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Deleting files and folders in the C:\Windows directory

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by B, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. B

    B Flightless Bird

    I thought I'd try my post from the other day again, and see if I can get an
    answer. Replacing the HD with a larger one is not a feasible solution.


    I'm trying to conserve space on a small HD on a laptop, and would like to
    know if I can remove the following files and directories.

    1) Numerous files and folders in C:/WINDOWS with various names that have
    modified dates going back to the
    installation date of XP.


    C:/WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\KB873333

    C:/WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstallIDNMitigationAPIs$

    C:/WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB835732$


    2) There are numerous files and folders in the
    'C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\' directory with long
    alphanumeric names ( examples are shown below)

    C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\23e79e5fb28793d8cb1c2055b0d8dcb9

    2e85649f259ec770e7f40b35df1f39f9518d56fa (a file with no extension)

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Brad
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    A1. See http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=33827

    A2. The contents of C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download <=this folder
    will "age out" over time. That being said, deleting the /contents/ of that
    folder manually won't harm anything.


    B wrote:
    > I thought I'd try my post from the other day again, and see if I can get
    > an
    > answer. Replacing the HD with a larger one is not a feasible solution.
    >
    >
    > I'm trying to conserve space on a small HD on a laptop, and would like to
    > know if I can remove the following files and directories.
    >
    > 1) Numerous files and folders in C:/WINDOWS with various names that have
    > modified dates going back to the
    > installation date of XP.
    >
    >
    > C:/WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\KB873333
    >
    > C:/WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstallIDNMitigationAPIs$
    >
    > C:/WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB835732$
    >
    >
    > 2) There are numerous files and folders in the
    > 'C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\' directory with long
    > alphanumeric names ( examples are shown below)
    >
    >
    > C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\23e79e5fb28793d8cb1c2055b0d8dcb9
    >
    > 2e85649f259ec770e7f40b35df1f39f9518d56fa (a file with no extension)
    >
    > Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    > Brad
     
  3. B

    B Flightless Bird

    Thank you very much, this is exactly the type of info I was seeking.


    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:-OimwuSaOLHA.3936@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > A1. See http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=33827
    >
    > A2. The contents of C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download <=this folder
    > will "age out" over time. That being said, deleting the /contents/ of
    > that folder manually won't harm anything.
    >
    >
    > B wrote:
    >> I thought I'd try my post from the other day again, and see if I can get
    >> an
    >> answer. Replacing the HD with a larger one is not a feasible solution.
    >>
    >>
    >> I'm trying to conserve space on a small HD on a laptop, and would like to
    >> know if I can remove the following files and directories.
    >>
    >> 1) Numerous files and folders in C:/WINDOWS with various names that have
    >> modified dates going back to the
    >> installation date of XP.
    >>
    >>
    >> C:/WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\KB873333
    >>
    >> C:/WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstallIDNMitigationAPIs$
    >>
    >> C:/WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB835732$
    >>
    >>
    >> 2) There are numerous files and folders in the
    >> 'C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\' directory with long
    >> alphanumeric names ( examples are shown below)
    >>
    >>
    >> C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\23e79e5fb28793d8cb1c2055b0d8dcb9
    >>
    >> 2e85649f259ec770e7f40b35df1f39f9518d56fa (a file with no extension)
    >>
    >> Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance,
    >> Brad

    >
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    YW

    B wrote:
    > Thank you very much, this is exactly the type of info I was seeking.
    >
    >
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OimwuSaOLHA.3936@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> A1. See http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=33827
    >>
    >> A2. The contents of C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download <=this
    >> folder
    >> will "age out" over time. That being said, deleting the /contents/ of
    >> that folder manually won't harm anything.
    >>
    >>
    >> B wrote:
    >>> I thought I'd try my post from the other day again, and see if I can get
    >>> an
    >>> answer. Replacing the HD with a larger one is not a feasible solution.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> I'm trying to conserve space on a small HD on a laptop, and would like
    >>> to
    >>> know if I can remove the following files and directories.
    >>>
    >>> 1) Numerous files and folders in C:/WINDOWS with various names that have
    >>> modified dates going back to the
    >>> installation date of XP.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> C:/WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\KB873333
    >>>
    >>> C:/WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstallIDNMitigationAPIs$
    >>>
    >>> C:/WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB835732$
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> 2) There are numerous files and folders in the
    >>> 'C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\' directory with long
    >>> alphanumeric names ( examples are shown below)
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> C:/WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\23e79e5fb28793d8cb1c2055b0d8dcb9
    >>>
    >>> 2e85649f259ec770e7f40b35df1f39f9518d56fa (a file with no extension)
    >>>
    >>> Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance,
    >>> Brad
     

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