|I'm assuming you're talking of *.msp files, not *.msi files, although similar to the following applies to multiple copies of any file. |
NOTE that if you move your mouse cursor AT ALL while clicking on a file, Windows will automatically make a copy of the file in the same folder that is named "Copy of (the file name)"
If you do that more than once for the same file, it will automatically make "Copy of (the file name)(n).(the extension)", the number (n) being unique - (2),(3), etc. Those can definitely be deleted with no dire consequences.
They are listed at the BOTTOM of the folder list when you first make them, so people often don't know they're there at first - when you have exited the folder then go back into the same folder, then they are listed alphabetically under C.
You could search your computer's C drive for all such "Copy of....." files and delete them all, and then delete them in the Recycle Bin, with no dire consequences.
You may have multiple copies of the same 114mb file, if the installation of it failed over and over again.
- there would be a record in your Windows Update Update history info that the installation of it had failed over and over again. If so, there is probably an error code mentioned there you can investigate regarding a possible cause of why it did not install.
(Go to the Microsoft web site - Windows Update - if you don't see a link to your Update history, Express search for updates, then that link should be there.)
NOTE that a more complicated update may fail to install because an anti-malware program or third party software firewall you have installed has a resident module running - a part that is running all the time looking for suspicious activity - that is interfering with the updates installing properly.
It is a very good idea to DISABLE that / those resident module(s) from running when you install software, particularly if it is a complicated software installation, or "drivers" software for a device which often actually include more files than just the actual drivers.
If you don't know how to do that, tell us what anti-malware and third party software firewalls you have installed.
The files would have......
- the identical number of bytes when you RIGHT click on the file and choose Properties
- exactly the same full file name, except that the ones after the first one have (2) or similar at the end of the file name before .msp.
- the file date may be identical, or it may have the date of when the installation was attempted - in the latter case, the oldest dated one is the first one.
- the internal contents of the files would be identical. I know of nothing in XP in Windows itself that can compare the internal data, but XP has the legacy FC (File Compare) program built into it that you can use in cmd mode to do that.
Start - Run - type: cmd , click OK or press Enter
Type: FC (location and name of first file) (location and name of second file) , press Enter
FC C:\Windows\Installer\file_name.msp C:\Windows\Installer\same_name(2).msp
(If the folder name or file name has one or more spaces in it, you must use the 8 character Dos equivalent folder name, or the 8.3 character Dos equivalent file name with FC - e.g. for the My Documents folder - MyDocu~1. Type: dir |more (press Enter) at the cmd prompt on the black screen to see the Dos equivalent names. The bar beside more is "pipe" - the uppercase of \ ; more will show the results one page at a time if there are more lines than will fit on one screen. Lines with <DIR> on them - that's a folder name = the older name, Directory .)
If they are identical internally, you can delete all copies of the original file, or it might be better to delete all of them except the last copy. If you do that, delete them from the Recycle Bin too, once you have rebooted the computer and find Windows is still working okay.