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what are /i386/ files ?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by honestron, Oct 17, 2003.

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  1. honestron

    honestron Thread Starter

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    just wondering what they are and why do i need them?....is it safe to delete it do ya think ?...

    C/windows/i386. it seems that they are duplicate to whats in program files ?.....

    thanks Ron
     
  2. boyoh53

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    For what it's worth I seen a post on a site and it said it was safe to remove that and "Lang" that is with it. I removed to recycle bin
    for a couple of days and just deleted them to-day and I'm still living.;-) They take about 250 mg so it is worthwhile to get shot of them.
    It can't do much harm to try them in recycle bin for a few days, you can always restore them.
     
  3. dvk01

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    No they are not safe to delete

    they are the backup windows system files, that windows looks for to use when any file in the windows directory get damaged or deleted,

    If they are not there then in any problem you are forced to reinstall windows completely
     
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    I found the fore-mentioned reply to the question;

    Since the topic is throwing away junk in XP. Just thought I would mention that after you install SP1. There is a folder [ServicePackFiles] with two sub folders. [i386] and [lang] these folders have about 280mg of files which you can delete

    Seeing as I have deleted all those what difference should I notice in my computer, seems to be going OK. :rolleyes:

    I have SP1 installed.
     
  5. boyoh53

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    Hi, I think all my duplicates are in these folders, the ones you speak off. ;)
     

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    well,...i thought i read somewhere that you could delete them, but i did a search in windows help and it turns out that they are some associate of your backup system.

    another thing happened a short while ago too.....i used a bloody junk file utility clean up and it deleted my drwatson file,...eek.

    cest la vie...... mite look for that on the net to download?

    by the way,.let me know if your system goes,.meanwhile i will hold onto my i386.

    to be sure to be sure.
     
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    that's the install files Windows uses to install itself. You only need those files if you're installing Windows or adding/removing system features.
     
  8. boyoh53

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    honestron said


    So far so good, just done a system restore to get clear of a trial
    installation and all went well. (y)
     
  9. Miz

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    The I386 folder in XP is basically the same as the Windows\Options\Cabs folder in Win9x. Both contain the files that are copied to the drive during the Windows install. When adding Windows components, you can point it to those folders instead of the Windows installation CD, for example.

    They are not needed for Windows to function but they sure are handy for extracting files, installing Windows components and a few other tasks that ask for the Windows installation CD, since you won't have to go find the CD, wait for the CD drive to spin up, etc. ;)
     
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    Hi Miz it's only the [ServicePackFiles] i386 and lang. files that are
    deleted, as you will see from the attachment I have all the deleted files. It didn't matter about the "lang" files, I checked
    through them and I certainly won't be needing any of those.
    I also checked the two folders in question and am happy and satisfied I have done the correct thing. I do have a second copy of all the i386 files I deleted, if you look in attachment and see
    the top i386 Windows folder, it has all the files I have already deleted in the [ServicePackFiles].;)

    honestron, it's only the [ServicePackFiles] that are deleted

    Edit; if you have the [ServicePackFiles] then you have two copies of i386 files.
     
  11. dvk01

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    Boyoh

    you do not have 2 copies, what you have is the original i386 files ithat were installed when you installed windoze

    and in the service pack files you have an update i386 set that has the updated versions that SP1 updated.

    Not all files were updated with SP1 so when you look for a file to restore the computer checks service pack files version of i386 first and if it wasn't updated then it looks in original i386.

    Or anyway that's the theory, sometimes you have to help it and point it in the right direction.

    Without these files on the computer, you need, both the SP1 cd and original windows Cd to replace or restore any damaged file
     
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    Hi dvk01, I am not skilled enough to get into debate on computers but on searching through my i386 folder which contains system32 I think I would be very unfortunate to get stuck in a hole. I also have SP1 cd.

    If I did delete required files and got stuck, this time it would be doing me a favour as I have many times comtemplated doing a re-install and starting over again.

    Can I take it then I will not notice a difference untill I required a possibly deleted file. :)
     
  13. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    That is correct

    you won't notice until you need to replace a file and if as you say you are thinking of a reinstall, then .......

    If you have the SP1 cd it's not so bad , but it's a bugger to download SP1 on a 33k dial up as a lot of people had to do
     
  14. boyoh53

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    Thank-you. ;)
     
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    I have a problem here...
    It need repairing to solve it...
    My Laptop cannot log in to Windows... can anyone help me...
    It said that System\Drive\Fastfat.sys is corrupted or missing...
    what should I do....
    Need a quick Reply....
     
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