Yes, those $NTuninstall... folders are safe to delete. They are made by Windows update so you can easily undo an individual update if it turns out to be fatal for your system. But you won't want to undo a change from 2003. Turn on detail view and delete all that are older than 1 or 2 months.
Other tips to free disc space:
1. Disc cleanup (wizard).
2. Disc cleanup (wizard) advanced: delete all but the latest system restore points.
3. Download free ccleaner for cleanup of temp files and such
4. Download free treesize from http://download.cnet.com/1770-20_4-0.html?query=TreeSize+Free&searchtype=downloads to analyze the size of all folders and subfolders on your hard disk.
Don't delete anything if you're unsure if it can be done safely. Ask here for advice when in doubt.
(I hope I am provided enough information)
I have a Dell 4500S w/18.5GB hard drive. I have only 5.2 GB free.
It is running Windows XP Home Edition. I use IE 8.
Most the space, that i can see, used by Windows (disk space 4.62GB) and Program Files (838MB). I can not see where the rest of the usage is.
I see many folders in the 'spuninst'dating back to 2002.
An example: $NtUninstallQ324096$.
My questions: Are these needed? and when this 'spuninst' is updated, don't the previous files go way if these are updated since 2002?
I need to find more free disk space. This PC used run with 49% free until I installed three things-
AT&T dsl provider, Explorer 8 and anti- virus- didn't matter which one- I use Pareto Logic.
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name DGG4HQ11
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dimension 4500S
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~1700 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A01, 5/21/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name DGG4HQ11\Diane Gunnard
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.55 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 3.85 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys