[German]Today another inquiry to the readership of this blog, if the observation of a reader can be verified. The reader noticed that under Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, in version 21H1 and with all updates installed, “directory garbage” suddenly appears. Windows leaves a bunch of empty directories in the system profile folder every time it reboots.
The bug is not new, I have found entries in forums as far back as 2020. Here is some information that the user sent me.
A reader’s feedback
German blog reader Thomas G. contacted me a few days ago with a curious observation. He is running two systems with Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, in version 21H1. In doing so, he noticed newly created files, and writes:
I am running Windows 10 Home and Pro, version 21H1, current patch level.
The affected directory is:
Apparently, nineteen (!) empty TMP directories are created in this location with each reboot.
They all have a name similar to “tw-1670-10dc-7994a0.tmp”.
On some of my serviced devices, the number had added up to several hundred.
From what I could read, this might have something to do with “Provisioning Task” in Task Scheduling. (…Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning…).
The constant creation of these directories can probably be turned off by overriding a “logon function” in Task Scheduling.
This is supposed to have no short-term consequences for Windows operation, but is probably more of an “experimental tip”. The long-term consequences are unclear….
Thomas asked for a good tip to solve the problem? I would have pointed him to Linux, but that wouldn’t have been interpreted as being on target. However, on a test machine I booted, I could not find these empty folders.
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Odd TMP files – OK to delete? What are they?
I was helping someone correct an ESENT error and guiding them to:
and looking in my Local folder there I found a slew of .tmp folders, all zero bytes.
The folders are dated from 3/13/20 to today (3/29/20)
There are 19 folders created for each date, all have the same time.
Is it OK to delete these?
I ran Disk Cleanup (as Administrator) and it did not remove them.
What do you think these are?
He found these files on his system and posted a screenshot with the directory garbage. Here is an excerpt of such files:
In this post someone writes that the empty TMP folders are created by ProvTool.exe (Provisioning package runtime processing tool). The solution is to add the Logon task in the Task Scheduler under
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