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Posted on 2006-06-22
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I found five "i386" files on my computer.  Do I need five?  Do I need any i386 files?  Can I safely delete any of them?
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by:Eagle6990
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Files or folders? Where are they located?  if they are in your Windows directory then they may be backup files from Service Packs in case you need to uninstall an update.

If they are anywhere else, then you probably don't need them.
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by:Ziggy622
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They are the following folders:

1. Windows/Drive Cache
2. Windows/Service Packs Files
3. Two Java folders containg a bunch of ".cfg" files
4. on my D drive there is a folder with a bunch of letters and numbers.  In it, there is an i386 folder.  Acess is denied and also it says that the folder is empty.  

It won't let me delete it, which tells me there may be something asignificant about it.
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The windows/driver cache you do not want to delete, neither do you want to delete the Windows/ServicePacks folder since that contains the data if you change your config you won't need to provide a CD.  Leave those alone.

The ones in the Java folders I don't know for sure about.  What size are these folders? If they aren't too much, I would leave them alone as well.

The folders with random letters and numbers are usually temporary extracted files for Windows updates.  They are normally safe to delete as long as you aren't in the middle of an update.  These will have i386 folders inside of them for the Microsoft structure. Delete away.
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