XP Uninstall Folders

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I know this subject MUST be somewhere on this forum, but I can't find it. My OS is XP-SP2. It's configured for automatic updating. Apparently, each time there's an update, it stores uninstall information for that update in a separate folder. I've accumulated 49 of them, and they're a nuisance when using Explore, doing virus scans, etc., in addition to taking up drive space. However, they aren't directly deletable, which I suppose is why the names display in a blue font.

I assume these folders are created for the sole purpose of uninstalling updates if they cause problems. I haven't had problems with ANY update, so have no need to uninstall any of them. I can see keeping the last couple, but how do I get rid of the rest of them? What are the consequences if I do get rid of all but the last couple? Are the most recent ones the last folders at the bottom. FYI, all but two have the name "$NtUninstallKB828741$" thru "$NtUninstallKB910437$". The bottom two are "$NtUninstallQ819696$ and "NtUninstallQ828026$".

Thanks for the help.
 
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I believe they are blue because they are compressed to save space on your computer. I always delete mine on my work labtop since it only has 6GB of storage. I usually just right click them and delete them. :confused:

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JohnWill said:
I have 48 of them, and they only consume 249mb. I searched on the $hf_mig$ folder, which is 141mb, and I see several posts around that advice against removing it. CHeck out http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=328848
John: I did check out the KB article, and couldn't find anything in it about deleting the uninstall folders; it talks only about dual-mode install files. Where did you see a thread advising that they should not be deleted?
 

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Anton Wan said:
I believe they are blue because they are compressed to save space on your computer. I always delete mine on my work labtop since it only has 6GB of storage. I usually just right click them and delete them.
Anton: Deleting is disallowed on my machine. All the uninstall folders are marked "Read-Only" and the system won't let me remove the read-only property.
 
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