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i have alot of files in the following directories,
are these ok to delete since they may be part of an original loading
or do i need to keep these directories?
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c:\windows update setup files\*.*   20 meg
this is not c:\windows\

2)c:\windows\temp\*.*   156 meg
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by:oldgreyguy
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The files in the C:\Windows\Temp folder can go

I don't care much for the Windows Update stuff.. so I will refrain from making my usual comment about dumping it.

You might also check out your C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files folder (right click on the folder and chekc properties... you might get surprised)
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As for the Windows Update Setup File folder, there should be a text file in there called This Folder Is Safe To Delete.txt which, when you read it using Windows Notepad, has this as the contents:

This folder contains the information needed to install Internet Explorer 5.5.
Once Internet Explorer 5.5 is installed and functioning properly on your system, you may delete this folder to free up disk space.
If you delete this folder but later want to reinstall the product, you will need to download it again from the web site.

Your Safe to Delete.txt may reference another version of IE than 5.5; I am just quoting the contents of mine, on my Windows ME partition.
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by:narrowgate
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If you want to free up loadsa space check this website
www.f*ckmicrosoft.com
Replace the * with u and you've got the URL. I didn't actually type it as it is coz it might upset someone.

Anyway there is a great article in there called 'Microsoft's really hidden Files' which is basically a sneaky log of every website visited etc. The article tells you how to get rid of them. Freed up 500MB on my PC.
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by:shultz6
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LeeTutor has the answer. One thing is for sure - you don't need those files.  Sounds more like a failed install to me. When I was testing a beta of windows XP, it failed on install, and left a whole bunch of files in a similar directory on the C: drive (I was installing WinXP to another drive)
Unless there's something you have installed on C: you already know about, (e.g. Drivers and programs for your particular PC) you only need the root dir files, C:\Program files and C:\WINDOWS or C:\WINNT etc. The rest can go.
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by:1stein4U
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hi,

its ok, if you delete everything in your temp-directory, if you doen't installed any programmes there. but there are much more possibilitys to clean your hd. search for *.tmp, *.bak, *.old. Delete every file you found. Delete every file in your windows\temporary interenbet files\ directory...

greets,

alex
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by:LeeTutor
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I think oldgreyguy and I provided the answer precisely for his question.  The others provided good additional info, but were not any more pertinent to the exact question asked.
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