WinXP Home, after SP2, can i delete all these files?

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http://www.myweb2005.com/temp/winupdateleft.jpg

can i delete all folders begin with $?
there are total 18 folders begin with $
the first one is black color, the other 17 are blue color.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    http://www.michna.com/kb/WxServicePackUninstallUninstall.htm


    Rob Racki


    "Õý°æÓû§" <weiruanmi@hotmail.com_·´À¬»ø> wrote in message
    news:OtiECmBIFHA.1288@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Please see the picture...
    >
    > http://www.myweb2005.com/temp/winupdateleft.jpg
    >
    > can i delete all folders begin with $?
    > there are total 18 folders begin with $
    > the first one is black color, the other 17 are blue color.
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Õý°æÓû§ wrote:

    > Please see the picture...
    >
    > http://www.myweb2005.com/temp/winupdateleft.jpg
    >
    > can i delete all folders begin with $?
    > there are total 18 folders begin with $
    > the first one is black color, the other 17 are blue color.
    Hi

    Do not delete the $hf_mig$ folder, the rest you can delete as
    long as it is ok to lose the option to uninstall the updates
    later on (only interesting if you suspect that one of the updates
    have caused you problems).


    --
    torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting and WMI, Porsgrunn Norway
    Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
    the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.mspx
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Hi,

    I agree with Torgeir and here's way.

    The $hf_mig$ should *NOT* be removed.
    <snip from the following KB Article>
    When a security update, critical update, update, update rollup,
    driver, or feature pack installs GDR version files, the hotfix files
    are also copied to the %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder. This supports
    migration to the appropriate files if you later install a hotfix or
    service pack that includes earlier versions of these files. For
    example, consider the following scenario:
    1. You apply a security update that installs a GDR version of File.dll
    with a version number of 5.2.3790.1000 and copies a hotfix version of
    File.dll with a version number of 5.2.3790.1000 to the
    %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder.
    2. You apply a hotfix that includes a hotfix version of File.dll with
    a version number of 5.2.3790.0000.
    In this scenario the hotfix installation in step 2 installs the hotfix
    version of File.dll (version number 5.2.3790.1000) from the
    %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder instead of the hotfix version of File.dll
    (version number 5.2.3790.0000) from the hotfix package.
    Description of the contents of WinXP SP2 and Windows Server 2003
    software update packages
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;824994

    --
    Regards,
    Bert Kinney [MS-MVP DTS]
    http://dts-l.org/


    Õý°æÓû§ wrote:
    > Please see the picture...
    >
    > http://www.myweb2005.com/temp/winupdateleft.jpg
    >
    > can i delete all folders begin with $?
    > there are total 18 folders begin with $
    > the first one is black color, the other 17 are blue color.
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Thanks for help..
    by the way, someone says delete EVERYTHING in
    "%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download\"
    should i do that also?


    "Bert Kinney" <bert@NSmvps.org> ?¤J®ø®§·s?:u3HapuCIFHA.3612@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I agree with Torgeir and here's way.
    >
    > The $hf_mig$ should *NOT* be removed.
    > <snip from the following KB Article>
    > When a security update, critical update, update, update rollup,
    > driver, or feature pack installs GDR version files, the hotfix files
    > are also copied to the %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder. This supports
    > migration to the appropriate files if you later install a hotfix or
    > service pack that includes earlier versions of these files. For
    > example, consider the following scenario:
    > 1. You apply a security update that installs a GDR version of File.dll
    > with a version number of 5.2.3790.1000 and copies a hotfix version of
    > File.dll with a version number of 5.2.3790.1000 to the
    > %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder.
    > 2. You apply a hotfix that includes a hotfix version of File.dll with
    > a version number of 5.2.3790.0000.
    > In this scenario the hotfix installation in step 2 installs the hotfix
    > version of File.dll (version number 5.2.3790.1000) from the
    > %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder instead of the hotfix version of File.dll
    > (version number 5.2.3790.0000) from the hotfix package.
    > Description of the contents of WinXP SP2 and Windows Server 2003
    > software update packages
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;824994
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    > Bert Kinney [MS-MVP DTS]
    > http://dts-l.org/
    >
    >
    >
    > Õý°æÓû§ wrote:
    >> Please see the picture...
    >>
    >> http://www.myweb2005.com/temp/winupdateleft.jpg
    >>
    >> can i delete all folders begin with $?
    >> there are total 18 folders begin with $
    >> the first one is black color, the other 17 are blue color.
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    "Õý°æÓÃ?" <weiruanmi@hotmail.com_·´À¬»ø> ?¤J®ø®§·s?:etbihUDIFHA.2752@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks for help..
    > by the way, someone says delete EVERYTHING in
    > "%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download\"
    > should i do that also?

    if i do delete "%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download\"
    and next time i visit windowsupdate , will it ask me to re-apply patches ?

    also, should i delete the "download folder" OR delete stuff inside "download
    folder" but keep the "download folder"?
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    ¥¿ª©¥Î? wrote:

    > "Õý°æÓÃ?" <weiruanmi@hotmail.com_·´À¬»ø> wrote:
    >
    >>Thanks for help..
    >>by the way, someone says delete EVERYTHING in
    >>"%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download\"
    >>should i do that also?
    >
    >
    > if i do delete "%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download\" and next
    > time i visit windowsupdate , will it ask me to re-apply patches ?

    No.


    > also, should i delete the "download folder" OR delete stuff inside
    > "download folder" but keep the "download folder"?

    It's up to you, both methods are ok. The download folder will be
    recreated by the system next time an update is downloaded.


    --
    torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting and WMI, Porsgrunn Norway
    Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
    the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.mspx
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