windows installer patch file is 2.5 Gb in size

Posted on 2011-10-26
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am running a windows 2003 server which is rapidly running out of room on the c: drive, I have noticed there is a windows installer patch file which is 2.5 Gb in size,, how do i reduce this file size or remove it?
Question by:Martyt1988
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Hobett earned 2000 total points
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Have you run chkdsk against the drive to check that the file system is valid? The only large patch files would be service packs, I assume this file is in C:\Windows\ and starts with a $ indicating a patch file?

If your server is stable then you should be able to remove it. If you have a location you can save it to off of the c drive then that would allow you to restore it if you ever needed to do any patch testing due to application/update conflicts.

Additional things you can try to free up space are: reduce the recycle bin size from 10% to 5 or 3%, A restart is required to cause to show any difference. Remove additional $patch files, but keep any MSI ones as these are the MSI engine updates, e.g. MSI 4.5.

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I am unsure as to the nature of this file,, I am unable to see it in windows, the only way that i have any knowledge of its existance is that i have used a utility called windirstat,, and it shows up in the list of files. I have set windows to show hidden files and still i see nothing when using a windows browser.. I need to find out if it is A. safe to remove this file, and B. how do i get rid of it if it is safe to do so ??

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To follow up, when you showed the hidden files, did you also show Protected operating system files?

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I did set the machine to show protected operating system files.. Still nothing?? Maybe im just loosing my mind?? Maybe virus related?

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