LOTS of hidden files that are read only. PLEASE HELP!! This is a used PC which was refurbished... the hidden files. RRS feed

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  • Please help! I am affraid of deleting the wrong file types which are on our  computer which was once city owned & refurbished. Computer safety w/documents and performance. The loads of hidden/read only files boggles the mind. The ones which I'm asking about date back over 2 years. It is essential at this point to learn which types of files to delete w/out corrupting anything would be such a help. Locating C:\WINDOWS file name: $hf_mig$UninstallKB where the KB size is using several thousand files. The file names start as: $NtUninstallK which plenty others exist with the size being varied.
    • Changed type JimR1Moderator Tuesday, March 9, 2010 2:07 PM
    • Moved by JimR1Moderator Tuesday, March 9, 2010 2:13 PM Off topic. Not an MSE question. (From:Microsoft Security Essentials: Updating Virus and Spyware Definitions)
    Monday, March 8, 2010 6:30 AM

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  • off topic for the Security Essentials forum.

    Advice: If you do not know what the files are for in thw Windows folder, do not mess with them.

    If the PC is not infected and working, leave well enough alone, or find someone with the skills to look at this for you.

    Monday, March 8, 2010 7:45 PM
  • The files you mention are hotfix and service pack uninstallers. If you need the disc space you can copy the uninstallers to a dvd or other removable media then delete the uninstallers from your hard drive.

    Microsoft MVP Consumer Security - Forum Moderator - Live One Care - Live Mesh - Microsoft Security Essentials
    Tuesday, March 9, 2010 2:12 PM