Would it be safe to temporarily delete the following files from C:\


in order to backup the Operating System? Would the OS re-generate them later on? When?

  • What do you mean by temporarily, will you restore(/copy back) them after deleting?
    – RogUE
    Aug 29 '15 at 14:22
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    Assuming the system will restore it later on.
    – cpx
    Aug 29 '15 at 14:46
  • presumably you're not trying to do this on the drive you're currently booted from?
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 29 '15 at 14:59
  • …. Doesn't your backup software have an option to exclude some files?
    – user1686
    Aug 29 '15 at 15:08
  • Yes, I am trying to do that from the currently booted drive. @grawity: I have to check this if the backup software silently exclude those files. I am using Paragon's Backup and Recovery tool.
    – cpx
    Aug 29 '15 at 15:14

I confirmed that Paragon's Backup and Recovery tool doesn't include these files in actual backups. Only the names of the files however appear in explorer because they are present in Master File table back up partition (which is not the actual data on disk).


I have tried that on a virtual machine and, if you are not planning on backuping a hibernated system, you are good to go.

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