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Can I delete IE7updates files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Peabody, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Peabody

    Peabody Flightless Bird

    I'm running XP SP3 IE7. I'd like to reduce the size of my C
    partition to make imaging faster and easier, and one possible
    deletion would be the windows\ie7updates folder contents. It's all
    KB stuff, several hundred MB.

    If I won't need to uninstall any previous IE7 updates, can I delete
    these files? IE seems to work fine, so I think it's very unlikely
    I would need to uninstall any of the previous updates.

    I guess the same question would apply to the windows\ie7 folder
    contents - if that's really IE6 stuff that would be needed for an
    IE7 uninstall. The lastest filedate is 9/1/07.

    And yes, I know there's IE8 out there. Still thinking about that.
     
  2. Iceman

    Iceman Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:00:09 -0500, Peabody wrote in message
    <news:20100825-230009.640.0@news.microsoft.com>:

    > I'm running XP SP3 IE7. I'd like to reduce the size of my C
    > partition to make imaging faster and easier, and one possible
    > deletion would be the windows\ie7updates folder contents. It's all
    > KB stuff, several hundred MB.
    >
    > If I won't need to uninstall any previous IE7 updates, can I delete
    > these files? IE seems to work fine, so I think it's very unlikely
    > I would need to uninstall any of the previous updates.
    >
    > I guess the same question would apply to the windows\ie7 folder
    > contents - if that's really IE6 stuff that would be needed for an
    > IE7 uninstall. The lastest filedate is 9/1/07.
    >
    > And yes, I know there's IE8 out there. Still thinking about that.


    There are some update files that can be safely deleted, and some that can
    not. See:

    Save Space After Installing Updates
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/spack.htm
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    If you think you'll ever need to uninstall IE8, leave 'em be.

    But you could see this discussion:
    http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=33827
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    Peabody wrote:
    > I'm running XP SP3 IE7. I'd like to reduce the size of my C
    > partition to make imaging faster and easier, and one possible
    > deletion would be the windows\ie7updates folder contents. It's all
    > KB stuff, several hundred MB.
    >
    > If I won't need to uninstall any previous IE7 updates, can I delete
    > these files? IE seems to work fine, so I think it's very unlikely
    > I would need to uninstall any of the previous updates.
    >
    > I guess the same question would apply to the windows\ie7 folder
    > contents - if that's really IE6 stuff that would be needed for an
    > IE7 uninstall. The lastest filedate is 9/1/07.
    >
    > And yes, I know there's IE8 out there. Still thinking about that.
     
  4. Bill in Co

    Bill in Co Flightless Bird

    Several hundred KB won't make much difference in backup/restore times, but
    several *GB* sure would, however. So, I'd skip it.

    Why is it taking so long? I'm running Acronis True Image, and can backup
    (a FULL backup - not incrementals/differentials!!) 20 GB in 10 minutes or
    so, even on my old 1.6 GHz machine. So that's NOT long! And restore
    takes about 25 minutes; big deal.

    Peabody wrote:
    > I'm running XP SP3 IE7. I'd like to reduce the size of my C
    > partition to make imaging faster and easier, and one possible
    > deletion would be the windows\ie7updates folder contents. It's all
    > KB stuff, several hundred MB.
    >
    > If I won't need to uninstall any previous IE7 updates, can I delete
    > these files? IE seems to work fine, so I think it's very unlikely
    > I would need to uninstall any of the previous updates.
    >
    > I guess the same question would apply to the windows\ie7 folder
    > contents - if that's really IE6 stuff that would be needed for an
    > IE7 uninstall. The lastest filedate is 9/1/07.
    >
    > And yes, I know there's IE8 out there. Still thinking about that.
     
  5. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    I agree with you, I have a double-boot installation of XP Pro 32 bits and
    Win7 Home Premium 64 bits and using the "Save and Restore" feature of Win7
    it takes about 20 minutes to create an image containing both system drives.

    To the OP, reducing the partition size won't reduce the time it takes to
    make an image, it's the "used space" that counts.

    HTH

    "Bill in Co" <surly_curmudgeon@earthlink.net> écrivait
    news:NYqdnSGFGqUcTejRnZ2dnUVZ_q-dnZ2d@earthlink.com:

    > Several hundred KB won't make much difference in backup/restore times,

    but
    > several *GB* sure would, however. So, I'd skip it.
    >
    > Why is it taking so long? I'm running Acronis True Image, and can

    backup
    > (a FULL backup - not incrementals/differentials!!) 20 GB in 10 minutes or
    > so, even on my old 1.6 GHz machine. So that's NOT long! And restore
    > takes about 25 minutes; big deal.
    >
    > Peabody wrote:
    >> I'm running XP SP3 IE7. I'd like to reduce the size of my C
    >> partition to make imaging faster and easier, and one possible
    >> deletion would be the windows\ie7updates folder contents. It's all
    >> KB stuff, several hundred MB.
    >>
    >> If I won't need to uninstall any previous IE7 updates, can I delete
    >> these files? IE seems to work fine, so I think it's very unlikely
    >> I would need to uninstall any of the previous updates.
    >>
    >> I guess the same question would apply to the windows\ie7 folder
    >> contents - if that's really IE6 stuff that would be needed for an
    >> IE7 uninstall. The lastest filedate is 9/1/07.
    >>
    >> And yes, I know there's IE8 out there. Still thinking about that.

    >
    >
     
  6. George Neuner

    George Neuner Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:44:11 -0700, Doum <me@domain.net> wrote:

    >> Peabody wrote:
    >>> I'm running XP SP3 IE7. I'd like to reduce the size of my C
    >>> partition to make imaging faster and easier, ...


    >I agree with you, I have a double-boot installation of XP Pro 32 bits and
    >Win7 Home Premium 64 bits and using the "Save and Restore" feature of Win7
    >it takes about 20 minutes to create an image containing both system drives.
    >
    >To the OP, reducing the partition size won't reduce the time it takes to
    >make an image, it's the "used space" that counts.


    It's that term "image" that confuses people. In the Unix/Linux and in
    the CD/DVD world, "image" means a block level copy of the whole volume
    (or in the CD/DVD case, of the written portion).

    In the Windows world, many backup programs abuse the term "image" to
    mean a directory structured copy of all the files. This leads to
    confusion when people are aware of other usages.

    George
     

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