What’s the Difference Between AppData and ProgramData?

We recently examined the difference between the Roaming and Local AppData folders in Windows. One commenter wondered further what the difference between the AppData and ProgramData folders is. Let’s take a look at these two folders and find out how their roles differ. As we discussed before, AppData is a folder inside your user directory. It contains data that is specific to your account. Usually, this includes configuration settings that are particular to your instance of an installed program. The ProgramData folder is located at the root of your C: drive. Like AppData, it’s hidden by default so you won’t see…

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