i386 folders and files what are they for?

  patso 22:22 08 Nov 08

i have found two folders on my hard drive they are very big,they have numbers before them which i am going to give first-a61581620b18b8b28bd2cec87abc86 and 63a2a3176f57e4b06556dbba. the first folder is 329 mb and the second 266 mb,when i open them they are both i386 files but the files inside are different,can anyone tell me what these are for and do i need them as i only havve a 40 gig hard drive believe it or not with xp home and sp3.

  Fingees 22:25 08 Nov 08

They contain the files needed to repair/install windows in case of a problem.

saves asking for the CD.

  patso 22:41 08 Nov 08

ok thanks ill leave them as they are,if its not broke dont fix it ,thanks again fingees

  MAT ALAN 23:16 08 Nov 08
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:40 09 Nov 08


are folders left over from installs of the service packs SP2 and SP3.

they can be deleted as you do not need them.

there maybe anther i386 folder on your drive
c:\i386 or c:\windows\i386 if there is leave it alone.

  lotvic 11:49 09 Nov 08


  patso 15:37 09 Nov 08

ok thanks again i will leave alone just in case cheers and thanks for the replies

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