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On one of my users XP PC, there is a subfolder under Windows called PCHealth.  I have see this folder before but paid no attention.  This PC has over 17GB in a sub under PCHealth called UserDumps.  Within UserDumps there are several hundred files.  The files are named like this - update.exe.20030912.08005-00.hdmp.   Can someone tell me if this is normal and what these files are?  

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by:scorpiia
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This is the uncompressed version of an error dump. The .MDMP file is the compressed version and is the file sent to Microsoft.

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by:BOlsz1
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Feel free to delete all of these files.  They serve no purpose to you.  If you don't want to delete them, you can free up space by compressing them with winzip or winrar.
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by:venishjoe
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Hai,

   The PCHealth contains files and subfolders to support the Microsoft Help Center Service. These files support all the Windows XP Help services, including features such as Remote Desktop Assistance

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Venish
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by:mchristo63
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That was my thoought.  Thanks
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venishjoe earned 1500 total points
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Hai,

   I removed this safely on my box AND IT WORKS JUST FINE however note that by removing PCHEALTH you are essentially removing ANY form of online assistance and automated PC restoration - DO NOT DO THIS UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF YOUR SYSTEM ENTIRELY BY YOURSELF.

It won't cause any harm to the system but you wil lose any form of online assistance and automated PC restoration

Regards
Venish
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by:venishjoe
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Hai,

    If you are so concerned about freeing the unnecessary space taken by files follow the link

http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3521

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Venish
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by:APPUND
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I s there a setting in group policys to make this go away and not come back ?
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