I have a secondary drive linked to a VMWare Player Windows 8.1 machine from a Windows 7 host. Every day a number of randomly named folders are created on the disk root, all empty. To delete them you need admin rights, and I have to keep cleaning them every other day to not pollute the disk with tens of them.


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Any guesses on whether the host, the guest or VMWare is the one creating those folders?

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    Let me guess. This external/secondary drive is larger then your system drive? The folders names are not "random" they are Windows Update folders.
    – Ramhound
    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:56
  • Yes and that was my guess. How can I purge them automatically? Mar 13, 2015 at 10:17
  • If you purge them you remove your ability to uninstall those updates
    – Ramhound
    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:19
  • Why are they stored on the root folder? Can I at least hide them? The clutter is the annoying part because that's mainly my storage drive without all the windows/program files noise. Mar 13, 2015 at 12:06
  • Windows Update attempts to find the largest storage drive. It does this so it won't run out of the space. There are numerous questions on these folders.
    – Ramhound
    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:10


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