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Advice on (maybe) redundant software on C:\ drive

I am running Windows XP SP2, and I have three hard drives: a 60 GB main hard drive; a second hard drive, 80 GB, used for video work; and an external 160 GB hard drive for backups. I like to keep about 50% free space on my C drive (the 60 GB one), but as time goes on I find the free space dropping to 48%, then 47%, and so on. I'd like to get rid of enough stuff on it to keep it from dropping further. Here's where I could use some advice.

Reviewing my list of programs in the ''Add/Remove'' utility, I find what appears to be some redundancy, but I'm not always certain. An example is Java. I find the following 4 items on the ''Add/Remove'' list:

J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 2 (117 MB);
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 4 (118 MB);
Java2 Runtime Environment, SE v. 1.4.2_04 (107 MB);
Java2 Runtime Environment, SE v. 1.4.2_06 (108 MB).

These items add up to 450 MB, which as a percentage of 60 GB isn't a whole lot, but do I really need all of them? If not, which ones can I safely remove? Or would it be best to uninstall them all, then go online and find a download of the most recent version and install that? Any help will be appreciated!

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Try a software forum.

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i have all of those 2....

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i dont find dat it takes up too much space so i just leave it...also me too i am uncertain whether they are needed

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This is the latest version and all that I have on my computer.
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 4 (118 MB)

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