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Can I delete old update files ?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ladyverne, Jan 13, 2012.

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  1. ladyverne

    ladyverne Thread Starter

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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.

    Thanks,

    ladyverne
     
  2. Rockn

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    Yes you can just delete them. If you ever want to uninstall any of the updates you deleted you will be out of luck.
     
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    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!

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    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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