough explanation. These folders have existed within Windows builds for more than a decade. – Run5k Oct 23 '17 at 12:35
  • All users accounts have those three folders. There is nothing abnormal about those folders existing. – Ramhound Oct 23 '17 at 13:16
  • The author's image is obviously incorrect. The folder name is FolderLow not LocAllow or localAllow. – Ramhound Oct 23 '17 at 17:14
  • Folder name was a manual typo. Should be LocalLow (spelled the same as LocAllow, just capitalized differently.) – ashleedawg Oct 24 '17 at 9:23

You don't have a roaming profile, otherwise, the profile type (from your first image) would read 'Roaming'.

The 3 folders in appdata are Local, LocalLow and Roaming.

The roaming folder is for data that SHOULD roam with the user data, if such a profile is enabled.


  • Thanks, I get that now. Now if I could figure out how to get the Names showing again instead of SSID's, I'd be golden. (Bottom image here) – ashleedawg Oct 24 '17 at 10:45

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