Post by masonc
Of 1330 "empty directories" 530 do not remove.
Many "amd64..." "x86..." and "wow64..."
What's this all about, or in my native Navy language: WTF?
Thanks for any comments.
Do a search on each of those terms and get further details.
The fact that you stated the exact number of empty directories and that you
cannot remove 530 of them makes me think you like playing Russian roulette.
You evidently use a software that finds empty folders (like maybe Glary
Utilities) - and now you're asking "What's this all about...?". Did the
software come with any help files, perhaps an online tutorial and were there
any pop-up messages telling you that "This is a protected folder and can't
The directories you couldn't remove are most likely operating system
protected folders or application protected folders and should - for the most
part, be left untouched. There are always exceptions but that is a long
AMD64 is about having an Intel processor (CPU) running AMD64 extensions (64
bit mode). More online info available.
x86 folders are where the 32 bit programs are stored on an x64 operating
WoW64 is for 32 bit program folders on a 64 bit operating system.
There's more of course but is there a purpose to your question or is this
just a curious inquiry?
Here's an explanation I just pulled from Google:
The 'Program Files (x86)' and 'SysWOW64' folders explained
Folder name Bitness Description
System32 64 System folder (system directory) for
SysWOW64 32 System folder (system directory) for 32-bit
Program Files 64 Folder for 64-bit program files
Program Files (x86) 32 Folder for 32-bit program files