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multiple copies (163!) of spuninst.exe

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mac the fork, Feb 13, 2007.

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  1. mac the fork

    mac the fork Thread Starter

    Feb 13, 2007
    hi guys; many a time i've found sound advice here from 'googling' a problem. But this time i cannot find anything relating to this;

    running a search for *.exe (trying to track an elusive file) among the 1611 files found were 163 all called spuninst.exe inside C:\WINDOWS there were several setup.exe too (16) whereas my friend only has one of each. My system was bought in feb this year (2007) My system details are included in my profile(?)

    If anyone can suggest why it should write so many copies (each stored in a uniquely numbered folder) at different dates, I would be most grateful.

    Or if someone can tell me if it is safe to delete excess copies of file. (though this will not explain the WHY, and it may just continue to write copies ad nauseaum)

  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2000
    It would appear that you keep your PC updated with MS updates while your friend doesn't.

    The program lives in each folder that contains an MS update and is the uninstaller for that update.
  3. Frank4d

    Frank4d Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
    There is a folder C:\Windows\$NtUninstallKB888113$ (example) for each MS update that has been installed on your PC, and there is a setup.exe and spuninst.exe in each.

    You can safely delete all of them (including the folders containing them) if you do not intend to uninstall the MS updates at a later date.
  4. mac the fork

    mac the fork Thread Starter

    Feb 13, 2007
    Thanks for that, -and so quick!

    If I decided to re-install windows, will i need to uninstall each update manually, save them, and then re-install them?

    And if I reformatted and re-installed windows from disc? (or would the microsoft internet update feature simply detect i do not have said updates and re-install them?

    While I appreciate the security aspects of having updates do these affect the whole windows environment or just Internet Explorer? (Bit of a dumb question; I suppose i mean If I dont use I.E. will Windows still be at risk if i don't install updates? )
    I rarely even use Internet Explorer -only for checking hotmail, as MSN messenger automatically opens an I.E. page for it -and Hotmail doesn't work as well on non-windows browsers..

    Many thanks, guys. Sorted
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