Delete Drivers in SYSTEM32\DRIVERS?

July 24, 2006 at 23:08:35
Specs: Windows XP SP2, 1024 MB/3.4 GHZ
I was wondering if it's safe to delete any .sys files in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS folder. There are some .sys files that I'm sure aren't needed and I was wondering if I could delete them. Also, if I do, can it improve system performance? I have 286 .sys files in the DRIVERS folder. Thanks

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July 24, 2006 at 23:52:33
Leave them there, you start friggin around with them you'll end with a ship load of problems. Freeing up 22 megs of harddrive space will not make your system perform any better...

Quote: Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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July 25, 2006 at 02:35:16

I have 297 Files in that Folder - 34.8 Mb - it has never occurred to me to do anything with them - leave them alone!


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July 25, 2006 at 04:02:19
I would'nt monkey around with them either, Windows WILL go bananas !

I couldn't resist.

However you can delete the entire contents [almost] of the \System32\dllcache folder to free up lots of space after you have backed it up first to a DVD-+RW or whatever, this I've done safely and to hell with SFC. Both folders get added to occassionly. "Drivers" is definately needed and all aboard it but 'dllcache' is a back up of system and other files in case something goes wrong, I never liked it which is why I nuked it and never suffered for it.

Maybe best to leave well enough alone on both counts.

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July 25, 2006 at 11:29:10
Hard drives are cheap. I you need more space add a new hard drive.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!

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July 26, 2006 at 18:24:31
Actually, it's not for freeing up space. I was just wondering if it would make things go more faster or efficiently.

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July 26, 2006 at 19:00:11
Wow! Thank you so much for that link ( inverto! I've heard of OneCare but I definitely didn't know that it would do that much!

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