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    Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Hello, I've been trying to clean up mu hard drive and came accross about 40 folder that are named something like: $NtUninstallKB842773$ and they all contain a subfolder with the name: spuninst which again hold all kinds of files i.e. .exe, .inf, .txt, .cnv, .dll etc. I have no clue what these folders are for and how I got them, wondering if they were there when I first got my laptop. Could anyone tell me what they are for and if I DO need them? Thank you, Tira

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    These folders are created when you install patches/fixes from windows update and are there in case you decide to uninstall the patch. If you do not plan to uninstall the patches then you can delete these folders.

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Tira,
    Those files are the Windows Update patches that were installed through the Windows Update sessions. You can selectivly UN install the patches by running the uninstall exe file in the spininst folder.
    If you feel that the updates are working OK and don't have the need to UN-install them, you can delete them from your drive. I usually let them be for a while after the update, them dump them just to clean up the clutter. Some people will say leave them alone, but it's your call as to what to do with them.
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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Thank you both for your help. I will delete them as I can save a lot of space (and since it's been a while since I updated and everythings works I hope I'll be ok deleting them). I would think that this goes also for the folder $NtServicePackUninstall$, right?? That folder only has several zip files and uses over 200 MB. Thanks again, Tira

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Sure,
    That file folder is for the update that had a cumulative group of patches all in one download. If you open the folder you should see a group of KB numbers in it.
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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Thanks, Bob, so I'm guessing that even if they are .exe files it's ok to delete them? i.e. wordpad.exe, iexplore.exe, dialer.exe etc. Sorry but I'm just trying to be sure that I'm not deleting necessary files. Thanks, Tira

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    I keep all of them on MY machines until I start running out of room. I have needed to remove them from only 2 machines and they (the machines) have since been replaced.

    How large is your drive and how much empty space to you have?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Yep, If you have doubts about deleting files, you could always try to rename them first to see what if any effect they have. ( if it will LET you rename them )

    I usually rename a file with a # sign before the old name, so it's easy to spot files that are potential deletions. ie: rename spacetaker.txt to #spacetaker.txt, try it for a while, no effect then delete it.
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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    I still have enough space, over 1 GB on the c: drive and almost 25 GB on the d: drive. All I really wanted to do is a "clean- up" and came accross all these files. So, it's really not a problem to keep them, just wanted to find out if these are the ACTUAL .exe files I need to run the different programs or if these are the ones that were downloaded with the update and would NOT affect the original .exes. Thanks, Tira

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Tira,

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    if these are the ACTUAL .exe files
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    Not if they are in a folder with a $ at the beginning and end of the folder name.
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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Thanks so much for all the info and help. Computers are SOO confusing:-P Tira

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Hi Tira

    Just to add to the confusion, there is another folder beginning with a $ that should not be deleted. $hf_mig$ is used to ensure that a file that has been updated by a hotfix is not overwritten by an older version by a hotfix installed later on.
    More details of this folder are available in Description of the contents of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003 software update packages

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Hmm, what if I have already deleted that folder?????? Am I in trouble now?

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    Hi Tira

    I have tried searching but can not find an answer.

    My understanding of how the system works is that for day to day use the $hf_mig$ directory is not used and is only accessed when a new hotfix is installed. The directory would then be updated to add the new files and a check would be made to see if a more up to date version of any of the files being installed already exists in that directory. If a newer file does exist then it would use that version when installing the hotfix.

    I am only guessing here but I think that if the $hf_mig$ directory was not there it would probably create it and as it would not be able to find a newer version of any files being installed by the update it would install the files that came with the hotfix. One possible problem is that a newer version of a file may get overwritten by an older version.

    You may want to post something in one of the Microsoft public newsgroups, for example microsoft.public.windowsxp.general as you will probably get a definitive answer from either a Microsoft employee who specializes in that area or one of the Microsoft Windows MVPs.

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    Re: Windows Explorer (WinXP)

    I found this answer here.....

    The $hf_mig$ folder will be re-created when your friend next installs a security update/critical patch/update rollup, but will only contain folders for those patches that were installed after he deleted the folder. If he wants the folders from the previous patches to be placed in the $hf_mig$ folder, he would have to re-install the updates for which the folders were deleted.

    It seems that this folder is an index for all your installed updates and that deleting it simply eliminates your option to remove those updates. If you don't want to remove the updates deleting it should not cause any problems. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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