Windows 11 fills your System32 directory with hundreds of empty folders

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  • If you check your System32 directory and find lots of folders, don’t worry.
  • Windows 11 created these folders, just like Windows 10, because of a bug.
  • However, this issue will not affect the overall performance of your operating system.
  • You can also delete empty directories without any consequences.

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Microsoft’s latest operating system creates many empty folders in a System32 directory for no apparent reason, just like its predecessor.

If you take the time to check the directory folder mentioned above, you will find literally over a hundred empty folders, with no purpose.

Moreover, some users have even reported that they have thousands of empty directories in the folder.

Hundreds of empty folders are created by Windows 11

The folders in question have names that begin with of them and end with .tmp. When you open them, you will notice that they contain absolutely no files.

This problem has been known since Windows 10 reigned as Microsoft’s supreme operating system, before Windows 11 existed.

The general idea is that temporary folders are created by the Provisioning Package Runtime Processing tool, filename ProvTool.exe.

Also, these tmp folders can be deleted, so you can do that if you want, as it doesn’t seem to have any negative impact on the system.

You can relax because the bug is not critical in most cases, since empty folders do not take up much disk space and do not interfere with system operation.

This problem only confirms the fact that Windows 11 is extremely similar to Windows 10 and that the bugs that affected the previous operating system probably also affect the new one.

Another, more recent example that this is actually true is the Print Nightmare issue. It started by affecting the predecessor of Windows 11, then moved on to the latest.

If you also want to check and see if your system has amassed hundreds of folders, all you have to do is:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Access the partition where the Windows is installed.
  3. Open the the Windows case.
  4. Open System32.
  5. Click on configuration.
  6. To select system profile.
  7. Click on Application data.
  8. Open the Local case.

As we mentioned before, the folders are completely empty and if you choose to delete them, nothing bad will happen, so it’s pretty much your choice.

Have you noticed the same problem on your machine? Let us know in the comments section below.

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