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Weird folders in post-upgrade Windows: $WINDOWS.~Q and $INPLACE.~TR. Safe to delete?

Weird folders in post-upgrade Windows: $WINDOWS.~Q and $INPLACE.~TR. Safe to delete?

I just performed an in-place upgrade of Windows Vista to Windows 7.

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Guest [Entry]

"From What Are the $INPLACE.~TR and $WINDOWS.~Q Folders and Can I Delete Them?

These two folders are leftover folders
created by Windows during the upgrade
process, but unfortunately they don’t
get deleted at the end of the setup
process. You’ll only see them if
you’ve got the option to show hidden
files enabled under Organize –> Folder
and Search Options.

The good news is that you can
definitely get rid of them.

The easiest way to remove them is to
just run Disk Cleanup (type it into
the start menu search box), and then
click the button to “Clean up system
files”, which will re-launch Disk
Cleanup as administrator.

Why is this the easiest way instead of
the delete key? Because the folders
are normally system protected, and you
should also use Disk Cleanup
regularly, so stop whining and get to
it!"
Guest [Entry]

You can delete them safely. They are temporary folders created during the upgrade.