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SP3 does not clear $hf_mig$ or $NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$

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  • A normal service pack deletes all the superseded files and directories in the hidden directory c:\windows\$hf_mig$\, and deletes all the superseded backup files and hidden directories with names of the form c:\windows\$NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$\.

     

    SP3 does neither of these (although the relevant registry entries have all correctly gone).  The consequence is that about 1GB of hard disk space is wasted on useless files, which used to be the SP2 updates and backups.

     

    Does anyone else see the same issue?

    Monday, May 12, 2008 8:45 PM

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  •  rdhw wrote:

    A normal service pack deletes all the superseded files and directories in the hidden directory c:\windows\$hf_mig$\, and deletes all the superseded backup files and hidden directories with names of the form c:\windows\$NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$\.

     

    SP3 does neither of these (although the relevant registry entries have all correctly gone).  The consequence is that about 1GB of hard disk space is wasted on useless files, which used to be the SP2 updates and backups.

     

    Does anyone else see the same issue?

     

    I am also in the same situation.  It would be nice to have a list to delete these files from.  Any idea how obtain or generate one??

    Tuesday, May 13, 2008 2:09 PM
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    Evening Robin, Kitsap

      With my system running Sp3 these directorys and uninstaller files are still present.

     

      Here is the list of hotfixes included with Sp3. The only reason to keep these around is if you are going to restore Sp2. By a restore point or re-installation. As an alternative cd r\w disks are cheap.

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946480

     

    Cheers

     

    Keith

    Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:52 AM