Do you see a $WinREAgent folder on your C drive? And maybe wondering what it is there for. Well, such folders with the ‘Dollar’ $ sign indicate that the folder is hidden and they are used to create during the installation phase and continuing for only a limited period of time.
What is $WinREAgent folder in Windows 10
$WinREAgent folder is usually created during an upgrade or update and it is made use of in case a rollback is required.
It is created by the Windows Recovery Environment that works as a solution when the system fails to start. WinRE can repair the common issues that prevent the Windows operating system from booting successfully. Once its use is over, most of its content gets deleted.
It is a hidden folder and to see it, you have to make Windows show hidden files and folders.
If you see the folder now on a healthy system, you will see that it may contain another empty sub-folder named Scratch.
You will not find more details in the $WinREAgent folder except the size that shows only 0 bytes.
If you do decide to delete it, you can go ahead and delete it.
If you are facing issues while updating your system, then deleting the WinREAgent folder could be one of the solutions that can help you install the updates.
Some users have noticed that the $WinREAgent folder gets removed after they uninstalled the Windows 10 Update Assistant.
Unfortunately, there is no mention of this folder anywhere on the Microsoft websites – so if you do know anything more about it, please do add your comments below for the benefit of all.
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$SysReset folder | $Windows.~BT & $Windows.~WS folders | WinSxS folder | SoftwareDistribution folder | Catroot & Catroot2 folders | REMPL folder | ProgramData folder | Windows.old folder | System32 and SysWOW64 folders.