How To Delete Inetpub Folder In Windows 10?

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Issue: How To Delete Inetpub Folder In Windows 10?

Hi, I have recently noticed Inetpub folder on my computer. Even though I know that this folder is related to Internet Information Services and used when hosting web pages on the PC. Although, I have never used IIS and would like to delete Inetpub folder. Is it safe to do so?

Solved Answer

Inetpub is a folder which consists of five subfolders and is categorized as a default folder for Microsoft Internet Information Information Services (IIS)[1]. You can locate Inetpub folder in the C drive that is also known as C:\\inetpub. Note that all web apps and content will be stored in this folder. 

Inetpub folder works in a pretty simple manner. First, it includes five different subfolders which appear as the following:

  1. adminscripts;
  2. iisamples;
  3. mailroot;
  4. scripts;
  5. wwwroot.

The \\inetpub\\adminscripts subfolder stores administration scripts which allow administrating the website hosted from Inetpub folder remotely. The second subfolder named as \\inetpub\\iissamples holds samples which are used for developers to learn how web apps and websites work.

Furthermore, you can find \\inetpub\\mailroot subfolder and similar ones in the Inetpub folder. All of them are used to manage Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)[2] server for mail. Finally, the \\inetpub\\scripts subfolder contains apps which improve the functionality of the website while \\inetpub\\wwwroot subfolder stores all website content.

Note that if you are not using Inetpub folder or IIS, you might need to delete Inetpub as it makes Windows computers vulnerable. In some rare cases, you might encounter the following problems:

  • Microsoft index server buffer overflow;
  • HTTP protocol stack vulnerability;
  • File fragment disclosure.
  • Etc.

Likewise, regular computer users can easily delete Inetpub folder in Windows 10 operating systems. Those who are not aware of how to do that might check the instructions presented below. The guidelines will explain how to delete Inetpub folder in Windows 10 in detail. 

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Eliminate Inetpub folder via Control Panel:

  1. Press Windows key and enter Control Panel;
  2. Open Control Panel and click on Programs;
  3. Hit Programs and Features button;
  4. Find Internet Information Services box and opt it out;
  5. Click OK.

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