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HOW TO DELETE WIN 95 BACKUP SAFELY?

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I just installed WIN 98. It backed up 60MB of old files for WIN 95. How can I safely delete alll these files since they are no longer used, and I would like to free up the space?
Also is the Norton utilites defragger safer or better that the built-in WIN 98 defragger?
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by:neptune26
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Go to the Add/Remove Software icon in your control panel.  One of the programs listed that you can remove is the old Windows 95 files.
I prefer the Norton product to the Windows one but be advised that you need to upgrade to Norton Utilities 3.0 because the 2.0 version does not support the FAT32 file system of Win98.
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by:alanman
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I did that and there are still about 60MB of files in another folder I am afraid to delete.c:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS. Most of these have dates of 8/24/98. Is it SAFE to delete these files, and the folder? Thanks in advance for the help!
--Alan
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dew_associates earned 200 total points
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Hi Alan,

I think I can help you with this. Please read the following, if it applies, then it is safe to remove that folder and any sub-folders beneath it.

If Windows 95 was preinstalled on your computer, there may be
Windows\Options and Windows\Options\Cabs folders on the hard disk. The files in these folders server the following purposes:
 
- If you did not receive a Windows 95 CD-ROM with your computer, these files are used by the Create System Disks program to create a floppy-disk backup of the Windows 95 installation disks, should you need to reinstall Windows 95 in the future.
 
- When you add or remove a Windows 95 component using the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel, Windows 95 Setup uses these files to complete the process instead of prompting you to insert your Windows 95 floppy disks or CD-ROM.
 
These files are provided as a convenience to you. If you delete the files, you need to have your Windows 95 floppy-disk backup or CD-ROM available whenever you change your Windows 95 system
configuration, presuming that you ever desire to go back to Windows 95. Allot of companies provide these and provide the floppies or CD Rom for Win 95 as well.

This info is provided directly from the Microsoft Knowledge Base!

Dennis

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by:neptune26
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Alan, the answer is yes, you may safely delete those .cab files.  Dennis is right, they were used so that when you were still using Windows 95 you could add/delete/change settings without having to insert the Win95 CD.  Now that you're sure  you won't need them, it' safe to get rid of them.
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by:dew_associates
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Neptune, I didn't want him to merely delete them until he was made aware of the fact that he would need them in the event he did not have either floppies or a cd rom disk for Win95. If he deletes them and doesn't have either, and he has to reinstall Win98 (upgrade), he'll have no verifying product!

Alan, if you don't have Win 95 on floppies or a cd, you can make the floppies from those cab files and then delete them.
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