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Cleaning Up My Windows Folder

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#1 Chatice


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Posted 15 February 2006 - 10:40 AM

In checking thru my Windows folder, I see a whole long list of items that look like this:


(The numbers at the end are different for each one.)

There is over 750 Mb of these in the Windows folder on my C: drive.

Each of the folders contains different files or folders, such as .sys, .dll, and .exe, and spuninst. They look important, but what are they?

Any chance that they can be deleted without causing my computer to have problems?

Just trying to clean out unnecessary junk, if that's what these are!

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 11:15 AM

A good rule to follow is: If you don't know what it is, don't delete it!

There is a free program which will do a thorough job of removing temp files, unwanted logs, and a host of other stuff. It's called CCleaner and widely used and recommended by members here.
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 11:37 AM

These are usually uninstall information for the various updates on your system. On my system there are 107 mB worth of them (XP with SP2 slipstreamed).

Generally, if you won't need them in the future, they're safe to delete. BUT...if you don't need the space right now, I'd leave them for a later cleanup. Also, deleting them will leave a mess in your Add/Remove Programs dialog - it'll still list the updates, but you won't be able to uninstall them.

Finally, here's a link on how to figure out what's "safe" to delete: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/42143/how-to-safely-delete-a-file-if-you-dont-know-if-you-need-it/
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 04:35 PM

Bottom line is:

If I don't need the space, I should really leave those files as they are.

Thanks for the pointers. Will try CCleaner.

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