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#1 gentisle

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 12:00 AM

Hi,

After installing Windows XP Pro on my new cpu, and the installing some updates and other software, I notice a lot of new directories on my E: partition. Windows is on C:, the programs that give me a choice of where to install, I install on D:, but I haven't used E: or given Windows permission that I know of. Anyway, the directories are named like this:

4ed54e9de9875aed8d7d6fed6x and so on. They look like checksum numbers, or md5sum numbers. Some of them have files in them and an update.exe.

If my tmp and temp variables were not set to E:\, why would Windows use that partition? Can I delete all of these folders and files? Thanks.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:39 AM

i have these files in C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\2eef1638babab138d28fb79f2ed0bcc0\update
right click(update.exe) ---> properties
tells me the file is from microsoft and has to do with a service pack
why windows is using drive "e" i don't know
i would say you have to modify a registry key to fix
will look further

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 11:18 AM

can't find the answer to change save directory
as far as delete goes, the files contain uninstall info in case you have a problem with an update
some people say you should save them to CD before delete
personally i think if you are not having a problem you can delete them or save the latest, say a month old and delete the rest

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 12:03 PM

Thanks caperdog. That helps. I figured they were from a service pack. Then I found a reference saying they were from the .NET updates. I think I'll do a backup, delete them and see what happens. I have other uses for drive E:. Thanks again.

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