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  1. 23 minutes ago, Andavari said:

    Is it considered bad, or taboo to clean things located in (on Win10): C:\ProgramData

    Reason I ask is because on my Win10 system I've found two things in my opinion worth cleaning, but when looking in winapp2.ini and searching I see nothing in there that targets in particular: %ProgramData%

    No, we clean a lot of files under C:\ProgramData. Search for entries using the variable %CommonAppData% (=C:\ProgramData).

  2. 32 minutes ago, siliconman01 said:

    With all the previous discussion about "Action Center" on Windows 10, it does not seem to be agreed by the global community that "Action Center" is not the correct name.  Perhaps we should rethink the change that was made a few days back, eh? ...

    :lol: Yes, if you right-click on the balloon icon in the lower right corner, the menu should also display "Open action center". But Microsoft also calls it "Notifications and Action Center", so the current entry name [Notifications *] is ok for me.

  3. 8 hours ago, siliconman01 said:

    Sounds more like a candidate for Winapp3.ini

    It is already in the Winapp3.ini: [Windows Search Cache *]. It was removed in 2013 because it crashed explorer.exe in Windows 7/8 and temporarily removed all Metro apps from the Windows 8 start screen.

    The revised entry is now only for Windows 10, but since Safe Mode and/or a reboot are required, it would be better if it remains a Winapp3.ini entry.

  4. 37 minutes ago, Nergal said:

    I think, but am unsure, that this removal may cause havok for people who use a microsoft login for windows 10

    I fear that people will already be angry that "we" have deleted their credentials for their NAS share. (That's why I don't understand why CCleaner also has built-in entries for passwords. IMHO passwords are not crap.)

  5. 4 hours ago, SMalik said:

    Push Notifications belong to Microsoft Store apps. Action Center Notifications are different. We should have this "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\ActionCenterCache|*.*|RECURSE" in [Action Center *] and [Security and Maintenance *] entries. It should not be in the [Push Notifications *] entry.

    As I wrote in one of my last posts the folder is only for the new Windows 10 action center (= notifications and quick actions). The folder does not exist under Windows 7/8 and Security and Maintenance is also just the old Windows 7/8 action center. Therefore, the folder cannot belong to the entries [Action Center *] or [Security and Maintenance *].

    BTW in my wpndatabase.db are also traces of common programs (e.g. system image program), so it is not limited to Microsoft Store apps. And missed (push) notifications are stored in the new Windows 10 action center, so notifications and the new Windows 10 action center go together. I don't think a separate Windows 10 action center entry is really necessary.

    I found the registry key for the new Windows 10 action center: "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ActionCenter". With this key we could make a separate entry. A suggestion for the name of the entry: [Notifications and Action Center *], because that's what Microsoft calls it in the Group Policy Editor. (And "Action Center" is blocked by the old entry for Windows 7/8.)

  6. 1 hour ago, SMalik said:

    ... By the way, whenever I delete wpndatabase.db file, LiveTile stop working on Microsoft Store apps, but I think we should add this back in the entry since it holds sensitive stuff.

    Yes, now I remember that you wrote the issue with the LiveTiles a few weeks ago. And yes, adding the .db files back shouldn't be a problem as they can only be deleted in Safe Mode.

    1 hour ago, SMalik said:

    Revised Entry

    Changed name from [Notifications *] to [Push Notifications *]
    Added *.db, *.db-shm and *.db-wal file extensions in FileKey1

    Is it okay with you if I add the FileKey "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\ActionCenterCache|*.*|RECURSE"? I think the FileKey fits much better in this entry than in the entry [Security and Maintenance *].

    1 hour ago, SMalik said:

    Have you seen my two posts above with images? I want to delete the images.

    Yes, thanks for the screenshots. You can remove them as you like.

  7. Thanks for your reply.

    But I think the entry [Notifications *] is correct after all: I opened the wpndatabase.db you mentioned, scrolled through it and was shocked because I found many snippets of old emails at the end of the file. The wpndatabase.db-wal also contains many snippets of emails. These are traces of email notifications from Outlook. Wow, what a privacy risk! The wpndatabase.db-wal is also updated after new notifications from Outlook:


    Therefore I think that the entry [Notifications *] should remain and we should add the FileKey "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\ActionCenterCache|*.*|RECURSE". Unfortunately, the wpndatabase.db files are locked by a service and cannot be removed by CCleaner. (I have to remove them manually.)

  8. Revised entries:

    I think we can remove DetectOS if we correct the Detect paths. They only exist on the matching Windows versions.

    [Action Center *]
    Detect=HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center

    [Security and Maintenance *]
    Detect=HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Security and Maintenance

    After some tests I am sure that the FileKey "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\ActionCenterCache|*.*|RECURSE" belongs to the entry [Notifications *]. You can test it for yourself: Just safely remove a USB drive. While you can see the notification, a file appears in the folder "ActionCenterCache". The file caches the icon. (In addition, the folder does not exist under Windows 7 and 8. And Microsoft itself calls the notification icon in the lower right corner of Windows 10 the action center icon.)



  9. 16 hours ago, SMalik said:

    These entries should be removed.

    [ShareX Backup *] ... [ShareX Screenshots *] ...

    I understand why you want to remove it, but please always try to give a reason if you want to remove entries. Thank you very much.

  10. 15 hours ago, SMalik said:

    Revised Entry

    Removed Detect2=HKLM\Software\Intel
    It points to something else

    This may be on your system, but many Intel drivers do not create a registry key under HKCU. Therefore the Detect with HKLM should stay.


  11. 3 hours ago, SMalik said:

    [Action Center *] is a part of Windows 7 only.

    [ScreenShot Index *] and [Sharing MFU *] are a part of Windows 8 only.

    Sorry, but that doesn't seem right:

    Microsoft no longer calls it "Action Center", but the "ActionCenterCache" folder (check the modification date) and the registry key "...\Security and Maintenance\Providers\EventLog " are still used by Windows 10.


    From the description of Microsoft: "The old action center is still here; it's been renamed Security and Maintenance."


    Also "ScreenShot Index" is still there. Please try it yourself: Just take a screenshot using WIN+Print and the registry value appears. "Sharing MFU" still seems to be used by some apps, e.g. the "Camera" app.


  12. Just my humble opinion: Normally the entries that are moved to Winapp3.ini are dangerous, because they could break a function or delete very important data. The entries for the icons do not break anything, because the bookmarks itself are still working after deleting the icons. Also, the entries have clearly understandable names and warnings and are disabled by default, like all Winapp2.ini entries. (As far as I know, the intention of the icon entries is to remove traces, since the browsers never delete the icons of removed bookmarks.) If we judge by "what most users want", we have to move many entries to Winapp3.ini (e.g. most entries with a warning or all entries for backups). But let's see what the others think.

  13. 1 hour ago, SMalik said:

    I think you misunderstood. Xbox One Smart Glass is a separate app. Also, Game bar is a separate app. ...

    I know, I just wanted to show that using "\Microsoft.Xbox*_*\" is not possible without affecting the two separate apps.

  14. 9 minutes ago, SMalik said:

    Xbox One Smart Glass is a separate app.

    Okay, thanks for your reply. Then we should make a big entry, because the app "Game bar" would be affected as well.


  15. 2 hours ago, Winapp2.ini said:

    This would affect the "Microsoft.XboxOneSmartGlass_8wekyb3d8bbwe" package, is it part of the Xbox app too?

    Unfortunately, I do not know it, because I have never used Xbox apps before. Maybe SMalik can tell us?
    (And/or we could use an ExcludeKey for this package.)

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