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    Hi,

    Fred Langa wrote an article entitled Preparing Windows XP for the long haul. He said that the $NtUninstall files serve no purpose and should be deleted. When I did a search on my computer for $NtUninstall, I got a long list of entries. However, when I searched my C: drive (Windows), I found only $NtUninstallKB975025$. When I double clicked it, there were two files of which I could make no sense. lf I delete NtUninstallKB975025$, will I also be deleting that long list of similar entries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon1130 View Post
    Hi,

    Fred Langa wrote an article entitled Preparing Windows XP for the long haul. He said that the $NtUninstall files serve no purpose and should be deleted. When I did a search on my computer for $NtUninstall, I got a long list of entries. However, when I searched my C: drive (Windows), I found only $NtUninstallKB975025$. When I double clicked it, there were two files of which I could make no sense. lf I delete NtUninstallKB975025$, will I also be deleting that long list of similar entries?

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    Where were the rest of the entries found? You should be able to choose and delete right from the search results box.

    To answer, the entry found in C is only one update, KB975025
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    Quote Originally Posted by moon1130 View Post
    Fred Langa wrote an article entitled Preparing Windows XP for the long haul. He said that the $NtUninstall files serve no purpose and should be deleted. When I did a search on my computer for $NtUninstall, I got a long list of entries. However, when I searched my C: drive (Windows), I found only $NtUninstallKB975025$. When I double clicked it, there were two files of which I could make no sense. lf I delete NtUninstallKB975025$, will I also be deleting that long list of similar entries?
    To view all the folders, in Windows Explorer go to Tools | Folder Options | View. Then select "Show Hidden Files and Folders". There should be a folder for each hotfix that has been installed. The contents of these folders may be used to uninstall a particular patch. As long as your system is stable you can safely delete the folders. When you apply monthly Microsoft patches you'll see the folders appearing again.

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    Thanks Ted and JoeP for your help.

    I tried to delete the entries from the search results page, but I got the message that it could not be done because the items could not be found; the search results showed that they were on C: drive but nothing more. So I followed Joe's instructions and was able to delete all 27 entries from the Windows folder on my C: drive. (I did not see these files the first time I looked because they were hidden.)

    You all have a real good one...and many thanks again.

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    Further down in the Windows folder, you will also find a KB??????.log file for each of those folders you deleted. Those log files can and should be deleted too.

    Keeping a CLEAN hard drive isn't Rocket Science, but does require some time and effort.
    Doing a cleanup like described in this thread, should be done before you make a C: drive backup, to lessen the size of the backup.
    By doing a massive cleanup before doing my own backups, I knock off about 4 gig's of junk that never winds up in my backup files.

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    I agree. I never create an Image until cleaning up as many of the temp and junk files as I can find, both with an enhanced cleanup .bat file and CCleaner (Never had a single problem with CCleaner). After getting all gone (including all temp internet stuiff and prefetch) I defrag with Auslogics, then use Acronis to Image. My Images have saved me hungreds of hours of work restoring my disk after I screwed something up.
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