I really need disk space, but I don't want to de-stabilize the OS environment (WinXP Pro SP3).
I have 279 copies of a file named "update.exe" in numerous folders such as:
C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\KB873333\update\ and C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\f2adb0f8440e5dbd459aa6bfcaed1ba5\update\
Each is about 755,576 bytes, for a total of over 178MB.
1. Why don't the Cleanup and maintenance tools delete such files automatically?
2. Since all these updates have been already been applied, can I safely delete these files manually?
Similarly: I am using IE8, but almost 300MB of files remain under: C:\WINDOWS\ie7updates\
I can't find a way to delete them using Control Panel. Control Panel's "Add or Remove Programs" (Change or Remove Programs) only shows: "Windows Internet Explorer 8" and "Windows Internet Explorer 8 - Software Updates" but nothing for IE7.
Also, Control Panel's "Add or Remove Programs" (Add/Remove Windows Components) provides no way to target those files.
3. What's the best way to safely delete these files?
4. Same concern for MS .NET Framework: I'm using 3.0. Can I all remove all the items for Framework 1.1 and 2.0 SP2 ?
I'd really appreciate factual information! Thanks!