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    Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    I've just booted up my work pc and, after an unsually rather lengthy personal settings and script execution timespan, I now have these three empty folders on my C: hard drive. What are they for?
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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    They might be temporary folders created by an application. Can you delete them?

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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    Typically those cryptically named folders are created by software installations. They are usually deleted when the installation is complete. However, as you have discovered sometimes they are left on the system. You should be able to safely delete them.

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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> guys.
    I've deleted them

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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    I've occasionally found this folder-name format left lying around following a Windows Update of something hefty...
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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    I would normally expect to see similarly named folders in %USERPROFILE%Local SettingsTemp if they had been used for unpacking installation files.

    Right-click My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables...
    What paths do you have in there?

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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    Thank you Leif, sorry for the belated reply but at the moment it looks like the Lounge doesn't send email notifications.
    Yes, I've found similarly named folders in %USERPROFILE%Local SettingsTemp and they take up a sizeable space(940 MB in my case) so I take it I can delete them then.
    Also do you think I can delete the D:38ad8aa18c338c9fa1 folder you see in the picture below?
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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    The I386 folder allows you to repair Windows without having the installation CD at hand. Why there is an I386 folder under D:38ad8aa18c338c9fa1 I don't know, perhaps it's left over from installing a service pack or similar.
    If you have a "regular" I386 folder in the root of your disk (C: or D<img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>, you can probably delete D:38ad8aa18c338c9fa1 but it might be wise to make a backup on DVD or on some CDs. Also see Can I move or delete my I386 directory to free up some space?

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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    Thank you Hans <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29>
    I'm afraid I don't have a "regular" I386 folder in the root of my disk (C: or D: ) so I suppose it's ok to move the I386 folder under D:38ad8aa18c338c9fa1 to the root.
    I've also deleted the folders in %USERPROFILE%Local SettingsTemp.

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    Re: Unidentified Folder Objects(UFOs) (SP3)

    I have right-clicked My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables...
    I have two variables in the top pane:
    TEMP Cocuments and SettingsGiorgioLocal SettingsTemp
    TMP Cocuments and SettingsGiorgioLocal SettingsTemp
    See the bottom pane below
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