what would happen if... (Windows)


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I've had this question for a long time but I wasn't sure if there would be a certain answer to it, so here it is;

What would happen if System32 was deleted on Windows 7/10?
Or more like, is it possible to delete system32 at all?

I've heard many stories like;
You PC will boot to a Black screen (only recoverable from installation media)
The critical files will be restored/downloaded on boot-up due to the inbuilt windows checking service

But then there are rules which apply to windows which skew my trust in the statements. For example, programs can't be deleted while running, and the same would apply to the files. Also, wouldn't the files at least be protected by a higher inaccessible account.

any info would be helpful. I'm just interested in finding out the answer :)


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Oh man, deleting System32 would delete all the important files Windows has to use to work, deleting System32 permanently damages your OS, the only way to fix it, it to re-install Windows! It's not just Win 7/10, but on Windows 95-10!
It is possible to delete, but you'd have to do it with Command Prompt.

if you're daring and wanna do it (hell yeah!) then this is how, with all that about destroying your OS, this is how:

1. Press the Windows Key and R at the same time
2. In the box that opens, type "cmd" and click "OK"
3. In cmd (for Windows XP-10) type "del. c:\windows\system32"
4. It will say (Are you sure? Press "Y" for yes and "N" for no) twice
5. Press "Y" twice and then wait..
6. Congratulations! You're OS just bit the dust!

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