Tested on Windows XP, Requires WScript and VBScript (which would be with most Windows OS)
$NtUninstall Folders contain the uninstall information required if you chose to remove a Windows Updated Component, I don't know anyone who needs to do this, and usually if you do, you would be required to remove it the second it's been installed because it should give you problems instantly. This script will only remove those that are present now, so if you do another Windows Update, you'll end up with newer folders so if you have problems with the new updates, least you have the option of going into Add/Remove to remove the new update. If you have no problems, you can re-use this script to remove them.
Save the script as RemoveWindowsUninstall.vbs in Notepad or any Text Editor of your choice (Not Word Processor Documents)
Option Explicit Dim o, oShell, nConfirm Set o = WScript.Application o.Interactive = True Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") nConfirm = oShell.Popup("Do you want to remove Windows Update Uninstall Files?", 0, "Remove Windows Update Uninstall Files", 4 + 32) If nConfirm = 7 Then o.Quit 0 End If Dim oFSO, sWinDir, oFolder, oDictionary, oSubFolder, sFolderName, sFolderPath, sUpdateName, sDeleted Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") sWinDir = oFSO.GetSpecialFolder(0) sDeleted = vbNullString Set oFolder = oFSO.GetFolder(sWinDir) Set oDictionary = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary") For Each oSubFolder In oFolder.SubFolders sFolderName = LCase(oSubFolder.Name) sFolderPath = LCase(oSubFolder.Path) If Left(sFolderName, 12) = "$ntuninstall" And Mid(sFolderName, 13, 2) = "kb" Or Mid(sFolderName, 13, 2) = "q" Then sUpdateName = Mid(sFolderName, 13, Len(sFolderName) - 13) oDictionary.Add sUpdateName, sFolderPath End If Next For Each sUpdateName in oDictionary.Keys sDeleted = sDeleted & vbCrLF & sUpdateName sFolderPath = oDictionary.Item(sUpdateName) On Error Resume Next oShell.RegDelete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\" & sUpdateName & "\" On Error Goto 0 oShell.Run "%ComSpec% /C RD /S /Q " & Chr(34) & sFolderPath & Chr(34), 0, True Next If Len(sDeleted) > 0 Then MsgBox "The uninstall data for the following updates are now removed:" & vbCrLf & UCase(sDeleted), vbOKOnly + vbInformation, "Files Removed" sDeleted = vbNullString Else MsgBox "No Windows Update Folders found for removal", vbOKOnly + vbInformation, "Nothing To Do" End If o.Quit 0
Just run the program, and those pesky $NtUninstalls should be gone, I know there are other folders that could be removed too, but I'll look at doing that another time, the majority is made up of these $NtUninstalls.
I will be working on other scripts to remove Temporary Files, Cookies, Prefetch, Recent and any other nonsense I come across as I need to create a very basic clean up script that does all the tasks people usually need to do if they want to get some space back. So stay tune for that.