..then your should NOT remove/uninstall all the Windows "updates" listed in Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs. Removing them from the Add/Remove Programs list will cause them to be UNINSTALLED. You don't really want that..
Besides, when you install Service Pack 2, if I remember correctly, the Add/Remove Programs listing will be corrected and only SP2 will show up. Those previous updates will be removed.
That said, even though the Add/Remove Programs list will be recreated and look correct, those updates are still stored on your computer in the C:\Windows folder. Opening the C:\Windows folder will show a whole bunch of "$NtUninstall" folders which contain each of the previous updates..It's entirely up to you and I would certainly make sure that everything is running correctly after you install SP2, but you can delete those previously needed "$NtUninstall" folders and create more space on the hard drive. Here's a link to one such instruction which can be used AFTER you install SP2 and when you are clear that it's running fine and doesn't need to be uninstalled or restored back..
Be careful and wait a couple of months before doing this, IF that's what you want to do.
Hope this helps.
Connie posted this at the bottom of the "Tips For Computer Newbies" thread. It will get more responses and more correctly belongs as a separate subject. I'll repost it here:
We are now legal and running a genunine copy of Windows XP Professional. I used the registry # that Microsoft sent us. We also ereceived a disc from them that includes the update to service pack 2. So, I am now in the process of getting my computer ready for the upgrade. Have printed out your recommendations for preparation (which will be extremely helpful....thanks)
However, I have looked all your forum to find an answer to my question and can't find it. Question is: on Add/Remove programs I have a whole list of Microsof updates listed. Since they are already installed, I think I can safely delete them. But am not sure....should I delete these or are they to be kept in Add/Remove forever?
Thanks for your help.
Posted by: 1999farfer (see profile) - 08/24/2005 8:36 AM
Hope this helps.