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Is it safe to delete from C:\Windows\Installer?

Is the /windows/installer folder for files used during installation, and were not deleted for some reason?

Can I delete them?

(windows xp laptop)

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marked as duplicate by fretje, ChrisF, Robert Cartaino, quack quixote, BinaryMisfit Feb 7 '10 at 9:22

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dupe: superuser.com/questions/23479/… – fretje Feb 6 '10 at 22:39
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Windows needs those files if you want to Uninstall your programs later.

While you can delete them and your program will still work, the Uninstall/Reinstall options from Add/Remove programs will not work.

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Yes you can. This article may help. You will need a Microsoft utility to do so. As I understand. And, ideologically, programs, when installed, may recreate this directory. http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic109060.html

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