One of the reason why your computer seems to get slower after a while, unlike the feeling when you first got the computer or after installing Windows is due to thousands of temporary files and folders created by Windows and third party software but are not automatically removed even if they are redundant. This is when third party optimization and cleaning tool such as CCleaner comes into play by helping you to remove unused and temporary files. As popular as CCleaner is, you may have noticed that it does not come with a feature to delete empty folders. Although empty folders does not seem to take any or much hard drive space at all, it does not make any sense to have them around.
The truth is some empty folders are important to certain software because they are being used to store temporary data when required and purposely left the empty folder intact so that they can be reused again without recreating the folder. The ability for cleaning software to determine which empty folders are safe to remove is nearly impossible which is why we do not recommend you to blindly delete all empty folder using the rd command in command prompt or just any software that claims to delete empty directories. If you really want to keep Windows really clean even to the extend of not having empty folders, then do give Remove Empty Directories a try as it is highly recommended by CCleaner’s users. Remove Empty Directories is a free program that is able to scan your hard drive for empty folders including folders with files that are 0 bytes in size. All you need to do is run the program, choose the directory that you want to scan and click the Scan folders button to start scanning. If you find any empty folders listed in the program that you don’t want to delete, right click on it and either select Protect once or simply add it to the ignore list so that it won’t show up in the results the next time you run a scan.
What makes Remove Empty Directories special is some of the safely options built in to the program such as moving the empty folders to Recycle Bin rather than permanently deleting. This delete mode is selected by default and should be used at all times so you can easily restore the deleted folders back if some program fails to work without the empty folders. Other than that, system directories are skipped by default to prevent any possible problems that may occur. At the Settings tab you can find explorer integration options, list of ignored files and skipped directories, and etc.
According to our experience and results during testing, we believe that the best way to use this program is by stages, not just scanning the root of C: drive and then deleting every folder that is listed in the program. What you can do is start off by scanning less risky path such as your Desktop folder and slowly moving up a directory from there. By doing this you will slowly and easily discover the important folders that should be added to the skip list.
Remove Empty Directories works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Do take note that there is a portable version available and you’ll need to run it as administrator to delete the restrictive folders if UAC is enabled.