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IE 6 Installation - Insufficient Space error with 30GB free

by Zeke1126 / October 9, 2005 11:21 AM PDT

Windows ME, Dell Dimension 4300.
After downloading a critical update from the Microsoft website to upgrade to Internet Explorer 6, an error shows installation was incomplete and I'm required to obtain additional files from Internet, but when I choose to proceed with that download, I receive another error stating that "There is not enough space to install Internet Explorer," and that the update will require 64663 KB of disk space, plus an additional 14000 KB to complete the process. Further down it states, "You need to have '70924' KB free on Drive C" and below that, "You need to have '7738' KB free space on drive"
However, my system shows 31.7 GB of free space on drive C, which of course is PLENTY.
Does anyone know what's up??? Thanks in advance...

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Zeke, Try This...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 9, 2005 2:39 PM PDT

Occasionally, that error will show up when the "Temp" folders have too many files. So, clean out all files from the C\Windows\Temp folder, then C\Windows\Temporary Internet Files folder, and the C\Temp folder. Leave the folder, but delete all the files inside. When you're done, run the computer for a while, opening and closing programs, just to make sure there are not critical files that have been sent to the Recycle Bin. Once you're sure that everything is running correctly, then delete the files from the Recycle Bin, then run Scandisk and Defrag.

As long as you have never saved any personal documents to the "Temp" folders, the files inside should be safe to delete.

Hope this helps.


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As an alternative to going folder to folder one could......
by jimdad / October 10, 2005 1:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Zeke, Try This...

do a search on the C drive in "All files and folders" for all temp. files by searching for all files with "*.tmp" in the file name. Then send all of these files to the recycle been as stated. I've used this in the past without any known issue.

This may be my lazy way to find all these files.


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Re: deleting temp files
by Kees Bakker / October 10, 2005 1:39 AM PDT


Especially in the Temporary Internet Files, there's not .tmp file to be found. Most is .htm or .html, with an occasional .gif and .jpg and a copy of all attachments you opened in Outlook Express. Can be a lot of files, if you don't clean it.

And c:\windows\temp with me contains zip-files opened by TurboZip express. And indeed a lot of *.tmp files, but surely not only so.

The real lazy ways to delete temp files are:
1. Running ccleaner (free download)
2. Using the Windows disk cleanup wizard.


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Been There...
by Zeke1126 / October 11, 2005 2:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Zeke, Try This...

Thank you for the advice, but I tried that first and several times since (Incomplete Update notice appears upon each Start/Restart since April or May).
How about if I try to download the Full upgrade to CD instead of hard drive, then load from CD? ANy foreseeable problems with that?
Thanks for your time and help!

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Problem Fixed by Other Means
by Zeke1126 / October 11, 2005 3:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Been There...

Thx for your efforts, but FYI, Zee in the ME forum advised me how to fix this problem by cutting/pasting all files from C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/Uninstall Information to a newly-setup folder ("Old Uninstall"). It worked like a charm, first time...

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