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I am running out of space on my hard drive and I want to upgrade from sp3 to sp4. what is the use of the I386 directory? Can I delete the files there or does NT use these files from time to time all thery are is setup files right? they do take a heck of alot of space. and do I need to uninstall sp3 before installing sp4??
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by:hnminh
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Hi there,
  The i386 directory of MS in general is the installation source for MS software of Intel proccessor. It seem that your comp. is pre-installed by the manufacture and they then leave such directory on your hard disk so the OS can find the nessessary files when you install new service or make some change in system configuration that need to add or re-copy these files. If you're sure that directory is just a NT installation source file and you also have other media (like CDROM) have the same thing you are safe to delete them totally.
  The SP4 require just NT system (no matter which SP's already installed). So you needn't to uninstall the previous SP before installing SP4. Another tip, all SP and hot-fixed usually create an uninstall directory under winnt folder (some make it an option, some not) by the form "$somethingwith number$". If you see your system work well with all of your SP and update, you also safe to delete them all. (Also remember to clean up your temp directory by delete all file that was not created by you)
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by:Ryan Bennett
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Sorry hnminh but you don't sound like you are very sure about this and I cannot afford to have any machines down and waiting to be fixed.

If I can delete the I386 directory and allit's files without a problem no questions about it please someone let me know!
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by:arunm
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Why dont you just rename the directory temporarly before removing it? That way you can confirm that you don't need it without doing any irrcoverable damage. After testing the machine, if you find that you do need it, all you have to do is rename it back again.
 
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by:Ryan Bennett
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Hey, I'll try that. If it works you get points Thanks!!
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willie1218 earned 50 total points
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that directory was put there either manually or in a cd room less installation on windows NT. yes it does take alot of space but it is convenience have it localy but you dont have to as longas you have the cd rom handy. 1.) you dont need to removed service pack 3 in order to install service pack 4. 2.) if you still use ms dos make sure that this directory is not for a memory enhancer in witch a directory is call i386. if no dos is use you can delete it with confidence....

P.s. hope you sole your problem.

P.s. service pack only uses about 2 or 3 mg of HD to install remenber all it's doing is replacing old files for newer files.
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OK, rbennett, go to i386 directory looking for setup.exe or install.exe or something like that and run it. I mean I want to know what is the software in i386 directory. Just then I can tell you if you can delete or not for sure.
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Thanks!

      Willie1218
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