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TaurArian [MVP] 2005-2008
> I have a Dell Dimension 8200 computer with windows XP Pro (SP3) installed.
> So far, I have not had any serious difficulties with SP3. Is it safe to
> delete the below listed folders? And if it is safe to delete these two
> folders, do I just right click each folder and select delete? If these two
> folders are deleted, do I need to go to the control panel/add-remove and
> delete any applicable entries there? Thanks for any help, Sam.
> C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$ (Has 596mb)
This is the uninstall files for SP3, you can delete them but you will not be
able to uninstall SP3 if you do..
> C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download (Has 566mb)
This folder ususally clears in about 10 days anyway. You can safely remove
the contents of the Download folder. Leave the folder.
Finally after removing the uninstall information, you can then attempt to
remove SP3 from Add/Remove and you should receive an error which in turn
allows you to delete the entry.
Please note that if you installed SP3 over IE7, this may cause complications
later in that you can not remove IE7. To remove IE7 you have to first remove
SP3 and then IE7 etc.
IMHO - why not leave it for a few weeks especially if you're not running low
on disk space.