Is it safe to uninstall old & useless Updates

November 18, 2011 at 20:24:41
Specs: Windows XP
Is it safe to uninstall old and useless updates? How can I distinguish them whether they are old or not or whether they are useless or not and how can I remove them from my laptop xp. Thanks very much

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November 18, 2011 at 23:39:28
If you have installed SP3 what makes you think that any old and useless updates are installed?

The systeminfo utility will list installed updates, those shown without a KB number have been installed as part of a SP

Please come back & tell us if your problem is resolved.

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November 19, 2011 at 08:32:27
Updates as in the extra files can be removed but updates as in changes to the OS can not be removed as they are cumulative. They build up a system as in parts.
I think microsoft site has a way to tell how to remove the old files but you want to keep the changes to the system.

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November 19, 2011 at 08:52:48
All of these changes are built into the next service pack. When you install an SP the updates prior to the release of that SP are built into the SP and as such reference to these updates are removed from your system. Any Updates that occur after the SP are important and should be retained until the next SP is released. These updates are cumulative as mentioned above and should be retained. If you remove them Automatic Updates will reinstall them for you. Best to leave them alone.

As you are running XP don't hold your breath waiting for another SP.

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November 19, 2011 at 20:57:02
Removing Updates in the wrong order can ruin the operation of XP.
Removing Windows software updates in the wrong order may
cause the operating system to stop functioning

If you want more space on your HDD, then check out these ---
Tidying up after installing SP2
XP SP3: Post Installation Cleanup

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