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SP2 driver cache in Windows i386 folder Question?.


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:14 AM

While doing something else I noticed that in my Windows driver cache i386 folder there were entries for both SP2 cab and SP3 cab. My OS was originally Windows Home Edition XP SP2 but has been updated to SP3 for a good while now. My question is, won't these files conflict and is it ok to delete the SP2 one?.
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Posted 31 July 2009 - 12:38 PM

No, those files won't conflict as they are not running in memory. Any i386 folder contains backups of your operating system files. This is one of the folders System File Checker goes to on your XP installtion CD and the folder has been copied over to the hard drive of many PCs, which comes in handy if you lose your CD. You can also manually copy files over to the proper location to make repairs.

I suppose it would be safe to delete any files in there--and the Service Packs can be replaced for now at Windows updates--but I wouldn't recommend it unless you really, really need the disk space. I would treat the i386 folder like any other backup--keep it as long as it is possible that you might need it.

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