Warning! Deleting this file can cause damage to Windows or another Program. Odds are pretty high that you have seen a message like that, if you have ever tried to delete a file that windows wants to cling to, just like you cling to that picture of your crush or Ex, Especially if that file is inside the System32 folder of your OS drive.
But what exactly about it is so important that makes windows crazy and nervous as an in-tech employee during a performance review and why do internet trolls advise deleting it?
Let’s start with the first bit, many of the files inside System32 take the form of Dynamic Link Libraries or DLL. These files contain code and data that can be accessed and shared by many programs including windows itself.
The DLL inside the System32 folder enable functionality from control panel options to error checking, system update, streaming media support, encryption services, audio and video playback, DirectX rendering and even the Windows interface itself.
I mean it wouldn’t be very easy to use Windows OS if you couldn’t even see what you were doing. System32 also includes most of your drivers as well as elements of the Windows kernel, the fundamental code that interfaces Windows with your hardware allowing it to work well.
What that means is that many of these files simply can’t be deleted after you boot into Windows. Since they have already been loaded into memory, but even deleting other System32 files will probably end up breaking number of obvious things on System.
As a result of that your computer will refuse to boot the next time you try to. Turn it on meaning, you will end up having to run some System Recovery of some sort to have any chance of getting it back up and running without a full reformat.
So, this all sounds like stuff, you obviously wouldn’t want to get rid of, so why is anyone trying to do it. Well, not surprisingly many non-computer savvy folks have no idea, what the System32 folder is at all. Leading to some enterprising trolls spreading a meme, that deleting System32 will make your computer to run twice as fast.
This particular piece of Meme has been making its rounds on the internet since at least the early 2000s. But the way it is usually presented still fools many computer novices.
Typically there will be a bit of Copy paste describing, System32 as a folder that Microsoft uses to intentionally hobble your computer’s performance as part of some conspiracy to get you to go by PC tune-up software or something or even claiming the System32 is just straight up malware.
Then using step by step instructions that are designed to look like more credible system tuning tips directing users to enter one or two lines on a command prompt to delete the folder to be clear.
There are many people on the web that offers honest advice about how to speed up a slow computer, but in this particular case it is a giant hoax.
So the moral of the story is don’t delete System32 and don’t take computer maintenance advice from people that listed as master of Memeology on their resumes.
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