In my root menu i have 2 directories and they are . and .. what are these Tags: Windows 7 Last response: December 19, 2012 3:11 AM in Windows 7 Share kevinb40 December 19, 2012 12:28:39 AM in my directory i have 2 directories that are listed like this. the date the time <dir> . the date the time <dir> .. What are these files and how do i get rid of them? More about : root menu directories rtlarson3 December 19, 2012 12:38:12 AM first you need to upgrade from DOS.. m 0 l babernet_1 December 19, 2012 12:44:07 AM "." represents the actual directory name. ".." represents the next higher directory name. They are just shortcuts. DO NOT REMOVE THEM. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Dupontrocks11 December 19, 2012 12:45:06 AM Well what do they have in them. Unless they are taking up massive amounts of space, I see no reason to remove them. If you didn't create them, something else did, and that something else might need them. m 0 l Dupontrocks11 December 19, 2012 1:00:39 AM Quote:Maybe if you had a Mac then your stupid bug will go away. Please don't start. Please contribute to the community before sharing your (stupid) opinions. thank you. m 0 l w1zz4 December 19, 2012 1:01:10 AM kevinb40 said:in my directory i have 2 directories that are listed like this. the date the time <dir> . the date the time <dir> .. What are these files and how do i get rid of them? It's probably a Linux computer ???? . is a link to current directory, .. is a link to parent directory. Deleting . will delete the current directory (the one you are in) Deleting .. will delete the parent directory of the current directory... Not recommended m 0 l mbreslin1954 a b $ Windows 7 December 19, 2012 3:11:25 AM The practice of using "." to represent the current directory, and ".." to represent the parent directory, originate in Unix, and were carried over to DOS and Linux. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Read discussions in other Windows 7 categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Laptops !