Thanks to BroRo this thread is starting to make some sense now.
If you stick to one thread at a time this could have been resolved a
long time ago, Sasha.
IF the $NTUninstallKBxxxxx$ folders have somehow 'migrated' to the
$hf_mig$ subfolder then something is *seriously* amiss with the OS.
It sounds as if a registry entry's path has been corrupted or changed.
You can distinguish the $NTUninstallKBxxxxx$ folders from the $hf_mig$
folders very easily. The $hf_mig$ folders will appear as KBxxxxx.
Also, there will be no spuninst.exe present when you drill down thourgh
Try moving the $NTUninstallKBxxxxx$ folders back to the WINDOWS
directory [folder], reboot, and see if they remain there and show up in
If not, and even if they do. you can delete the $NTUninstallKBxxxxx$
folders for those updates that do not show in Add/Remove Programs as
long as there are no issues affecting the system from said installed
Has that cleared things up for you ?
MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
sasha gottfried wrote:
> So basically, If I discover a previous update is causing a problem, it
> cannot be uninstalled if it has 'migrated' to the $HFmig$ folder?
> "MowGreen [MVP]" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>Do NOT touch anything in $hf_mig$ . This folder contains files that are
>>needed to determine which version of a file has been updated previously.
>>There are two different branches of updates ... QFE and GDR.
>>The first are updates, the latter are HotFixes that have been obtained
>>directly from MS by request. Both files are included in update packages.
>>Without the files in the subfolders of $hf_mig$, the update can not
>>determine the specific file that it should install.
>>If the $hf_mig$ subfolder is taking up too much disc space then suggest
>>you store it on an external USB drive. BUT, you will need to move it back
>>to the WINDOWS directory prior to updating the system.
>>Once SP3 comes out and is installed, the $hf_mig$ should be cleaned out by
>>said installation. At least that's what I remember from installing SP2.
>>Updates are uninstalled from the $NTUninstallKBxxxxxx$ folders
>>Save Space After Installing Updates
>>MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
>> *-343-* FDNY
>>sasha gottfried wrote:
>>>Can anyone inform me exactly what steps are necessary to uninstall an
>>>update from the $HFmig$ Folder? (These updates have migrated to that