What is Application Data Folder in Windows 7

AppData or Application data is a hidden folder in Windows 7. It is to protect user data and settings from any unwanted change or deletion. It contains many important data such as program settings, IE cookies, toolbar settings, IE browsing history, temporary files created by applications, Libraries, send to items, templates and many more.

To access this folder you have to select “Show hidden files and folders” in the folder options. You can check the article to know how you can access hidden files and folders in Windows.


Now click on Start button and then click on the username link present at the top right.


Your user account folder will open. It consists of many folders. Also it contains one folder called AppData. This is the folder hidden and it is displayed now because you unhide all the hidden folders in the previous step.


Double click on AppData folder and you can see three folders inside it namely Local, LocalLow and Roaming. Each folder has its own significance.


Local: Local folder contains many subfolders . It mainly contains folders related to installed programs. Also there is a folder of Microsoft where you can find history of Windows activities. There is a temp folder which stores all the temporary files. IE temporary files are stored under temporary internet files under Windows folder.

Roaming: Windows computer makes a roaming profile which is stored on a network server. All the data available to roaming profile can be accessed via roaming folder. Type %appdata% in the start menu search box to access the roaming folder. You can find many programs folders inside Roaming. Go to Microsoft –> Windows and you can access many folders such as Libraries, network shortcuts, printer shortcuts, recent items, send to, start menu, templates, themes, etc.

LocalLow It is mainly for IE, Java and Adobe protected mode data.

Note: If you want to open temporary internet files, cookies data, send to data, cache files and history data present inside different folders then you don’t need to go to AppData directory every time. Just click on the Start button, type shell:history to access Internet Explorer browsing history, type shell:cache to access offline cache for Internet Explorer, type shell:cookies to access Internet Explorer cookies data, and type shell:sendto to add or delete shortcuts to be appear in send to menu.

17 Responses

  1. I have been taken over by appdata and DO NOT want it. I want to know how to get rid of it and go back to my *normal* folders.

  2. Is it possible to erase AppData? I have 100GB hard disc partition and AppData is 70Gb big. I think that something went wrong.
    Please help!

    • Don’t delete the AppData folder!!!
      Like half of your apps or probably more will crash as soon as you open them and stuff like that if you delete it.

  3. Thanks you pointed me in the right direction and I was able to correct the problem right away. I have no idea how that information was changed.
    Thanks again

  4. Thank you very much… I thought that I’ve lost my file forever and then I found it thanks to your explication.. thank you again 😀

  5. My whole Appdata is 2 GB, which is a lot because I have very little memory left on my hard drive, can I somehow have more space on my computer by deleting something? I have about 27 000 images (yes i know it’s alot hah) But every picture is about 3 MB so I have to delete thousands so I can have some memory. So the question is: is the folder “app data” really necessary and what can I do to get more memory om my computer? 🙂 Thank you so much!

  6. My computer has suddenly started creating a temporary profile when I boot up. I have tried to delete the TEMP file in regedit to no avail, and also to copy my profile content to a new profile many times so I can delete the original. I found the AppData information wasn’t fully copied over, so I tried to delete the new profiles to start over but was not allowed to delete the new App Data folder within them as it contained a windows folder that was in use elsewhere. I am not logged into the profiles I want to delete, so how do I clear out unwanted profiles?


  7. When I startup my computer it says:
    c\:users\name\appdata\roaming\micros~1\windos\startM~1\programs\startup\scanld~1.dll is not a Win32 application.

    What to do?

  8. When I start up my laptop i get a diaglog box indicating C:\users\name\appdata\local\temp\srsxdcp\sobfbvd\wow.dll
    specified module could not be found.

    What to do?

  9. Hi there! Thank you for your post. What can you tell us about the \appdata\local\temp directory? What does it do, and how do programs interact with this folder?

  10. The writer of this article must updated for Winodws 8 user. The way to open hided folder in windows 8 is diferent. I liked this article. Very usefull.

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