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14-Aug-2012, 11:20 AM #1
Folders in my Windows folder
I'm running WinXP Pro SP3 with all the updates.

When I look in my C:\Windows folder there is a folder titled $hf_mig$ which holds KBxxxxxx update folders and takes up
1.4G of space. There are also 508 folders titled $NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$ that take up 1.8G of space.

Do I need these, particularly the Uninstall ones, or can I just delete them?

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14-Aug-2012, 12:12 PM #2
Yes you can. They are there in case you wanted to back out any MS Updates

You will also find loads of .log files in the C:\Windows folder and you can delete those as well. A couple will tell you they cannot be deleted.
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14-Aug-2012, 12:51 PM #3
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14-Aug-2012, 11:33 PM #4
I've heard from others not to delete the $hf_mig$ folder.

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15-Aug-2012, 01:11 AM #5
Well I do.
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15-Aug-2012, 04:10 PM #6
One should *never* delete the $hf_mig$ subfolders in XP as the files contained therein are needed in order to check the branch of files that may/will be updated by future, subsequent updates.

Is this not right?

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16-Aug-2012, 02:42 AM #7
Well I do and I've never had any problems with updates.
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16-Aug-2012, 11:20 AM #8
Hello wa0goz

You may want to read the information on Windows Answers:-

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...f-baee887f3d9b

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16-Aug-2012, 11:59 AM #9
wa0goz,
Are you hurting that much for disk space that you can not live with just over 3 GB of these?
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17-Aug-2012, 09:26 AM #10
You might want to read SilverSurfs answer. Go to:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...f-baee887f3d9b

Right from Microsoft.

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17-Aug-2012, 10:04 AM #11
I have to weigh in on this.
The folders in the $hf_mig$ folder are copies of installed updates.
The files they contain have already been copied to the appropriate locations in the OS so they aren't technically needed.
However, according to MS, if it's deleted you "could" run into problems with future updates due to the versioning info contained in the update folders.
Read the 4th paragraph under More Information in this article. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=824994

I personally keep them (One of the few times I actually take MS's advice ), but if you are desperate for space, the odds are good that you will never miss them as MS would have to really mess up sending out updates for them to be needed.
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