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The blue uninstall directories in my Windows folder


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#1 john Schultz

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:07 PM

After I installed the updates for Windows XP, I noticed in the Windows directory all the new uninstall folders in blue. There are 116 folders and are 213mb. My question is, can I delete these folders or will it have an effect on my computer?

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:24 PM

Let them be, they were put there for a reason. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:42 PM

Hello John,

The following link provides a good description of those "uninstall" folders. Basically, they contain the files/information necessary to uninstall a Microsoft update if you should encounter problems with that update.

If you choose to delete one or more of them, it is a 2-step process -- first, delete the folder, and second, delete the entry in "Add/Remove Programs":

"What are the $NTUninstall folders? Can they be deleted?":

http://windowsxp.mvps.org/Hotfix_backup.htm


Note that if you do delete one of these folders, you will not be able to uninstall the corresponding Microsoft update.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 11:10 AM

Thank you M... for the link. That is exactly what I wanted to know. Although, the other day, I went to uninstall Norton Anti-Virus from System Works 2003 and uninstaled the whole thing by mistake. I also uninstalled Norton WMI. After I rebooted I was unable to connect to the internet. I called AT&T and figured out that from uninstalling what I did a file must have been deleted tht I needed. So I ended up doing a install of XP over the original. When I got to the install screen I hit R for repair and it reinstalled XP over what I had. By doing that most of the hotfixes and updates I installed were gone, or atleast not showing up in Add-Remove programs. So I figured I had sp3 on my D: drive and went ahead and installed that. That got rid of most of the directories I was asking about. So now i'm all up to date and all is good.

Thank you for you info M... Had I have needed it, the link you sent me would have answered my question perfectly...

Have a good holiday..

John Schultz




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