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#1 don_s

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 05:22 PM

Hi folks,

I have a few questions about C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution.old. The folder is 456MB.

What is this, and can it be deleted? I think it has something to do with Microsoft updates.

I should clarify something: I have TWO Software Distribution folders. A few months ago, after the folks at the HiJackThis forum helped me clear up a malware infection, I started having some problems with some Windows functions. A Microsoft techie solved the problem, but in order to do so he had to create two "Software Distribution" folders. He named the one that already existed "Software Distribution.old" (this is the 456 MB folder), and created a new one: "C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution".

After he created the ".old" folder, the problems I was having cleared up... so his solution seemed to work. So can I now delete the ".old" folder?

Thanks a million,
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Posted 18 August 2008 - 05:41 PM

Most likely you can delete it without any issues. But I'd recommend moving it to another location for a week or two to see if you need it. Then, if you still don't need it, delete to the Recycle Bin - where it'll remain until it's forced out (thereby providing a measure of extra protection).
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Posted 18 August 2008 - 08:05 PM

Thanks a million John. I'll give both your suggestions a try.
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