The I386 folder contains the majority of the 2K install files. If you decide to add or remove Windows components, then this is where 2k will look. Its also the repository for files for the System File Checker and Windows File Protection.
I've checked same folder on other PCs with XP and the size is minute by comparison. I'm absolutely sure that the user of the PC wouldn't even know to begin to deliberately put stuff in there lol. It only seems to be a Win 2000 thing. I assume I can't/mustn't delete anything in there?
just checked my work PC( XP) and it's got 700+Mb I386 folder!!!!The info given so far indicates to me that the folder size will be relative to the number of programmes loaded? Also, nothing must be deleted from it, given that no- one's deliberately added anything to it. Be very grateful for confirmation.
Your C:\i386 folder contains WinXP's installation files. These should already exist on your installation CD, as well. (Unless all you have is an OEM "Recovery" CD or partition.) They are needed for repairs to the OS and when you wish to add/install additional features. If you don't mind inserting a CD every time you make such a change, you can safely off-load this folder to a CD. Doing so will not damage WinXP.
Ironically, many people deliberately copy this particular folder from the installation CD to the hard drive to avoid the inconvenience of having to insert the CD whenever they add features. But, if you're short of space, you can safely remove the folder, provided you do save the files.