Removing Old Windows Updates:-
Folders that have uninstall as part of the name (for example
$NtUninstallKB282010$ which reside in C:\windows (hidden folders) are Window
Hot Fix Update folders/files) can be safely deleted (providing you never
wish to uninstall the updates). I would recommend leaving these folders for
a period of at least a month to make sure the update is working correctly.
These updates can be deleted individually or in multiples. To find out more
about the update/s go to:
NB: XXXXXX = the actual number not including the "Q" or "KB"
Once you have deleted the uninstall folders/files, then go to Control Panel,
Add/Remove Programs. Select the matching Windows Hotfix Title relating the
update folder/file you have just deleted and select remove. You will get a
Windows error. This is because you have deleted the uninstall folder/files.
Just choose OK and the entry will be deleted from the Add/Remove Programs
XP SP3: Post Installation Cleanup
TaurArian [MVP] 2005-2009 - Update Services
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Computer Maintenance: Acronis / Diskeeper / Paragon / Raxco
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> This is a repost of a previous question. I am hoping to get a few more
> responses than I did with the last post. My apologies to those who
> viewed and responded to my last post.
> "I've been resisting the installation of SP3 because I've used
> automatic updates for all SP2 patches. However, many posts on this NG
> offer sufficient reasons to accept SP3. At last count, I have 140
> Knowledge Base updates in my Windows folder. To save space on my hard
> drive, would it be acceptable to uninstall all these updates and then
> install SP3? Does anyone know of any problems this would create? Of
> course, I would back up my hard drive before trying this routine.
> Thanks in advance for your help. John E."