When you install updates from Windows Update, backup folders are created for the files that were replaced during the update. These are created so that you can easily uninstall a particular Hotfix, if it causes problems with your system. If your system is running stable and you don't need to uninstall the hotfixes, then you can safely remove the backup files to free up disk space.
This utility will locate the Hotfixes that have created backup files on your system, and will remove those backups. It will also removes the associated Registry entries for these items in Add/Remove Programs.
NOTE: This utility does NOT remove application specific hotfix backups (Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Media player and etc.). It will only remove hotfix backups that are specific to the Windows XP operating system.
Additionally, you may not notice an immediate recovery of disk space. This is because the backup files are protected by System Restore. When they are deleted, System Restore places a copy in the most recent, or a new, restore point. As older restore points are flushed out, and new ones created, you'll see the space gain.
This is a one-way operation. If you remove the Hotfix backup files and the Registry entries, it cannot be undone, unless you back up these items manually.
Usage: Download the xp_remove_hotfix_backup.zip file and save it to your hard drive. Double-click the xp_remove_hotfix_backup.zip file and extract the EXE file inside to your hard drive. Double click xp_remove_hotfix_backup.exe to run the program.
The licensed version allows for selective deletion of Hotfix files and Registry entries. Licenses can be purchased here.
v2.1.6 - 05/29/2004 - Re-enabled this utility to run under Windows 2000. However, no support is offered for this utility under Windows 2000. Your use of this program on a Windows 2000 system is at your own risk and expense.
v2.1.5 - 10/25/2003 - Removed support for Windows 2000.
v2.1.0 - 10/19/2003 - Added support for selective deletion of Hotfix Backup files (licensed version only).
v1.2 - Updated 8/23/2003. This update corrects an issue where Windows Update checks the Registry for the presence of the "Uninstall" key for various Hotfixes. If the key wasn't present, Windows Update would prompt you to install some updates that had already been installed.
v1.1.3 Added support for the new KBxxxxxx number format. This version allows you to selectively choose to delete the Hotfix installation LOG files, as well.
v1.0.1 Corrected minor bugs when no Hotfix backups existed, and when one or more backup folders had been deleted manually. (Thanks to Mike Eastman for pointing this out).
This page last updated 06/03/2011 06:10
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