Questions tagged [appdata]

Use this tag when the topic is about the Windows %APPDATA% section of a user's directory. This can include information about how to find where specific programs store your individual settings.

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How to revert ReadOnly permission changes on AppData folder?

Background I have Windows 11 Pro on a Lenevo Thinkpad T14. Today, I was trying to install some software. Long story short, I got an error that said "Cannot write to AppData folder", so being ...
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Have I been backing up worthless APPDATA for years?

deep breath Alright, so I just needed to restore some important data stored in a program's user profile. So naturally, I went to one of my backup disks and navigated to the APPDATA dir. The data was ...
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Windows 10 -System has blocked Quicken from accessing the following file/folder: c:\users\Admin\AppData\roaming\Intuit so Quicken won't start up

Not sure why this is happening. Spent hours on the phone with Quicken, with no resolution. Two unexplained issues about this error. That folder - AppData\Roaming\Intuit doesn't exist and Quicken doesn'...
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Why does my old Firefox backup contain several screenshots of a fraction of my screen?

To start, a few innocent examples: As you can see, they seem to all capture the same "slice" of my screen. They are all in .png format and occupy the /AppData/Local/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/...
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WindowsSearch not working

I decided to move AppData to D: and crated junction. I am not sure if it occurred because of this or because of Windows update shortly after, but ever since I am not able search for anything. I cannot ...
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Moving Roaming folder

My C: is always full and the main reason is because of the Roaming folder, I see people on the Internet move it to another drive to save space. Is it really safe to do this? How to move it, I always ...
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I moved the AppData folder, now the start menu and notifications menu isn't working. I have no idea why

I moved my AppData folder to my second drive to save space, and the system icons on my taskbar, including the system menu and networking menu, won't work anymore. I can't right click on applications ...
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Why does a software which should be installed in AppData keep getting installed in program files(x86), is there a Windows configuration, to do so?

There is a custom built Excel plugin which is getting installed inside C:\Users\username\AppData\Local folder. That is the correct spot. But for some users it getting installed inside Program Files(...
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Windows 10 update erased %AppData%\Notepad++\backup; is there a way to restore unsaved files?

Today's update of Windows 10 erased Notepad++ [v7.9.1] folder %AppData%\Notepad++\backup and am aware that backup files can be a solution, but is there any way to get my unsaved tabs back? I've read ...
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Folder has gone missing from AppData, why?

I have an old SSD with a Windows 8.1 installation on it. I am trying to track down a cryptocoin wallet that I had been using back in 2014 and is typically stored in AppData\Roaming. The thing is, the ...
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Problems with %AppData% folder

I have two drives in my computer, one SSD and one HDD, but the SSD was getting full so I moved %AppData% to the HDD to save space, using a symlink to link them, and navigating to %AppData% ...
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Java (jre) doesn't work anymore, even eclipse won't startup

I have tried to change my java version.I wanted version 14.0.1. There is a version 1.8.0.145, it's still there in a dir in program files. But now, when type java -version in cmd, it's looking for '...
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Moving and merging AppData folders

About six years ago, I moved my AppData folder off my boot drive (an SSD) to an HDD. I've just started looking at my system, and I seem to have done something quite wrong. My AppData folder has been ...
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What is the WebCache folder in AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/ Windows 10

I downloaded "WinDirStat" in order to clean up some space on my Windows 10 PC. This program orders directories in a tree view based on size. Immediately I saw my user folder was using almost ...
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Were changes to the attributes of the AppData folder made in Windows 10 to hide it from Windows Explorer - even when hidden files/folders are enabled?

If choosing to show hidden files/folders from within the Folder Options of Windows Explorer in Windows 10, I've noticed that the "AppData" folder within "C:\Users\Username" isn't ...
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Why do some Windows programs store user data directly in the User folder as opposed to AppData?

This is pretty infuriating to me. There isn't a consistency as to where things are stored. Isn't all that stuff (like .conda and .cache and .viminfo) supposed to be in AppData\Roaming? Almost nothing ...
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Secedit.exe stops working after denying execution permission to AppData directory

I'm using the following command to deny execution permission to the AppData directory: icacls $env:userprofile\AppData /deny "*S-1-1-0:(OI)(CI)(X)" The problem is, that after doing this, I'...
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Is it possible to FIX the %AppData%/Roaming after moving it to different location

I moved %AppData%\Roaming\ to a different drive and realized afterward that Windows somehow lost access to %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\ (couldn't read and write), so I lost startup items and many ...
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What is the difference between "Root Directory" and "Local Directory" on Pale Moon's "about:profiles" page?

In about:profiles, it says for my default profile: Root Directory C:\Users\John Doe\AppData\Roaming\Moonchild Productions\Pale Moon\Profiles\blabla.default Local Directory C:\Users\John Doe\AppData\...
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What are "temp" folders used for in Windows 10?

I wanted to do disk cleanup myself and found a large folder in %localappdata% called Temp. I wondered if deleting the contents of it won't harm my computer. All I know about "temp" folders ...
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Where can I find the folder which houses the system applications that appear when right-clicking the windows logo on windows 10?

I've recently re-installed all my program files onto a new system through downloading them from the internet and installing them, while also copying the AppData folder, under Users/computer name/, ...
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Moving AppData to another drive

all I am trying to move AppData\Local, AppData\Roaming, and AppData\LocalLow to my D: drive. I know this is ill-advised by Microsoft, but if developers would be inclined to NOT store all there data in ...
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Why does %appdata% point to the appdata folder of the administrator?

There's a Windows 10 computer on my network where %appdata% points to the %UserProfile%\AppData folder of the built-in Administrator. I log in as user X on the machine (X is not the built-in ...
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Inaccessible windows account cannot logon

After a computer repair and some unwanted changes by third party persons i got my primary user account is not listed in switch users screen. The default administrator account activated and its the ...
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Manipulate AppData folder and fail install apps in Windows 10

I unhide AppData folder and change ownership settings and Windows fail in install/update apps from Store. Error: 0x80070005 I can't install programs from EXE MSI setup because they cant create ...
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Is there any reason for an application to be installed in AppData on Win7?

I installed the Zoom Client for Meetings on a Win7 box. This software is a popular application used by many people (in other words, it's not just some shady random piece of software). What surprised ...
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Move Evernote folder to %USERPROFILE\AppData

I don't like application data clogging up my user folder, so I'm trying to move my Evernote folder, which contains the databases and the main logs, from the default location on the user folder to %...
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Select drive for user folder

Is there a way for selecting a different drive for the user folder when installing windows 10 ? I don't want it to be in c:\ because appdata grows too big after some time and my primary drive is small....
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Windows 10 is it safe to remove AppData content from my user

I have Microsoft Windows 10 installed in 1st partition of size 100gb, from couple of months I have been running into low disks pace and for same reasons not my windows getting latest updates nor able ...
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User authorities for different windows 7 users

I believe I have got into some authority problem - but I am stuck. My guess is that the problem ocured due to lack of disk space, which is fine by now. This is what I deal with: One of the admin ...
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Why do I have a Roaming Profile? (Windows 7 & 10 HOME Editions)

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%) ...
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Why Program Files vs Program Files (x86) but no AppData vs AppData (x86)?

On Windows, depending on the bit-ness of an installed program, it will go to Program Files or Program Files (x86). Additionally, many installation programs give you the option to install "For all ...
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Appdata/Local/Packages- safe to remove?

Trying to make sapce on my C drive. I see that my Appdata/Local/Packages folder is almost 20GB! Is it safe to delete this? If not, can it be 'pruned' without affecting installed applications?
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Where does Anki store media?

Where does Anki store media such as pictures, sound recordings, etc? I have tried to export the deck, but it doesn't show the location:
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