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Monday, November 15th, 2004 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

My Windows folder is full of these things called”$NtUninstallQ…etc”. There’s a whole bunch of them! Are they OK to delete?

This should only happen to you Win XP users out there. When you install a patch or update, Windows makes a directory for files you’ll need if you decide to uninstall the update/patch. In other words, it’s an escape hatch in case their update messes up your system (yet another confidence booster from Uncle Bill).

Do you really need these files? Probably not. I had 184 files taking up 33MB of space!


You better believe I deleted them. If you want to get rid of them on your computer, it’s pretty easy.

Go to My Computer / C: / Windows and they should be there (probably in blue). If you don’t see them, you need to have hidden files displayed (in a folder go to Tools / Folder Options and make sure the radio button for “Show hidden files and folders” is selected. If not, choose it then click the “Apply to all folders” button.)

Next, select the “$NtUninstall…” directories and Delete . Bye bye unnecessary folders, hello hard drive space.

Rinse and repeat as necessary—I mean—you might want to do this every couple of months, or at least a week after each update.


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