swsetup folder

under my C: drive, there is a folder called swsetup...the folder is huge (784 MB)...I looked around in there and I kind of understand some of what is in there, such as things like "sp28916" (update from the HP website) and Adobe setup files (Adobe folder by itself is like 161 MB)...do I really need all this?...could I just delete the WHOLE swsetup folder?
MonkeyrodAsked:
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war1Commented:
Greetings, Monkeyrod !

Swesetup is used by HP computer to download drivers.  If all your drivers have been installed, you can delete it.  The folder will be recreated again next time you download a HP driver.

Best wishes!
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
thanks for quick response war (as always!!!)  but what about things like adobe and (hold on let me look) ...MSZONE (zone deluxe games), etc..all the sp#### are hp setup files which I feel safe deleting, but i'm not sure about the others...like adobe, I just checked my current version (7.0.7), but under the adobe folder in swsetup it has all these older setup files (which i know I don't need),but also has some files in the same folder which I don't know what they are...like for example Abcpy Configuration Settings, Data1 winzip file,

just wonder if it's safe to just wipe all those out...
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war1Commented:
Users have deleted such files from swsetup folder without issue.  

To be safe, you can move the files to another folder.  Then run the computer for a couple of days.  Check if there are any driver issue and program issue.  Go to Device Manager and check if there are any yellow question mark.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
Look at the list of programs installed in Add./remove programs, look at the directory dates, then the latest major file dates.  For any program, if the latest directory and/or file dates are the same time as the file updates in the swsetup folder, they have been installed.  As a matter of course, though, I keep ALL key updates like the browser and other crucial programs somewhere, even if you backup to CD ROM.  So you can delete a few old files, backup the rest to a single CD ROM, and wipe it off your hard disk.  Simple.
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
ahhhhh i typed a whole page and deleted it!!!! arrgghh...anyway, I was making a copy of the folder before I posted, so that's done...i deleted the adobe, no prob so far...

but...as always...I have another question totally unrelated to the post lol  :)  a LONG time ago, when my computer crashed, my name on there was Weston Bell (don't get me wrong I only have one User Account in Windows, I am admin. nobody else uses this laptop)...but I kept what I recovered under Weston Bell, and new stuff under Weston (like under C:\Documents and Settings, there's Weston and Weston Bell) now...the problem, when I go to Documents and Settings, Weston, Local Settings, (of course I had to go to show hidden files duhhhh) Temporary Internet Files, there's like 500 something MB there, yet under the Weston Bell Temp. Int. File directory, it stays small and gets clean....my theory is, IE or disk cleanup is confused about which temp. int. files to dump...i mean I can just go to the folder and select all and delete....

it's really obvious there are a ton of files there anytime I run a virus scan or ad-adware you can see all those cookies and crap...
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war1Commented:
What is the question.  If the question is can you delete the Weston Temporary Internet Files, the answer is yes. You can delete your Temporary Internet Files folder by selecting all and hit Delete key.

If the question is why are Int Temp Files going to another Documents and Settings folder, you need describe what username you are using now and what prvileges.  Some with the other account.
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
ok i've done the delete temp. int. files before manually....is that exact same thing that disk cleanup does?  just seems weird that you gotta unhide hidden files to get to it through local settings...

By "username" if you mean control panal - user accounts...I have only one...Weston....Computer admin....so all privleges i guess....

Under Documents and Settings, are these two "Weston" and "Weston Bell" really "accounts'?

ahhh i'm babbabling, i'll just do it manual...



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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
ok when I go to doc and settings - weston - local settings - temp. internet files, right click and go to propertys, it shows 478 MB worth of files (also read only box is checked, i even tryed unchecking it, but when I open the folder, it's empty...,
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
ok scratch that last comment.....it deleted it...
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scrathcyboyCommented:
Anything in the Local Settings / Temp folder is irrelevant.  You can delete it.  Also, all MSIE pages can be deleted.  Save everything else to restore your profile.  And in future, set MSIE to delete temp files more often, they are a real nuisance in scanning!
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
thanks, but what do you mean by "save everything else to restore your profile"???
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