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    Running Windows XP Pro service pack 2

    This computer is dual booted. The XP partition is only 5 gigs.
    I expect this partition to become full of Microsoft patch files.
    How can I redirect these patch files so they go to a different drive ?

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    Re: Redirect patch file downloads

    I can't answer your question directly, but it may not matter. I have XP Pro SP2 on 5GB partitions (2 of them on this machine) with (nearly) all the patches, and no problems with space.

    "Program Files" takes a lot more space even with a modest suite of programs, and "Documents and Settings" can grow arbitrarily. Do you have programs and documents on separate partitions from Windows?

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    • #3
      Re: Redirect patch file downloads

      I agree with Code... your problem is going to be redirecting "Program Files" (a registry key) and Profiles (more complex).


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      • #4
        Re: Redirect patch file downloads

        Why not delete the $NtUninstallKB925902$ type folders or are you planning on uninstalling updates sometime in the future.
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          Re: Redirect patch file downloads

          If you dont to delete them, just move them to another folder. DONT DELETE the $hf_mig$ folder (Cant remember why, just that you shouldnt do it!)

          Why not partition magic (or similar) and increase the partition size -- 5Gb is a little small.

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          • #6
            Re: Redirect patch file downloads

            Originally posted by Ossian
            DONT DELETE the $hf_mig$ folder
            the $hf_mig$ folder is there for future upgrades to reference, so that
            they won't unwittingly undermine an already installed hotfix by mistakenly
            installing an older-or-incompatable version of a file.
            Thanks to PCPreview for the above info.
            http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-444182.php

            (Guess I had better stop deleting it as well )
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            • #7
              Re: Redirect patch file downloads

              >>Do you have programs and documents on separate partitions from Windows?
              Yes.


              Originally posted by SecretCode View Post
              I can't answer your question directly, but it may not matter. I have XP Pro SP2 on 5GB partitions (2 of them on this machine) with (nearly) all the patches, and no problems with space.

              "Program Files" takes a lot more space even with a modest suite of programs, and "Documents and Settings" can grow arbitrarily. Do you have programs and documents on separate partitions from Windows?

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              • #8
                Re: Redirect patch file downloads

                I thought about this. I don't plan to uninstall patches. I just thought there might be an easy registry entry which might direct these files to drive E.

                Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                Why not delete the $NtUninstallKB925902$ type folders or are you planning on uninstalling updates sometime in the future.

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