Is it safe to delete .msi files??

October 12, 2005 at 22:00:22
Specs: Win XP Pro, P. Xeon 1.10 GHz 512 mb

Hi,

Windows XP has several folder that contain lots of files with the ".msi" extension. These files (or at least most of them) seem to be the installers to many of the programs that I have.

In my particular case, those ".msi" files amount to several hundred megabytes. Hard drive space is not a problem for me now, but I would like to know if it is really necessary to keep them.

Also, I can't understand why those ".msi" files are "scattered". I mean, there are files like those in several different folders.

Thanks for your ideas.

Juan


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#1
October 12, 2005 at 22:42:35

Hi Juan,

I am not really sure if deleting the *.msi's from the WINDOWS folder is a good practice. However, .msi's in the users, Local Settings > Temp folder can be deleted comfortably without any damage being caused to the functioning of the OS!

Cheers,
Ameya


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#2
October 12, 2005 at 22:56:16

Ameya is right there.
.msi files are installation files for patches and programs. Some of them are designated as "run once" and then go to the temp files to be deleted. Others are attached to the programs and can't be deleted without damaging the program/patch

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#3
October 15, 2005 at 19:34:54

Thanks for your replies!

Juan


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