The Latest Windows 11 Bug: Thousands of Empty Folders

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Windows 11 is based on the same core as Windows 10, which is great for stability. But the new operating system inherited many issues in the process. The latest issue is related to hundreds or thousands of empty folders stored deep on the C: drive that accumulate idle while you use your computer.

It looks very familiar. People have reported the problem to Microsoft in the past, but it seems to be still porting to Windows 11. One user reported finding 2,451 empty folders. When I navigated to the same directory on my computer, I met 540 empty folders, all with a similar naming scheme.

If you want to see if you also have empty folders, you can find them here: C: WindowsSystem32configsystemprofileAppDataLocal.

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Extra folders don’t do anything, really. It doesn’t affect performance, and while empty folders technically take up space, it’s a tiny amount. MSPowerUser reports that the folders are associated with the Provisioning Package Runtime Handling Tool, which basically supplies your PC with predefined configuration files. As long as the folders are empty, and you see them on your Windows 11 PC, you can delete them without any problems.

All folders have the .tmp extension, which indicates that they were, at some point, used to backup data temporarily or store information in a cache. It seems that Windows automatically deletes any files that are inside these folders, not the folders themselves. If you can’t be bothered deleting them, don’t worry – this error shouldn’t make any difference while you’re using your computer.

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However, it underscores the main problem with Windows 11. It’s Windows 10 under the hood, warts and all. Near the launch, we encountered a rather serious memory leak issue that was also present on Windows 10. These issues reworked the high system requirements of Windows 11, indicating that under the rounded edges and the central taskbar, Windows 11 is no different from Windows 10.

Windows 11 is available as a free update to Windows 10 right now, but unless you’re ready to tinker with Android apps or try out new operating system sounds, you don’t need to upgrade. Microsoft supports Windows 10 until 2025, so you’ll have plenty of time to upgrade constantly. By then, hopefully, Microsoft has cleared up all the bugs.

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