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Application Data folder inside Application Data folder

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit

    Application Data folder inside Application Data folder


    I am running Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. In the hidden folder "All Users" is a folder named "Application Data". Inside it is a folder named "Application Data". Inside that is yet another folder named "Application Data". This nonsense repeats itself to a depth of 16 folders, all named "Application Data". I cannot remove them. Windows tells me that I have to have permission from myself.

    Norton 360 finds no risks or suspicious files on my computer.

    Has anyone else had this idiotic problem? What causes it? More importantly, how do I get rid of that "All Users" directory tree altogether? I am the only user on my computer, so I don't need templates or anything else like that.

    Thank you in advance for your helpful responses.

    Richard

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  2. #2


    Never seen that before!! judging by the lack of response sounds like its a new one!

    It does definatly sound virus related in some way.

    Malwarebytes in Safemode would find anything there, but wont undo the damaged caused assuming it is a virus of course. The folders would still be there!!

    Suppose only way to fully sort that would be a refresh/reset.

    Refresh - Maybe
    Reset - Defo!
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  3. #3


    Application Data is a Junction or Hard Link. It points to AppData. Trying to view it just takes you in a spiral down to nowhere.

    This started with Vista ad continues through Windows 8.1 Preview.
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  4. #4


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Yes, the links are made to support some older stuff, I think.

    Here is an example of the issue:

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    
    C:\Windows\system32>streams /?
    
    
    Streams v1.56 - Enumerate alternate NTFS data streams
    Copyright (C) 1999-2007 Mark Russinovich
    Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com
    
    
    usage: streams [-s] [-d] <file or directory>
    -s     Recurse subdirectories
    -d     Delete streams
    
    
    
    
    C:\Windows\system32>streams -s -d c:\Users\jim\.
    
    
    Streams v1.56 - Enumerate alternate NTFS data streams
    Copyright (C) 1999-2007 Mark Russinovich
    Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com
    
    
    Error opening c:\Users\jim\AppData\Local\Temporary Internet Files:
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    
    
    Error opening c:\Users\jim\AppData\Local\Application Data\Temporary Internet Files:
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    
    
    Error opening c:\Users\jim\AppData\Local\Application Data\Application Data\Temporary Internet Files:
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    
    
    Error opening c:\Users\jim\AppData\Local\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Temporary Internet Files:
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    
    
    Error opening c:\Users\jim\AppData\Local\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Temporary I
    nternet Files:
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    
    ...
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    Jim, that is exactly what I encountered! Moreover, I was unable to delete anything in the bottom-most directory because the path name was too long for Windows.

    So here is what I did to resolve the problem:
    • Beginning with the first "Application Data" sub-directory, I renamed it "1"
    • I renamed the next "Application Data" sub-directory below that "2"
    • Continuing that process, I renamed all the "Application Data" sub-directories
    • Now Windows could swallow the path without throwing up all over itself
    • I opened the bottom-most directory, "16", reset all the file attributes, and deleted all the files
    • I moved up a directory and removed the now empty "16" subdirectory
    • I continued doing that until all the offending directories were gone

    Problem solved!

    Thank you guys for pitching in! Yahowah bless you.

    Richard
    Last edited by BlessYahowah; 31 Aug 2013 at 12:49. Reason: spelling correction
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  6. #6


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Well, I don't think I would delete anything here.
    The All Users application data is used when you add a new account and may be used by the current user account.
    These junctions are a nuisance, but I think they are harmless.
    Perhaps you can safely delete some of them if you are using all-new 64-bit apps, but if you are using a mix of old and newI would just leave this stuff alone.
    As an example of something similar, Office 2010 still installs lots of things using the old 8.3 shortnames, for example, the ones that look like this 'C:\Proga~1\Name~2'.
    I think when the new OS (ReFS) becomes more popular all these old relics will go away (because some of these are not supported).

    When Windows 95 was released, and touted as a 32-bit OS, there was still quite a lot of 16-bit thunking going on.
    We should all have 64-bit only apps in our 64-bit Windows, but take a look...

    I'm not a Windows programmer, so I don't know how hard it is to port a 32-bit app to a 64-bit app, but I suppose there are a lot of issues...
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  7. #7


    I suspect you will end up with problems at some point. As mentioned, Application Data is no longer directory structure (folder tree). Now it simply a link or junction to AppData.

    Why do you feel the need to remove them? Ignore Application Data, look in AppData for things.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    win 8.1


    I found this in Win 8.1. The system seems to install copies of program files at each "application data\". A new user profile is just over 2GB. After installing some programs it's over 70GB.
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Application Data folder inside Application Data folder
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