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#1 DaChew

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:07 PM

It's been way over a year since I applied the admin install of SP3and I think it's time to remove my

$NtServicePackUninstall$ folder 451 MB

and

ServicePackFiles folder 564 MB

the latter I might be able to just delete?

same for the uninstall folder?

I have my slipstreamed cd for any repair if needed and I sure as heck am not going to uninstall sp3

I only gave this partition 15 gigs of the 35 when I set up my old raptor hard drive, I have crashed the 20 gig partition once from letting it fill up too much and fragment
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:15 PM

I would say so...those files are not needed if you have them on CD :thumbsup:.

I leave mine on my systems only because I have so much hard drive space that it doesn't merit deletion, IMO (can we say lazy?).

The SPF folder is potentially useful for situations where a file might be needed to replace a system file and users prefer to go through the copy/expand thing, rather than run either sfc /scannow or do a repair install.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:52 PM

Back before sp1 days my windows folder was about a gig? If I remember right?

Now

4.46 GB and I have cleaned out a bunch over the years
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:52 PM

$NtServicePackUninstall$ is for uninstalling service pack. You got no desire to do so.

ServicePackFiles is for files updated by latest SP you installed. If your file gets corrupted it would be replaced from here. If Windows does not find it here, it would ask you to insert something like "Windows XP Professional with SP3" disk. You have a slipstreamed CD with SP3!

In the case you should go ahead, delete the folders.

When you delete $NtServicePackUninstall$, folder would be deleted but you need to delete the registry key as well (so uninstall options are not displayed in Add/Remove Control Panel). In Registry editor delete the following key (it may be slightly different) :
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows XP Service Pack 3


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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:55 PM

Back before sp1 days my windows folder was about a gig? If I remember right?

Now

4.46 GB and I have cleaned out a bunch over the years


The Windows size is on increase. For Win98 was less than 300MB, Vista crosses 1 GB barrier and I dont even know about Windows 7.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:19 PM

I will kill the entry in add/remove programs

According to the dates I must have done all this(upgrade and slipstream) back when SP3 was released at the end of April 08
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Posted 15 August 2009 - 08:11 AM

Even after removing those 2 files and defragging I was left with a windows folder of 3.5 Gigs and a patchwork quilt and a huge achilles heel(badly corrupted IE6).

But I soon found a way to fix all that bloat, windows corruption and damage done by too many power outages, bad shutdowns, etc.

It's the ultimate registry cleaner and windows optimazation tool.

Format C

My original install was almost 3 years old, but I knew when SP 3 was released in the spring of 08 I was better off to slipstream it into my install disk instead of applying it to an already bloated and corrupted OS.

Windows folder is now 1.38 Gigs :thumbsup:

Edited by DaChew, 15 August 2009 - 08:12 AM.

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