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#1 2harts4ever

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 06:09 PM

Good evening,

When I go to 'C:\Program Files' I find a folder called 'Windows Update'.

When I open it I find about 40-50 strange looking entries consisting of 40 various letters and numbers each. If I open one with 'notepad' it looks something like a foreign language.

What are these files and would it be safe to delete them?

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 06:16 PM

Hi 2harts4ever and welcome.

In that folder you will find a file called readme.txt. Everything you need to know is in there. It Probably says its safe to delete THE CONTENTS. Keep the folder.

Please read the readme.

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 07:02 PM

Hi Leurgy,

Thanks for the quick reply. Unfortunately, that is why I am posting ... because there is no 'readme.txt' inside the folder.

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 07:10 PM

What exactly is your OS?

Whats your reason for deleting those files. Is it space?

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 07:15 PM

Hi Leurgy,

No reason ... I am mainly curious as to what purpose they serve after the update has been completed (if in fact they are updates).

For the record I am using an old Packard Bell 4610 Legend, Pentium, 120 MHz/80 RAM, with IE 5.5, Sp#1 on Win95a.

Thanks again for your responses.

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 07:17 PM

One of the implications of deleteing those files is that you will lose the history of Windows Updates that you have done, so when you go back there you will have to start over again.

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 07:22 PM

Are you saying that if I would delete the files in that folder that I would have to do all the Window updates I had done previously all over again?

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 07:23 PM

Cancel that cause 95a doesn't update anymore. In that case hang on to every Win95 update file you can, as you can't get them anymore.

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 07:29 PM

Hi Leurgy,

I will let them alone.

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 09:04 PM

Win9x opens all sorts of update folders, many of which it doesn't seem to use. WUTemp (in the root), WindowsUpdate (in Programme Files), and Windows Update Setup Files and msdownld.tmp (both Windows folders) are probably the best known. They are a b===== nuisance, it's as if Microsoft keeps chopping and changing its mind all the time. If you use options\cabs for your setup files you might be able to move the various updating files there except for index.dat.
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Posted 27 December 2004 - 09:20 PM

Hi plonkeroo,

Thanks for posting. You caught me right before I'm off to bed. When your 62 years old, 4:30 a.m. comes pretty fast ...lol

I can find no 'index.dat' among the strange looking entries either.

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 11:00 PM

Thanks for posting.  You caught me right before I'm off to bed.  When your 62 years old,  4:30 a.m. comes pretty fast ...lol I can find no 'index.dat' among the strange looking entries either.

Hmm ... Numbered or alphabetically coded files are usually temp files. If I were you I would take an extended tour through all your files using Windows Explorer to see exactly what you've got. (Without altering anything.) Then perhaps use Search to look for "*.EXE" files then line them up by name to see if you have duplicates. If you find duplicates right-click to discover the most recently updated versions and whereabout they are. It could be you need a reliable cleaner utility if you've got a lot of apparently surplus files or fiolders. A good cleaner will know which ones to delete and which ones to leave alone. (PS - 62? I'm 12 months ahead of you!)
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Posted 28 December 2004 - 04:40 AM

Morning plonkeroo,

I am off to work and noticed your response. I will take your advice and do a little searching.

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