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what are ".CAB" files ?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by honestron, Apr 5, 2004.

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  1. honestron

    honestron Thread Starter

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    i was just wondering,.....as i have a really small hard drive and im low on space,........ i am trying to rid as many useless and uneccesssary files as possible,........

    i have been deleting all my winzips that have accumulated, but have one particularly large file in the form of .cab which is the i386,
    i already have the i386 folder opened and seem to have this i386.cab as a compressed version.

    so any thought if i can chuck it ?.......
     
  2. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

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    I would personally keep that one. Most .CAB files are for the system if you ever needed to reinstall a system file.
     
  3. jerryk2002

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    I recommend that you never touch ".CAB" files at all. All of them are for system files. If you do you will end up non-function PC in your hand!

    Good luck!
    JK
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Ah, there are many .cab files that will and can get downloaded when you download software, once you uninstall the software, or burn the .cab files, etc. to a cdrom, there is no sense in keeping them on your hard drive eating up space ;)
     
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    I concur with AcaCandy about burning the .CAB files to CD-ROM... If you can you should consider backing them up because some programs may need to look in those .CAB files for some files it needs.
     
  6. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

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    What Candy said!

    And: windows will usually copy .cab files to the HDD as part of the installation process. While these are handy to have on the HDD, they are not completely necessary, as long as you have the original installation CD.

    As jerryk2002 said, if Windows needs to reinstall a missing or corrupt system file it will do so through those .cab files. If it does not see the files it will prompt you to insert your Windows CD.
     
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