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Windows 7: C:\Boot Language Files


10 Feb 2010   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
C:\Boot Language Files

There are about 22 additional foreign language files in this folder, that occupy ~2GB of harddrive space. If a person is like myself, and only speaks English, is there any good reason to leave these files alone?

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10 Feb 2010   #2

XP Vista 7
 
 

c:\boot language files is not a built in folder. languages are not installed in that folder either. check control panel>Region and language>keyboard and languages tab>install/uninstall languages button>choose Uninstall display languages. that will show you what languages are installed...if it's only english, then i'd say it's safe to delete the folder
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10 Feb 2010   #3

W7, Xp Pro
 
 

with the hard drives you have i don't see the need to remove them.
handy if you install some software that could use them later??

i may be wrong though
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10 Feb 2010   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

PoPPeR,

Perhaps I should clarify, the folder is C:\Boot, which is an essential built-in folder, required for booting. It is simply not visible, unless "Hide protected system files" is disabled in Folder Options>View. The language files are within multiple subfolders. I suspect that these are used to set the language upon installation, but I'm not certain. The only thing that I can think of that these could be used for, is displaying foreign language characters on a webpage, but I think that is not the case.
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10 Feb 2010   #5

XP Vista 7
 
 

is this a company laptop? your IT department might have left it there for ease of installing other languages. follow these and check if other languages are installed.

control panel>Region and language>keyboard and languages tab>install/uninstall languages button>choose Uninstall display languages. that will show you what languages are installed...if it's only english, then i'd say it's safe to delete the folder
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10 Feb 2010   #6

XP Vista 7
 
 

sorry, disregard my posts.
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10 Feb 2010   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PoPPeR View Post
is this a company laptop? your IT department might have left it there for ease of installing other languages. follow these and check if other languages are installed.

control panel>Region and language>keyboard and languages tab>install/uninstall languages button>choose Uninstall display languages. that will show you what languages are installed...if it's only english, then i'd say it's safe to delete the folder
No, this is a desktop that I built myself for personal use.
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10 Feb 2010   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

PoPPeR,

English is the only language shown in Region And Language, but I found something else that I'm curious about...the item tagged for (64 bit only). Any idea what that is for? The window displayed by the Properties button says that "This property setting for ink correction is not available.


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10 Feb 2010   #9

XP Vista 7
 
 

found this: How to Delete a System File in Windows 7 or Vista - the How-To Geek

How to Delete a System File in Windows 7 or Vista

Warning: Do not delete system files. Bad things will probably ensue.
If you need to delete or overwrite a system file in Windows 7 or Vista, you’ll quickly notice that you cannot delete system files, even as administrator. This is because Windows system files are owned by the TrustedInstaller service by default, and Windows File Protection will keep them from being overwritten.
Thankfully, there’s a way that you can get around this. You need to take ownership of the files, and then assign yourself rights to delete or modify the file. For this, we’ll use the command line.
Open an administrator command prompt by typing cmd into the start menu search box, and hit the Ctrl+Shift+Enter key combination.

To take ownership of the file, you’ll need to use the takeown command. Here’s an example:
takeown /f C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui
That will give you ownership of the file, but you still have no rights to delete it. Now you can run the cacls command to give yourself full control rights to the file:
cacls C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui /G geek:F
Note that my username is geek, so you will substitute your username there.
At this point, you should be able to delete the file. If you still can’t do so, you may need to reboot into Safe Mode and try it again. For the filename in the example, I was able to overwrite it without safe mode, but your mileage may vary.
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10 Feb 2010   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PoPPeR View Post
found this: How to Delete a System File in Windows 7 or Vista - the How-To Geek

How to Delete a System File in Windows 7 or Vista

Warning: Do not delete system files. Bad things will probably ensue.
If you need to delete or overwrite a system file in Windows 7 or Vista, you’ll quickly notice that you cannot delete system files, even as administrator. This is because Windows system files are owned by the TrustedInstaller service by default, and Windows File Protection will keep them from being overwritten.
Thankfully, there’s a way that you can get around this. You need to take ownership of the files, and then assign yourself rights to delete or modify the file. For this, we’ll use the command line.
Open an administrator command prompt by typing cmd into the start menu search box, and hit the Ctrl+Shift+Enter key combination.

To take ownership of the file, you’ll need to use the takeown command. Here’s an example:
takeown /f C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui
That will give you ownership of the file, but you still have no rights to delete it. Now you can run the cacls command to give yourself full control rights to the file:
cacls C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui /G geek:F
Note that my username is geek, so you will substitute your username there.
At this point, you should be able to delete the file. If you still can’t do so, you may need to reboot into Safe Mode and try it again. For the filename in the example, I was able to overwrite it without safe mode, but your mileage may vary.
I haven't gotten to that point yet, I'm still pondering my first question.
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