Windows 10: Weird %LocalAppData% Folder Names

Discus and support Weird %LocalAppData% Folder Names in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Every computer that I have owned since using Windows 7 has suffered from this issue at times. Does anyone know why? Some folders (or sub-folders) in... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Callender, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. Callender Win User

    Weird %LocalAppData% Folder Names


    Every computer that I have owned since using Windows 7 has suffered from this issue at times. Does anyone know why?

    Some folders (or sub-folders) in %LocalAppData% sometimes get renamed to Folder Name followed by .exe_Url then a long random string of text. Typically these folders would contain config files.

    If I rename the folder then at some point over the next few days it will revert to it's old name containing .exe_Url

    Example:


    Weird %LocalAppData% Folder Names [​IMG]

    I also checked the machine that I use at work (Windows 10 Pro) and it's the same on that.

    Does anyone else see this or know why it happens?

    I can find a couple of references but no explanations.

    See:
    Security check

    Solved: SourceTree will not launch

    :)
     
    Callender, Mar 25, 2021
    #1

  2. Start Menu Folder Icons are being weird.

    We appreciate the screenshot you included. Rebuilding icon cache may help us resolve the issue. Follow the steps below:

    • Open Command Prompt.
    • Copy and paste each command below one at a time into the command prompt, and press
      Enter after each command.
      • ie4uinit.exe -show
      • taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
      • DEL /A /Q "%localappdata%\IconCache.db"
      • DEL /A /F /Q "%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*"
      • shutdown /r /f /t 00
    Note: Performing the steps above will involve killing explorer and restarting the PC. We suggest saving anything that you're working on before proceeding.

    Keep us in the loop with the result.
     
    Martin Bar, Mar 25, 2021
    #2
  3. Moved a folder from another drive and rename and it still shows as the old folder name in certain places

    Hi Nick,

    I suggest you to try the steps provided below and check the behavior.

    • Create a new folder name it as 'My Videos'.
    • Now copy/cut and paste the contents which are in the folder "Videos", and delete the folder "Videos".
    • Now check the behavior.
    Please keep us updated with the status of the folder, to assist you further.

    Regards,
     
    Syed Abdul Jabbar, Mar 25, 2021
    #3
  4. topgundcp Win User

    Weird %LocalAppData% Folder Names

    Unable to delete a folder - Invalid folder name


    Suggestion:
    1. Run chkdsk x: /r to make sure that there's no HD corruption.
      x: is the drive containing the folder you want to delete.
    2. Try to delete the folder again. If still does not work, go to step 3.
    3. Download: Download - Linux Mint and create a bootable USB using: Rufus - Create bootable USB
    4. Boot up with Linux Mint and try to delete the folder again.
      NOTE: Unlike WinPE. Linux does not have any Windows permission imposed to it so it is easier to delete.
     
    topgundcp, Mar 25, 2021
    #4
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