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13-Jan-2012, 06:13 AM #1
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Hello, I am running XP, Internet Explorer 8. Security Patch 3. My question is simply can I delete previous updates,hotfixes etc. as long as I have the most current ones installed ? They are taking up quite a lot of space.


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13-Jan-2012, 09:14 AM #2
Yes you can just delete them. If you ever want to uninstall any of the updates you deleted you will be out of luck.
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13-Jan-2012, 09:29 AM #3
Yes, you can delete all the blue highlighted "$ntuninstall$" folders from inside the main C:\WINDOWS folder.

You can also delete the "log" files that have the same 6 or 7 digit number.

Do NOT delete the $hf_mig$ folder!


If you want to reclaim more hard drive space, do the following:

Right-click Recycle Bin, then click Properties, then move the slider from 10% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

Right-click My Computer, then click Properties - System Restore, then move the slider from 12% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

Go to Start - Run, then type in %temp%, then click OK, then delete everything from inside that temp folder.

Empty the Recycle Bin, then restart the computer.

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