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Redundant Patches and Updates

By Aaron A Baker ·
Advice Please;
I have a laptop with 112 MS-Updates & Patches indicated in the C Windows folder.
When I go to the Ad-Remove Program in Control Panel, only 4 are in fact registered.
Theoretically they should all be showing up here but for some reason they are not.
I am therefore interpreting this to mean that they are in fact connected to nothing.
since the Patches, and Updates are already within the system, would it be wise of me to simply delete all but the ones that show in the Add-Remove Panel?
These seem to me now to be noting more than useless uninstallers that will uninstall nothing as they are disconnected. Am I correct in this assumption or am I missing something?.
I should also mention that this is a great part of the reason as to why her computer is now slow, sluggish and doesn't work anywhere near as well or fast as it did.
My question then is;
Will I cause any damage by simply dumping these "Updates and Patches" uninstallers?
Any thoughts?
I would appreciate the advice
Thanks
Aaron :)

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by mac1ne In reply to Redundant Patches and Upd ...

you don't mention your OS, in XP Pro make sure you have checked the "show updates" check box at the top of Add/Remove Programs, you should then see all your hotfixes and updates

you can delete old uninstall folders if you really want to, but I wouldn't blame your deteriorating performance on them....

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by Aaron A Baker In reply to

My Aplogies for the late comeback;
I had thought noone had bothered to answer.Then I come along and you're all here, I thank you.
AS for the Slugishness, I am not sure what is causing it, it seems to take forever to start up and shut down. Then actually going through the program is also a bit of an ordeal.
It was never like this before the plethora of MS Updates,hotfixes and Patches.
That's why I thought the problem ,might lie there.
Thans for the Response.
Aaron

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Redundant Patches and Upd ...

A lot of the MS Patches once applied can not be removed so this is the most likely reason why they are not showing up in the Add/Remove Window. They shouldn't really be affecting performance unless HDD space is Way Down.

I would start off by doing the usual things installing Spy Ware Removal Tools and running scans in Safe Mode and once the system is clean runing DEFRAG several times most times this cures all the problems that most people have with any Windows Computer.

At the same time I would download the HDD Makers Test Utility and test the HDD to see if it's still A OK as quite often slow performance is a sign of a HDD starting to go bad.

As for removing anything from the Windows Folder I always advise against this unless it is in the Temp Folder whos contents can safely be deleted but anything else I always advise against as Windows by its very nature is an unstable beast that you need to be very careful with.

Col

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by Aaron A Baker In reply to

My Aplogies for the late comeback;
I had thought noone had bothered to answer.Then I come along and you're all here, I thank you.
Hi Col;
I'll give this a try. But I'v even gone throughthe system meticulously, done every folder, emptied out everything and still didn't get any speed out of her until I got reid of "Most" of the update.God, some of those folders hold anywhere from 3 to 400 Mgs of program, This is an Updte? I've also wondered if other things were being downloaded in to the unit along with the Updates. All I know for sure, is that Before the Updates, the system was fast and smooth whereas after the Updates, it was sluggish.
I will go and look for the HDD info and hopefully there will be something there that gives a boost.
Thanks for coming back to me Col;
Warmest Regards
Aaron

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by G... In reply to Redundant Patches and Upd ...

Did you marked the "show update" in Add-Remove Panel?
There are 2 thing that I think you should keep in mind.
First there are more then 4 update-patch in windows. Some may not show because there's a newer patch and only the last one is there. But the latest one needs the earlier one (sometimes) or if you remove the latest one, the one just before has to be there.
Second: why would you want to uninstall those anyway?
Now some of the files there are probably uninstaller but make sure of it. You don't want to delete some necessary patches-updates.
There's no harm removing uninstallers if you're sure you'll never have to uninstall.

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by Aaron A Baker In reply to

My Aplogies for the late comeback;
I had thought noone had bothered to answer.Then I come along and you're all here, I thank you.
Yes, I am aware of the "Show all Update" Checkmark and have indeed used it.
However picture this,there are pver 112 Updates on her Computer and the grand total of them is approx 4Gb of files.
When this is takeninto consideration, you can't help but wonder, a]Just how muchof this is actually needed? and Should I remove them before that computer chokes to Death?
As for the uninstalling, I do it normally, unless the problem get's serious, then I dump and re-install.
Much faster and far more easier to do than track down some itenerant piece of file.
Thanks for the comeback.
Regards
Aaron

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by NZ_Justice In reply to Redundant Patches and Upd ...

The application TweakAll 3 which can be downloaded from the below link

http://www.majorgeeks.com/downoad.php?det=101

Has an add remove Function that will give you a list of all possible add remove options.

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by Aaron A Baker In reply to

My Aplogies for the late comeback;
I had thought no one had bothered to answer.Then I come along and you're all here, I thank you.
Thanks for the address, I shall defenitely check this out. However I can't help but feel that surely there must come a time when Microsoft says enough Updates instead of just pouring them in. That's the reason I NEVER have Auto Update on, they'fill my computer up withe crap the same as they do my clients and I'd be in the same boat.
So for my own system,I've decided to stick to the old axiom
"If it ain't broke, Don't fix it."
So far so good.
Thanks for the comeback and the address
Regards
Aaron

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