How to Remove Programs From Application Data Directory

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How to Remove Programs From Application Data Directory
You can delete the dregs of software program files from your hard drive. (computer image by Orlando Florin Rosu from Fotolia.com)

The Application Data Directory is the repository of data for the program applications installed on your hard drive. These files contain personal profile data, configuration data, and other information relevant to the program and its users. They are stored in the directory, within the subdirectory folders "Local" and "Roaming." You may delete the program file folders in these subdirectories, if you have un-installed the software program from your computer and want to remove all traces of the program. The Application Data Directory is hidden by default. You must first configure the directory to appear in the list of files, and then you may delete program file data in the subdirectories.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to your computer Desktop. Double-click "Computer" to open the dialogue window.

  2. 2

    Go to the menu bar and click "Tools." Select "Folder Options" from the menu.

  3. 3

    Click the tab "View." Look for "Hidden files and folders." Check the button below the text that reads "Show hidden files and folders." Click "OK" to save your settings and close the dialogue window.

  1. 1

    Go to the "Start" menu. Click "Run." If you do not see "Run" listed as an option, enter the term in the search bar, and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

  2. 2

    Type in the following: %appdata%. Click "OK" to open the "AppData Directory." Double-click the "Local" folder to access the program file folders.

  3. 3

    Locate the program file folder you want to delete. Click it once to highlight it. Right-click on the icon, and select "Delete."

  4. 4

    Go back to the "AppData Directory." Double-click the "Roaming" folder to access the program file folders.

  5. 5

    Locate the program file folder you want to delete. Click it once to highlight it. Right-click on the icon, and select "Delete."

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to retrieve the program folder that you deleted from the directories, you can go to the Recycle Bin to restore the folder.
  • If you delete the program file data folders from your Application Data Directory before un-installing the software program to which it relates, you may render the software program useless, or lose important personal configuration data for the program.

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