Looking to do some early spring cleaning!

I have multiple Internet Explorer folders..

 When I upgraded to Windows 98 I had Microsoft Plus installed on my drive - D.. with IE 4 in a subdirectory. After installing Win98,  it installed the updated version in the same folder and created another Plus folder in my C:\Programs dir.. Then I upgraded to IE 5 and then to IE 5.01.. Now I have two folders labeled Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer 5.. off the D:\Programs dir. Oddly enough IE 5 is in the Internet Explorer folder and in the Internet Explorer 5 folder there seems be a few left over folders..

Bitmaps folder has some older bmp files..
Plugins folder is empty!
Setup folder is empty!
Signup folder has one file called 'Install.ins' dated 5/28/99
and Toolbar folder has some gif files dated 3/99


Next..
The themes that show up when running 'Desktop Themes' in the Control Panel are from the C:\Programs\Plus\Themes folder and not the D:\Programs\Plus\Themes folder?
Both have various theme files so what should I do with the files on drive D??? Can I move themes that are not in C:\Programs\Plus\Themes folder.

Is it save to delete some of these folders?

Also what about a folder called Update Setup files -also on my drive D ..    must I keep this folder or can I remove it and just store the folder on a Zip Disk in case I need it again.

I also noticed that there is another IE folder - C:\Programs\Explorer... this one is empty!

On top of all that do I have to keep both  C:\Programs\Windows Update folder. and C:\Windows dir folder called  '$Win98UpdatedUninstall$... in this folder are some files from the original Win98 install dated 5/11/98.

 I know by reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling Win98 update without Win95 installed would make for a cleaner install but that would be a lot of work! I just hate wasting hard drive space with useless files.




RobuzRetiredAsked:
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dew_associatesCommented:
Robuz, unfortunately you have quite a dilema on your hands. I'll walk you through your questions and then you decide which would be faster, doing all of the necessary editing to change and correct things or doing a clean install.

Your questions are in brackets << >> and the response below it.

<<Both have various theme files so what should I do with the files on drive D??? Can I move themes that are not in C:\Programs\Plus\Themes folder. Is it save to delete some of these folders?>>

Unfortunately your Win98 system registry governs much of this. While you could try and delete the directory (but not empty the recycle bin) to see if you get an error, generally this location is set in the regsitry. If you try and change themes, you may get an error as the path noted in the regsitry would no longer be valid. You could edit the regsitry though and look for these paths and change them. But this is extremely time consuming. Additionally, instead of deleting the directory, you may just want to move it, as at times the recycle bin on drives other than "C", becomes unrecoverable.

<<Also what about a folder called Update Setup files -also on my drive D ..    must I keep this folder or can I remove it and just store the folder on a Zip Disk in case I need it again.>>

Depending upon what this "Update Setup files" relates to, you may run into some problems with the way Win98 and IE 5/5.01 handles it own repairs.

The location of these files was first implemented when MS developed windows update in conjunction with IE 5 and the use of the System File Checker. The System File Checker provides you with a way to repair files on your system from the original CD. However, if you've updated your system using Windows Update and/or have updated to IE 5x, you cannot use the Win98 or Win98SE cd for the repairs. In this case, you would point SFC to the update folder in order to recover files.

<<I also noticed that there is another IE folder - C:\Programs\Explorer... this one is empty!>>

You can probably delete this folder, and should you get an error, you will need to edit the regsitry to fix it.

<<On top of all that do I have to keep both  C:\Programs\Windows Update folder. and C:\Windows dir folder called  '$Win98UpdatedUninstall$... in this folder are some files from the original Win98 install dated 5/11/98.>>

If you are thoroughly comfortable with your knowledge of how to fix Win98 problems, you can remove the Win98 update folder, HOWEVER you will need to understand how to download and recover corrupt or changed files without using Windows Update.

My recommendation to you would be to to a fresh install and keep your operating system files relegated to drive "C" and data files on "D".

Dennis

 

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RobuzRetiredAuthor Commented:
I would like to say that you have been very helpful and before I do anything I plan on doing a full backup...   If all else fails I would be forced to do a clean reinstall... that way I would not have any leftovers from Windows 95.


Bob
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dew_associatesCommented:
Bob, my recommendation would be a clean install. You will definitely see a performance improvement. If you have a Win98 update disk, this can be used without installing Win95 first. If you need help, let me know.
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