The Impact of Cache Cleaning: System32 Files and DaVinci Resolve Reinstallation


“Is it possible that a clean installation of an application will restore any associated System32 files that were previously deleted? After relocating my DaVinci Resolve media cache to a new drive and clearing the old cache folder, which may have included important System32 files, I encountered an issue. My operating system and DaVinci Resolve were functioning correctly until an update attempt indicated that a 64-bit Windows version is required, despite my system already running on a 64-bit version. If I were to perform a complete uninstallation of DaVinci Resolve and then execute a fresh installation, would it recover any essential System32 files that I might have removed? Moreover, is there a risk that my system’s architecture has been altered from 64-bit to 32-bit due to file deletion, even though my system specifications still indicate a 64-bit operating system?”


System32 is a critical directory in Windows operating systems containing system files and drivers necessary for the proper functioning of the system and installed applications. If you’ve inadvertently deleted files from this directory, it can lead to unexpected behavior or errors when running applications that depend on those files.

A clean installation of an application like DaVinci Resolve typically involves the application’s installer placing new copies of its required files, including any that reside in the System32 directory, back onto the system. However, this does not mean that all missing System32 files will be restored. The reinstallation will only replace the files that are directly associated with DaVinci Resolve. If other system files were removed, they would not be replaced by reinstalling a single application.

Impact on System Architecture

The architecture of a system, whether it’s 32-bit or 64-bit, is determined by the processor and the version of the operating system installed. Deleting files from the System32 folder does not change the architecture of the operating system. If your system was running a 64-bit version of Windows, it would continue to do so unless you manually install a 32-bit version of the OS.

If you’re encountering an error stating that a 64-bit Windows version is required, despite having a 64-bit OS, it’s likely due to a different issue. It could be a problem with the update process, a corrupted file, or a misconfiguration that’s causing the installer to misidentify the system’s architecture.

Steps to Resolve the Issue


System Restore

: Before proceeding with a clean install, check if you have a system restore point set before the deletion of the files. Restoring to an earlier point can bring back the deleted System32 files without affecting your personal files.


Windows Update

: Ensure that your Windows is up to date, as some updates may include fixes for the recognition of system architecture.


Reinstall DaVinci Resolve

: If the above steps don’t resolve the issue, you can attempt a clean installation of DaVinci Resolve. This should replace any application-specific files in the System32 directory that were deleted.


Windows Repair

: If problems persist, consider using the Windows repair option to fix system files without affecting your data or installed applications.


Consult Support

: If you’re still facing issues, it might be best to consult with DaVinci Resolve support or a professional technician who can provide tailored assistance.

In conclusion, while a clean installation of an application can restore its specific System32 files, it will not affect the system’s architecture or restore all system files. If you’re experiencing issues with system architecture recognition, it’s likely due to other factors that need to be investigated. Always ensure to back up important data before making significant changes to your system.

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