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How to Remove $NtUninstall Folders?

One would love to have some extra hard disk space or regaining it, because no one likes to see a ‘Low Disk Space’ alert continuously on their screens, when there are ways to remove unwanted data and save some disk space for useful data.

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By enabling the view Hidden Files option and visiting the Windows folder, you will see many  folders which can really annoy you and make you think that your PC is not stable and is corrupted with a virus, however, there is no need to worry because all the $NTUninstall Folders you see are created after approval from you. Now let’s see how these were created and can we get rid of these numerous folders.

Windows NtUninstall Folders

Whenever you Activate the Windows Update feature in your Computer, the Operating System will connect your PC to the Internet and install Service Package along with lot of updates which are installed freshly or else by replacing older files with newer versions. If you carefully see how the Windows Update is performed you will find that generally a backup is taken after which the Update process is completed and this is the reason these folders are created. These are created with a Prefix of $NTUnistall followed by the Update version or code name. You can directly delete these folders but before you do this you need to know that some of these can be important folders too because they could have been recently installed and because of this the deletion of important backed-up files can lead to PC issues and if you plan for a uninstalling of any Hot Fixes you will find that the PC wont even restart and give you a error with no solution for the same.

When the Windows Update function is active, the OS will install Service Package with some other updates through internet replacing the old ones. If you analyze the process you will see that Windows is making a backup of every file that is updated, so this is the reason that you see a lot of folders. The folders are created with a prefix of $NTUnistall followed by the Update version or code name. You can directly delete these folders but before you do this you need to know that some of these can be important folders too.


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Therefore in order to make sure you are going for a complete uninstall, its recommended to use different utilities which can remove the corresponding Registry Entries for these folders. So here is the procedure:

Step 1:

You can directly visit the Windows Folder, then click on the Tools> Folder Options > View > Check on Show Hidden Files & Folders and then list folders by type. Note the Suffix of each NTUninstall folder which has a small KB Number, make a note of this and delete the folder.

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Step 2:

Next open Regedit via Start > Run > regedit, and in the Registry Editor, you need to expand SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall following which you need to delete the subkey [name/KB number, then Expand SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionApp ManagementARPCache & Delete the subkey [name/KB number].

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The above option is going to perfectly delete the folder and its associated Registry File, but because of this you wont be able to roll back or uninstall the never update and if you want to fix this you need to visit the Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and under this you will find a list of all the updates installed on your computer. These are generally shown after you select an option on the Top Right ‘Show updates’ after which a list of all the updates are shown along with the installation date, Click on Remove to uninstall the complete update and fix everything.

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