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windows xp hotfix

by vics_girl / January 17, 2006 10:07 AM PST

I have a list of Windows XP Hotfix in my ADD/REMOVE section, can I remove these safely without corrupting my system?

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I could be wrong here but I believe removing a
by Steven Haninger / January 17, 2006 10:16 AM PST
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''hotfix'' restores to an unfixed state. You don't want to do that. There are removal tools to get rid of the backup folder Windows creates when applying these patches. Once I am happy that the patch has caused no problem, I just remove them manually. These are found in the Windows folder with a name such as $NtUninstallxxxx etc. Just delete these. There will be a corresponding log file something like KB9876543.log and these can be trashed as well. They will disappear from add/remove. Save them in the recycling bin for a time and empty later if you want to play safe.

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re hotfix
by badgeruk / January 18, 2006 2:56 AM PST
In reply to: windows xp hotfix

I have a similar list.Would this be why I keep getting a message saying that my disc space is nearly full?

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'Add/Remove Programs' List Doesn't 'Take Up Space' But...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 18, 2006 5:40 AM PST
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...the uninstaller folders, per Steve's post above, do contain files and folders which allow you to uninstall those Windows Updates and Hotfixes. Some of those uninstall folders in the C:\Windows folder contain a sizable amount of files and folders. If you want to save space, simply open Windows Explorer and manually remove the $NTUninstallKBxxxx" folders listed there..IMPORTANT..If you remove those folders, you will NOT be able to uninstall those updates from the Add/Remove Programs section although the list will still remain.

If you would also like to recover some space on your computer, please try the steps in the link below:

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

If you've also got Service Pack 2 installed, try tidying up a little more using the link below:

Cleanup After SP2 Installation

After following all the procedures above, run Error Checking/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Hope this helps.


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