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WIndows 2008 Update folders ($ folders)

Where are the $ folders that used to be directly under c:\Windows in previous verisons of Windows. I have several servers that are running very low on disk space and want to remove the older updated folders.
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The uninstall folder for each individual update no longer exists in Vista and the uninstall information is stored by Volume Shadow Copy service.
After every update, Volume Shadow Copy service only backs up the updated files.
So with Vista, it is a differential backup rather than a full backup of the uninstall files
 in Windows XP.
This backup mechanism is used to save disk space.
So basically, you cannot manually remove the uninstall files from the computer.
ubsocAuthor Commented:
You mention Vista in your reply, Is the same true for Server 2008?
Indeed, Both vista and seven, and both 2008 and 2008R2 work the same new way.

Note that WinsXs folder will grow up and up as you install new softwares on the server, and it is not wise to delete items in it. Just uninstall softwares to free space.

Also click start run TEMP and start run %TEMP% to remove temporary file, globally you can run a disk cleanup tool to free some space.

You can also use windirstat or treesize to detect folders consuming the most data.
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