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#1 tjevans

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 12:48 AM

Under my c:\windows folder, I have many folders that begin with the dollar symbol ("$"). Most of them follow the dollar symbol with "Ntuninstall ..." What are these folders and may they be deleted?

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 02:30 AM

You'll want to wait for an expert to reply. I believe those are your Microsoft updates. I would leave them alone for now.

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 08:46 AM

While I don't presume to be an expert with this - those files are the uninstall information for the various patches/fixes that have been installed (they'll say "uninstall" in the name and will contain the number of the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article (such as KB873333) that describes it.

Generally, the common consensus is that you can safely delete these files (unless you're having some problems that might be related to an update). I prefer another way (which I've described at the bottom of this post).

Now, the $ sign is a bit confusing. I presume that Microsoft uses it to force these files to the top of the directory structure for ease of use (but this doesn't explain why they end in it either)

Normally the $ sign is used to designate an administrative share of a drive (such as C$) - but this appears to have no bearing on your question.

DELETING FILES AND FOLDERS SAFELY:
1) Make a new folder on your desktop and name it something like: To Be Deleted
2) Any file that you want to get rid of - MOVE it (not copy) to this folder.
3) Wait a week or two to see if problems pop up.
4) Delete the file to the Recycle Bin if you haven't had problems.
5) Let the normal course of events flush your Recycle Bin (in other words, don't empty it) - this'll give you another week or two in case problems pop up.
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