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I have a 4 part question:

1) In my windows folder(on drive C:/) I've got several folders (9) titled $Nt+UninstallKB826939$ (each has a different number, and all but 1 has a spuninst folder in it. Are these files necessary, or can they be deleted safely (without causing any more problems).

2) There's a bunch of XML Document files, all with 0kb

(i.e., b2_t_ARTS%20ENTERTAINMENT&134). Can these be deleted?

3) I'm running windows xp, in the system details, NTFS is listed as the file system. there are 2 partitians on this HD, and the file system on the other partitian is FAT32. Why aren't they the same & why is the C: drive FS NT.

4) I have frequent freeze-ups on my machine. Is any of the above possibly a significant reason for this? Could someone please help me out with these situations?

Thanks for your help.



This question was answered on October 30, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

1 yes to your first question NT files or part of the operating system, so please do not delete or you my severly damage your OS.

2 yes you can delete the XML files.

3 maybe you forgot to choose your file system during partitioning.

A file system is the overall structure in which files are named, stored, and organized Windows supports three file systems: FAT, FAT32, and NTFS You choose a file system when you install Windows, format an existing volume, or install a new hard disk.

Before you decide which file system to use, you should understand the benefits and limitations of each file system Changing a volume's existing file system can be time-consuming, so choose the file system that best suits your long-term needs If you decide to use a different file system, you must back up your data and then reformat the volume using the new file system However, you can convert a FAT or FAT32 volume to an NTFS volume without formatting the volume, though it is still a good idea to back up your data before you convert.

4 make sure that all your programs are compatilble with your operating system

Compatible Hardware and Software overviewCompatible Hardware and Software is an informational service provided by Microsoft on the Internet that helps you decide which programs and hardware will work best with your computer Use Compatible Hardware and Software to preview products before you buy them, or to check whether the products you have now need to be updated The site is updated regularly, so you can always get the most recent information.

Search by manufacturer or product, or browse through lists of software and hardware devices When you find the product you are looking for, you can review the compatibility status provided to determine if this product works with Windows XP or if you need an update In many cases, Microsoft and other software and hardware vendors have tested a product and rated its compatibility with Windows XP In other cases, the product's compatibility status is determined through practical use Microsoft encourages other vendors to submit information about how well their product works with Windows XP.


To get the most up-to-date compatibility information, you must be connected to the Internet

Compatibility is not necessarily a complete list of programs and devices compatible with Windows XP It is a collection of products for which test data has been submitted to Microsoft If you do not find a specific product, contact the manufacturer and encourage them to register their product in the Windows Logo Program on the Microsoft Web site (go to and search for "Windows Logo Program")

you should also check event viewer.

To view more details about an event

Open Event Viewer

In the console tree, click the log you want

In the details pane, click the event you want

On the Action menu, click Properties


To open Event Viewer, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Event Viewer

To view binary data as characters, in the Data box, click Bytes To view binary data as DWORDS, click Words

To view details about the previous or next event, click the up or down arrow To copy the details of an event, click Copy

Not all events generate binary data Binary data can be interpreted by an experienced programmer or a support technician familiar with the source application

To retain the event description in binary data form, archive logs in the log file format (.evt) Saving logs in text format (.txt) or comma-delimited text format (.csv) discards the binary data

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 30, 2004