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      • #2286548 Reply
        ChuckR
        AskWoody Plus

        I have ntuser.dat files all through my Windows 7 Pro 64bit system. They go back as far as 2011.  Is there a way to remove them such that the 2020 files remain? I am assuming they are the latest files reflecting the system as of today.

        The same question refers to the desktop.ini files that are spread all over back to 2000.

      • #2286552 Reply
        Canadian Tech
        AskWoody_MVP

        If you want to keep using Windows 7, I strongly recommend you do a re-install to get a clean start. It will enable you to produce a backup copy of the system in its final state which enables easy re-install without the hassle of activation and an install process. If your hard drive is old, replace it first. Follow the procedure I posted here and you will have a very good system indeed:

        Canadian Tech: How to rebuild a Win7 system with minimal snooping

        I consider a laptop hard drive old if it is over 5 years. A desktop 8 years.

        CT

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      • #2286557 Reply
        PKCano
        Da Boss

        If you won’t want to go to the trouble of reinstalling, open Control Panel\Folder options. On the View tab, check the box “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).”
        Click “Apply” and “OK”

        • #2286561 Reply
          ChuckR
          AskWoody Plus

          That would hide them, but would not gain any space on my SSD.

          • #2286566 Reply
            PKCano
            Da Boss

            How much space do they take up?

            • #2286570 Reply
              ChuckR
              AskWoody Plus

              I have no way of total them as they are spread out across my folders.

              Is there a utility that would total them by c: ?

              • #2286576 Reply
                PKCano
                Da Boss

                Well, just look at the size of a few of them and make a guess.
                On my computer, a desktop.ini file is 282 bytes. and my ntuser.dat is 3840KB. It would take an awful lot of them to be significant. An awful lot.

      • #2286575 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        I have no way of total them as they are spread out across my folders.

        Is there a utility that would total them by c: ?

        Try the portable Everything.

      • #2286588 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        I have no way of total them as they are spread out across my folders.

        Is there a utility that would total them by c: ?

        Yes, there is a way.

        Run search for ntuser.dat in windows explorer. Mark all, right-click for properties.

        Totalntuser

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        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        ntuser.dat files have information about your registry. It might be wise to leave them alone.

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