All sorts of MS updates clogging my computer.

  dezi 15:10 05 Sep 2006

My MS updates, security or otherwise, auto update.
I had a look the other day and nearly fainted when I seen hundreds of them. How many mega/ giga am I loosing on my disk now?
Like thousands of other users I dont understand the technical details of these or their worth in my system. I imagine some of the security ones will be necessary, but which ones can now be deleted, some must be very old. I have updates on for media player 9 and 10 but I only have 10 installed now, similarly with other programs.
Do you think I could delete those that are say 1 or 2 years old?
thanks for any help.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:26 05 Sep 2006

you can delete any file in the windows foldr starting with $.

these are the restore points creted when the upate was installed.

  BurrWalnut 16:09 05 Sep 2006

Also, make a note of the KB numbers that you have deleted then go to Add/Remove Programs, tick 'Show updates' and 'attempt' to uninstall them one at a time. You will get an orphaned registry key message but it's OK to delete them.

I tend to keep those that are under 2 months old just in case the fix misbehaves.

  dezi 16:18 05 Sep 2006

Great...I counted 94 of the $ files in C/Windows, some showing as much as 13meg each. Before I delete them are you quite sure about this, they also end with $.

  dezi 16:27 05 Sep 2006

When I delete these $ files from Windows will they still be in the Add/Remove progs?

  surfmonkey #:@}© 16:31 05 Sep 2006

dosent the ccleaner do it under the advanced feature as hotfix uninstallers

  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:37 05 Sep 2006

Instead of all the faffing about download Ccleaner click here. (free) and when you firat run it select all the options from advanced apart from 'clearwindow size/location. Run cleane rand it will delete all your rubbish and the Uninstall files. You will never need them so there is no point holding on to them.


  dezi 16:40 05 Sep 2006

Where is the advanced feature you think will clean ?

  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:56 05 Sep 2006

open Ccleaner and on the left hand side you will see a bunch of ticks......use the scroll bar and you will see advanced.


  dezi 20:12 05 Sep 2006

All now deleted plus more when I got Ccleaner.
In total got 210 Meg.
Thanks a lot
ps Hope others see this.

  wee eddie 23:29 05 Sep 2006

Unless you have an HDD of less than 30GB, 210MB is insignificant.

Why worry.

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