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#1 nighthawk2

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 07:32 AM

in my windows folder I have hundreds of files starting with $. what are these files and can I get rid of them? what is the best method, because they are dimly lit, not like the rest of the files in the folder. thanks!

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:35 AM

Dimly lit files are hidden - usually for a reason. What are the exact names of some of them? Usually if they start with $NT they're system files related to the installation of service packs, hotfixes, and updates.
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:03 AM

John, thanks for the comeback. Just a sample of the folder names. They are folders containing files: $NTUninstallKB834707$, $NTUninstallKB867282$, $NTUninstallKB87333$, $hf_mig$, $MSI31Uninstall_KB893803$. I just wonder why there are so Bleeping many of them and if they are necessary. Many of the files have a .dll extension. Russ

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:10 AM

I seem to recall (but am not sure) that they're not necessary unless you want to uninstall them at a later date.

Some info here: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_hotfix_backup.htm
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:13 AM

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