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$ntuninstallkb files, I have a question


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#1 Jerry42

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:14 PM

I am running Win XP SP3. There are about 50-60 uninstall files at the very top of the Windows folder in Win explorer.
I understand these are the uninstall files for updates or hot fixes.
What is the meaning of the files ending in $ and those ending in _0$? Can any of them be removed to free up drive space?
They look like this: $NtUninstallKB919007$ and NtUninstallKB919007_0$
Some of them are quite large and old, dated 05 through 09.
Any help and advice is appreciated, thanks.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:20 PM

Yes, you can delete them if you are certain you don't need to uninstall the updates... After doing so you can open ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS and delete the associated entries there.

Edited by Allan, 09 February 2011 - 01:21 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:54 PM

As Allan stated.

With a slight caveat. The very first folder, $hf_mig$, should not be deleted. Also, you may get a warning while deleting some that refer to a program. Wordpad, moviemaker, etc. You should skip over these, do not delete.

Then as Allan stated. Go to Add\remove, make sure Show updates is checked, and proceed to uninstall them. You will get a pop-up stating the program can not be found do you want to remove the corresponding entry in Add\remove. OK it and move on to the next.

Should you get any other warning regarding uninstalling an entry then it is probably for an update that the $uninstall$ file was not deleted for. This may be for any number of reasons. IMO do not uninstall it and move on to the next. This seems to pertain in particular to IE updates.

As a final clean-up touch. Empty the recycle bin. Run a system defrag. You should be all set.

Edited by ThunderZ, 09 February 2011 - 01:56 PM.


#4 Jerry42

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 01:07 PM

Thanks guys. I appreciate the info and will follow your instructions.
Thanks again, Jerry

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:25 PM

That`s what BC is here for.

Should you have any concerns or more questions prior to or during the process please ask.

Glad we could help.




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