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    Hi to all members,
    I am having another Compaq Armada M 700 Laptop on which Windows xp SP3 is running fine.The hdd is 40gb and memory is 256mb.
    Since it is regularily updated automatically and sometimes I find that if not present in future I will face space constrain. I find that in C: drive folders and also in windows directory very large number of files and folders of the type as shown in title above are accumulated and of large sizes.The names of such
    files and directory are dimmed and not highlighted.
    So what I feel if these files and folders are removed/deleted safly then I will get lot of space on c: drive.I am not sure how and in what way these files and folders are essential for the system to work.I am this much sure if not all of them but a large share can be removed without affecting the system.
    so please advice what I should do and a process also to remove such files/folders because system may deny sometimes in removing such things.
    I am sure to get a solution from friends in the forum.
    thaks
    vedu6

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    Re: $&lt;file or dir name&gt;$

    Hello,
    It is safe to delete the contents of C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download
    Additionally I would use the disk cleanup utility that is part of the OS, you can uninstall any programs which you don't need, check system restore points and delete older ones or reduce the disk space used by them.
    I use a tool ccleaner which does a great job deleting temp files http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner
    You can disable hibernation if you are not using it,
    Generally it is not safe to delete files from c:\windows, Try not to delete anything which you are not sure about and the answer is always on google, deleting the wrong files can break your computer. If you supply a screenshot of the files you are referring to on the root of your C:\ we can tell u if they are ok to remove.
    treesize will tell you which directories are using up all the space.
    Hope this helps.
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    • #3
      Re: $&lt;file or dir name&gt;$

      Originally posted by uk_network View Post
      Hello,
      It is safe to delete the contents of C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download
      Additionally I would use the disk cleanup utility that is part of the OS, you can uninstall any programs which you don't need, check system restore points and delete older ones or reduce the disk space used by them.
      I use a tool ccleaner which does a great job deleting temp files
      You can disable hibernation if you are not using it,
      Generally it is not safe to delete files from c:\windows, Try not to delete anything which you are not sure about and the answer is always on google, deleting the wrong files can break your computer. If you supply a screenshot of the files you are referring to on the root of your C:\ we can tell u if they are ok to remove.
      treesize will tell you which directories are using up all the space.
      Hope this helps.
      Realy I am thakful for your help.
      Immediatly I regained almost 2gb by deleting software distributuin files.
      I am already using ccleaner from past.Other suggetions I will adhare to and if I could ,I will send the screen shot of directoris early to get help frm you.

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      • #4
        Re: $&lt;file or dir name&gt;$

        There are also a lot of update folders in the C:\Windows directory
        Normally hidden and (IIRC) look like $NtUninstall....$
        You can delete (or move) all of them but do NOT delete a folder called $hf_mig$

        (They are update files and uninstallers -- what are the chances you will uninstall a patch)

        Having said that, larger drives are cheap and there is readily available (and free) applications to clone one e.g. http://downloadsquad.switched.com/20...ur-hard-drive/
        Tom Jones
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