General discussion

Locked

service packs eating up disk space

By knluwuge ·
After having updated my Windows NT 4.0 workstation with sp4, sp5 and currently sp6 i have run out of Disk space out my 2GB HDD.

I have discovered that there are system files duplicated in C:\I386, C:\Winnt\system32 and in
C:\winnt\%NtServicePackUninstall%

Can I delete C:\I386 which contains the oldes files and C:\winnt\%NtServicePackUninstall% which seems to hold files for unistallation purposes only?

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

11 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by johntech In reply to service packs eating up d ...

When installing service packs you are given the option to save your old files.This takes up a lot of valuable space so is not recommended. Yes you can delete the old ones,
but make sure you have CD access to re-install NT or SP6 if required.

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by knluwuge In reply to service packs eating up d ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by Ann777 In reply to service packs eating up d ...

actually when installing sp6a, you are installing to a temp folder. Before the actual install takes place, COPY everything from there to c:\i386 ... then complete the install. Thereafter, when installing any new hardware or software... point the install to c:\i386 and since the service pack upgrade has overwritten the OS original files, you do not need to update the service pack install again. This saves a LOT of time.

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by knluwuge In reply to service packs eating up d ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by John H. In reply to service packs eating up d ...

Yes, you can delete them. If you only have 2GB, I would recommend leaving the service pack on the cd or copying it to a network drive where you have some space. Even better would be to get a bigger hard drive. They are cheap enough now that you could more than triple your hdd for $50 or less.

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by knluwuge In reply to service packs eating up d ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by schitzoid In reply to service packs eating up d ...

C:\winnt\%NtServicePackUninstall% can be safely deleted if your'e not worried about uninstalling, c:\i386 is probabley installation file from either the service pack cd, the the workstation cd, or the expanded service pack. If you have the originalworkstation cd, and sp6 saved on somewhere else, both should be safe to delete.
!!c:\winnt\system32 IS WINNT!! ('nough said)]

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by knluwuge In reply to service packs eating up d ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by chris hirst In reply to service packs eating up d ...

As with all answers Yes you can delete all the Uninstall Folders. The C:\i386 folder will be the original setup files as it is much quicker and simpler in the long run to have the setup folder available at any time. With reference to answer 3 a bigger H.D. would not make any difference as (Quite Correctly) the system drive will be formatted to FAT16 ( limited to 2Gb [2047Mb])

Collapse -

service packs eating up disk space

by knluwuge In reply to service packs eating up d ...

Poster rated this answer

Back to Windows Forum
11 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next

Related Discussions

Related Forums