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Jody Thornton

Hf_Mig Folder on Windows Server 2003

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Hi Folks:

 

I am running a small file server with Windows Server 2003 Standard SP2, and as you might know, extended phase support finalizes next month.  Now once the updates are no longer coming, is it now completely safe to expunge the \Windows\hf_mig folder?  Or is there any other reason to keep it?  I noticed that updates from the last year or so have not used it at all.

 

To avoid double posting, would this be valid for Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems as well?

:)

 

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It appears that you normally wouldn't want to delete that folder... but that it is "ok" to do so if you will never try to uninstall a hotfix or update. That could be a big risk if you were to delete it (or at least its contents) and then some time in the future you run into a conflict with an update. I'm not sure if you could simply move the contents to something else, then restore it should you need to uninstall something. I do not know how Windows would react to that. :unsure:

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Removing the "NTuninstall" folders will disallow uninstall but will still be listed in Add/Remove.

If you take a look in HFMIG, you'll see the QFE branch of the Fixes showing. Not all fixes (but most) will go into it.

Web Archive (with link to MS KB article) -

https://web.archive.org/web/20140824082508/http://blog.ryantadams.com/2008/02/21/what-is-hf_mig-and-can-i-delete-it

 

I'll assume that *if* you'll never Update again, go ahead. *But* if you ever do, I'd have an archive of all of them offline befor attempting (any) updates again.

 

BTW, we still have until the middle of next month before Srv2K3 is "unplugged".

 

Oh, and I haven't tested installing with a "/nobackup" param to see if the MIG folder still gets populated.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/262841

 

HTH

Edited by submix8c

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That's right, I still have another batch of updates to await.

 

What I plan on doing a bit down the road is moving my server to a new box.  At which point, I'll just nLite an install disc of Windows Server 2003 with all of the updates built in, so it may be a moot point by then.  We'll see.

 

Thanks for the help guys!

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