Windows 7 - Can I delete IE7updates files

Asked By Peabody on 25-Aug-10 07:00 PM
I am running XP SP3 IE7.  I'd like to reduce the size of my C
partition to make imaging faster and easier, and one possible
deletion would be the windows\ie7updates folder contents.  it is all
KB stuff, several hundred MB.

If I will not need to uninstall any previous IE7 updates, can I delete
these files?  IE seems to work fine, so I think it is very unlikely
I would need to uninstall any of the previous updates.

I guess the same question would apply to the windows\ie7 folder
contents - if that is really IE6 stuff that would be needed for an
IE7 uninstall.  The lastest filedate is 9/1/07.

And yes, I know there is IE8 out there.  Still thinking about that.

Iceman replied to Peabody on 25-Aug-10 07:10 PM
There are some update files that can be safely deleted, and some that can
not. See:

Save Space After Installing Updates
PA Bear [MS MVP] replied to Peabody on 25-Aug-10 08:25 PM
If you think you will ever need to uninstall IE8, leave them be.

But you could see this discussion:
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
Bill in Co replied to Peabody on 25-Aug-10 10:25 PM
Several hundred KB will not make much difference in backup/restore times, but
several *GB* sure would, however.   So, I'd skip it.

Why is it taking so long?   I am running Acronis True Image, and can backup
(a FULL backup - not incrementals/differentials!!) 20 GB in 10 minutes or
so, even on my old 1.6 GHz machine.   So that is NOT long!   And restore
takes about 25 minutes; big deal.
Doum replied to Bill in Co on 27-Aug-10 04:44 PM
I agree with you, I have a double-boot installation of XP Pro 32 bits and
Win7 Home Premium 64 bits and using the "Save and Restore" feature of Win7
it takes about 20 minutes to create an image containing both system drives.

To the OP, reducing the partition size will not reduce the time it takes to
make an image, it is the "used space" that counts.


George Neuner replied to Doum on 28-Aug-10 01:10 PM
it is that term "image" that confuses people.  In the Unix/Linux and in
the CD/DVD world, "image" means a block level copy of the whole volume
(or in the CD/DVD case, of the written portion).

In the Windows world, many backup programs abuse the term "image" to
mean a directory structured copy of all the files.  This leads to
confusion when people are aware of other usages.