Windows – Is it possible to delete `C:\ProgramData\Microsoft` folder without breaking programs

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I have a large hard drive, but over the course of time, I find that I now only have 5 GB of space. While manually looking through my hard drive, I noticed that the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft takes up 2.2 GB of space.

Is it possible to manually delete C:\ProgramData\Microsoft folder or at the very least reduce the size of this folder without breaking Microsoft programs?

If there are other ways to reduce the size of this folder, please detail the necessary steps to take.

Best Answer

  • Is it possible to manually delete C:\ProgramData\Microsoft folder or at the very least reduce the size of this folder without breaking Microsoft programs?

    No.

    If there are other ways to reduce the size of this folder, please detail the necessary steps to take.

    There is one possibility.

    That is the default location for the windows search database, which can be several gigabytes on its own. If this happens to be indexing more information that you really need, then you could reduce the database size by excluding these options from the index.

    To do that, you go the your Control Panel and search for 'Indexing options' it this should allow you see what is being currently indexed and you can modify the criteria.

    You may also need to delete and rebuild the index which can be done from the advanced section. (It also allows you to change the location of the database, but I presume that isn't off any benefit to you)