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WinXPSP2 :How to remove previous system file backup??

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  1. zenblue

    zenblue New Member

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    I have installed winxpsp2 over winxpsp1...the installation was smooth and everything is running fine...during installation, i was asked to backup my existing system files and as there wasnt any other option not to backup, i just followed...

    Now there is a folder by the name of "$NtServicePackUninstall$" in my windows folder incase i decide to uninstall sp2 later on...the size of this folder is huge, about 350MB...as im not going to uninstall sp2 anyways, this HD space is just getting waste...Can anyone please suggest how to get rid of this folder and recover the wasted HD space??...i tried from Add/Remove Program and it just uninstalled sp2 and didnt give any option to remove backup files, so i had to install sp2 again.....IS THERE ANY WAY TO REMOVE THIS FOLDER IN A PROPER WAY & RECOVER HD SPACE OR DO I HAVE TO JUST DELETE THIS FOLDER??>...PLS SUGGEST...

    Thanks..
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    You can unistall SP2 again and reinstall it with /N switch ...
     
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    Use the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel
    Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
    Click to select the Show Updates check box.
    Click Windows XP Service Pack 2, and then click Remove.
    Follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP2.
    Use the hidden $NtServicePackUninstall$ folder
    Click Start, click Run, type c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst\spuninst.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
    When the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Removal Wizard starts, click Next.
    Follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP2.
    Use the System Restore process
    Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
    Click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.
    Click the date that you installed Windows XP SP2, and then click Installed Window XP Service Pack 2 in the Restore Point box.
    Click Next, and then follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP2.
    Use Recovery Console
    Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

    If you cannot successfully remove Windows XP SP2 by using one of the previous methods, follow these steps:
    Insert the Windows XP startup disk in your floppy disk drive or insert the Windows XP CD in the CD drive or in the DVD drive, and then restart your computer.

    Note When you receive the following message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD:

    Press any key to boot from CD

    Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or the DVD drive, see the documentation that came with your computer or contact the computer manufacturer.
    When you receive the Welcome to Setup message, press R to start the Recovery Console.

    NoteMultiple options will appear on the screen.
    Select the Windows XP installation in question.

    Note You must select a number before you press ENTER, or the computer will restart. Typically, only the 1: C:\Windows selection is available.
    If you are prompted to type an administrator password, do so. If you do not know the administrator password, press ENTER. (Typically, the password is blank.)

    Note You will not be able to continue if you do not have the administrator password.
    At the command prompt, type cd $ntservicepackuninstall$\spuninst, and then press ENTER.

    Note After you complete this step, you cannot stop the removal process.
    At the command prompt, type batch spuninst.txt, and then press ENTER.

    Note The Spuninstal.txt file appears. As the file scrolls down, you will see errors and files being copied. This is normal behavior.
    After Windows XP SP2 is removed, type exit, and then press ENTER.
    Restart your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, press F8 as the computer restarts.
    Note After you restart, the system may lock up with a black screen. (Your mouse will work.) In this case, restart again by turning the computer off and then back on. The second restart will let you to log on.
    When your computer restarts, Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) does not run, and the Windows icons and the Start button are unavailable. To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
    Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to start Task Manager.
    Click File, and then click New Task (Run...).
    In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
    Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcSs

    On the right side of the viewing pane, right-click ObjectName, click Modify, type LocalSystem in the Value data box, and then click OK.
    Restart your computer
    Use one of the previous methods to remove Windows XP SP2 from your computer
     
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    just delete it and see what happens . if u dont want to risk it , go to safe mode and rename the folder and restart in normal mode and see what happens . if nothing happens , just delete the folder and rename it back . good idea to just rename just the last letter of the folder . plz post if ur successfull or not and what error u get if u get any
     
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    i just deleted it and nothing happened...everything is working normally...but as a precuation, before totally deleting the folder, i moved the folder from Windows folder to Desktop..then i worked on my computer for 1-2 days as i would have done normally and looked for any errors and all...NOTHING happened..so finally i deleted it altogather..

    but pls remember that after deleting the folder if you try to uninstall sp2 from Add/remove program you will get an error saying :

    "Uninstaller Error

    An error occurred while trying to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2. It may have already been uninstalled. Would you like to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2 from the Add or Remove programs list?"

    if you have completely deleted the folder from computer then you can safely remove this entry from Add/remove programs..
    To be on safe side, its a good idea to set up a System Restore Point before doing all this exercise...incase something goes wrong, you can go back to working state...
    Also pls read the link given by ""id10t""..it has all the info...
    hope this info will be helpful...take care...
     
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