can you delete ESD folder in win8?

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  1. tommo123

    tommo123 Platinum Member

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    looks like the setup files for installation (already have a bootable USB installer and ISOs).

    it's at c:\ESD

    safe to remove? i did a cleanup and it removed a few gigs of stuff from the update from win7 but didn't touch this
     
  2. mikeymikec

    mikeymikec Diamond Member

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    You could try renaming it first, see whether Windows burps, if it does, boot off DVD and go to the repair console to rename it back.
     
  3. Ferzerp

    Ferzerp Diamond Member

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    If it's setup info, it would be needed for the automatic re-install functionality.
     
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    tommo123 Platinum Member

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    what the hell is automatic reinstall? that sounds ominous! seriously
     
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    Ferzerp Diamond Member

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    The option you pick when you've screwed up your computer so much that you want to re-install, but not deal with media, etc.
     
  6. tommo123

    tommo123 Platinum Member

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    ah ok. if it was that bad it wouldn't boot anyway.

    well, it let me rename it so i'll remove. as i said i have a bootable usb drive and an iso so can repair if needs be,

    p.s anyone else get flashbacks to fdisk and the old days when installing newer OS?
     
  7. mikeymikec

    mikeymikec Diamond Member

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    If by flashback you mean a pleasant nostalgic moment, then no. FDISK was a complete bugger for anyone who can remember the swings and roundabouts if you specifically wanted a FAT16 or FAT32 partition, the version of FDISK you used, file system limitations, argh. Then there's the pain of having to boot from floppy to make partitions to even start a Win9x install rather than just booting from CD/DVD. The only thing I miss about Win9x is my bloody "Fade to Black" game, that was quite enjoyable :)

    Having said that, I occasionally find a partition structure that Vista/7 can't delete when I want it to. On those occasions I usually reach for say a FreeBSD install disc :)
     
  8. Viper GTS

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    Diskpart from a command line is your friend, I've yet to see anything the clean command wouldn't nuke even when the UI wouldn't do it.

    Viper GTS
     
  9. mikeymikec

    mikeymikec Diamond Member

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    I'll have a play with it the next time I'm in such a fix. It isn't common for the Win7 partition editor to not work, so it might be a while. Thanks for the tip!
     
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