amd64 & i386 folders appeared on another drive after Windows Update for Server 2003

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
After a Windows Update to Windows Server 2003, two folders appeared:

amd64 & i386

The folders appeared on a drive other than the C-drive even though there is plenty of room on the C-drive.

Has anyone seen this happen or can anyone explain this?
Question by:rhascall
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    Expert Comment

    Could you provide some more information?
    What were you updating?  Is the drive where these folders appeared the last Harddrive letter?

    What was the update that you ran?
    Is there anything in those directories?

    Author Comment

    I had done normal Windows Updates the same day that these folders appeared.

    Yes, the drive that these showed up on is the last drive letter.

    There is folder with a long name (i.e. d:\dc15555fe2224ffe751a3) and the amd64 and i386 folders are within it. The amd64 and i386 folders have files with the following extensions in them:

    dll, cat, inf, gpd, ppd, dll, dll

    It looks like this happened during the Windows update.
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    Accepted Solution

    Was the update you applied a ServicePack?  I think it is the one the extracts the files to the last available drive with the funny name and the amd64 and i386 deals with updates for X64 and X32.
    AMD64 has the 64 bit systems and i386 is for the 32bit systems.

    Author Closing Comment

    The update had a SP for a component within it, so that must be what it's for. One last question, is it okay to delete this folder?
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    Expert Comment

    usually when the update completes the folder is deleted.  the process might need a restart to complete. do not delete the folders until you  restart.

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