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Folder C:\WINDOWS\ie8, necessary?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Cat_in_awe, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Cat_in_awe

    Cat_in_awe Flightless Bird

    Is this folder necessary to run IE8, or is just an archive of the
    installation process? Can I delete it (assuming I don't want to uninstall
    IE8)?
     
  2. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "Cat_in_awe" <rl3166pls@excite.com> wrote in message
    news:i6bcuq$kka$1@news.eternal-september.org...

    > Is this folder necessary to run IE8, or is just an archive of the
    > installation process? Can I delete it (assuming I don't want to uninstall
    > IE8)?


    Fail safe test (useful for many such cases):
    1. Rename the folder with prefix x i.e. here \xIE8\
    2. Reboot and run as normal.

    If IE runs OK, you can probably delete this folder.
    If IE will not run, just rename the folder correctly
    and reboot.

    3. If ultra conservative, make a folder called \Discards
    and Move into it folders for potential deletion. Leave
    them there until you next remember them, and delete
    as convenient.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  3. Jeff Strickland

    Jeff Strickland Flightless Bird

    "Cat_in_awe" <rl3166pls@excite.com> wrote in message
    news:i6bcuq$kka$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Is this folder necessary to run IE8, or is just an archive of the
    > installation process? Can I delete it (assuming I don't want to uninstall
    > IE8)?
    >
    >


    It's only 16Mb, why do you even care what it's for? You would have to delete
    1000 folders like it to recover a Gigabyte.
     
  4. Jeff Strickland

    Jeff Strickland Flightless Bird

    "Cat_in_awe" <rl3166pls@excite.com> wrote in message
    news:i6bcuq$kka$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Is this folder necessary to run IE8, or is just an archive of the
    > installation process? Can I delete it (assuming I don't want to uninstall
    > IE8)?
    >
    >


    I went to that folder and double-clicked IE8.EXE, but the IE that loaded was
    not IE8. No tabs, or settings to support them. Help>About said it was IE8,
    but clearly it was not. It had the look and feel of IE6.
     
  5. Jean Rosenfeld

    Jean Rosenfeld Flightless Bird

    If the folder C:/WINDOWS\ie8 has a subfolder called spuninst then it is
    indeed the folder needed to uninstall IE8 and revert to whatever version you
    had prior to IE8. If you're sure you will never want to do that you can
    delete it.

    "Cat_in_awe" <rl3166pls@excite.com> wrote in message
    news:i6bcuq$kka$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Is this folder necessary to run IE8, or is just an archive of the
    > installation process? Can I delete it (assuming I don't want to uninstall
    > IE8)?
    >
    >




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