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Ill understand all this one day....

by TyshiaT / February 23, 2007 3:05 AM PST

okay i just did a full system restore on my computer yesterday and the programs that come with the computer are from 04 i have a ton of updates in XP. can i delete any of the old updates in my add and remove program folder for example i have a update for windows media player and then another for windows media player 9???
oh and can you tell me i know every one asks this question but my head ACHES because i dont know what i need as for as virus and security goes

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After a full system restore ...
by Kees Bakker / February 23, 2007 3:13 AM PST

you're not supposed to have anything else than what was restored. So surely no later updates (what updates?) and nothing you installed yourself in Config Panel>Add/remove (just the things that were there already when you bought the machine in 2004).

It's not clear to me what you have done exactly, and what the current status of your PC is.

For security you need a two-sided firewall, an antivirus and at least one antispyware solution. For all of these there are free ones and others you've got to pay for.
And, of course, after a restore back to 2004, you might need to reinstall the XP SP2 update to start with, if that wasn't included then.

So please tell more.


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You Can't 'Delete' From 'Add-Remove Programs'
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 23, 2007 3:19 AM PST

If you open the Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs section and "select the "Remove" option for each of those updates, then updates will be uninstalled, NOT deleted.. You still want all of those updates to remain so the computer will run better and safer. If simply want to prevent them from showing up in Add/Remove, UNCHECK the "Show Updates" box at the top of the window.

On the other hand, it is possible to delete the actual uninstall files, (as long as you're sure you won't use them again) by opening Windows Explorer, then navigate to the C\Windows folder and delete all the files that look like: ""$NtUninstallKBXXXXX". Each of those take up quite a bit a space and if you're not going to uninstall any of the updates, then you can manually delete each one. (It's best NOT to delete the one folder named: "$hf_mig$") But even if you remove all the uninstall folders, the entries will remain in 'Add/Remove" unless you edit the registry to get rid of the registry entries.

Then, if there are any remnants in the "Control Panel-Add/Remove Programs" section:

Hope this helps.


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