Windows update files such as \$NtUninstallKB954600_0$ can they be safely deleted?

Posted on 2011-10-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a load of files in my main directory (H:\) such as $NtUninstallKB954600_0$. can I safely delete them. I believe they arise from Windows XP updates which are installed automatically from the internet.
Question by:mason-e3
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    by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
    Yes, but you are unable to uninstall them.

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    So I can DELETE them to the Recycle Bin but CANNOT remove them by uninstalling - just to be perfectly clear.
    Thank you.
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    No, he means that these are the install cache for the Windows patches and if you delete them your system will have nothing to work with if you decide to uninstall a certain patch.  Will you ever do this?  Probably not but they may be used for repairs, etc.

    For the most part they can be deleted without harm but they are there for a reason.
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    Instead of deleting them, you can always copy them to an external drive or memory stick or cd and put it away. If you ever need one of them, you can just copy it back and run the un-install.
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    chances are you will never uninstall an update but rather use system restore if problems arise.  no problem to delete but if you don't feel comfortable then move then to another drive of some type and delete them after they've collected enough dust.
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    Agreed, nothing like a safety net.  Could even back them up to CD/DVD.
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