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Windows 7: No Windows 7 SP1 backup files

26 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 
No Windows 7 SP1 backup files

I installed SP1 and it went very smooth and it installed successfully and all is running OK. I did a disk cleanup just to see how big the backup files were for the service pack and it said O bytes. I thought it saved them. I haven't deleted any files so I wonder what happened to them.

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07 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yes, where are the backup files stored? Are they in one folder - I can't find any reference to them either, though I know they are there somewhere (my disk cleanup shows 920MB, not sure why yours would say zero - sounds a bit ominous!). No luck Googling this either so far.

I'd rather move them off my C drive and archive them elsewhere. Presumably returning them to their original location would enable me to remove SP1 if necessary.

Martin
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07 Mar 2011   #3

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Squid and Martinlest

You will need to right click and run Windows Disk Cleanup as Administrator or open regularly and click "Clean up System Files" in left bottom corner.

I had to run it twice as Admin. The first time it didn't detect the SP1 backups. Have no idea why.
Now there is a listing that has to be check marked. Yellow outlined in Snip.

Cleanup has to be run as Admin. or it won't show up.
Mike


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07 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Yours is also 0 bytes, why would you clean it up when there's nothing there ?
I've not come across this issue elsewhere.
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07 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 

I ran disk clean up 3 times as Administrator and it comes up 0 bytes. My computer says SP1 is installed so what happened to the backup files. It looks like if I wanted to remove it I wouldn't be able to cause there are no backup files. Is there a Command line that will remove them? Where are they at in the computer and I can see if there here?
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07 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Mine still says 920MBs, but can anyone please tell me where these files are stored?

M.
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07 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Open an elevated command prompt (click on the start orb, All Programs > Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Admin). Type the following at the prompt, then hit Enter.

dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded
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07 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Sorry, I am not sure who is answering who now. I don't want to clean up the files, I just need to know where they are so I can archive them. Thanks
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07 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by martinlest View Post
Sorry, I am not sure who is answering who now. I don't want to clean up the files, I just need to know where they are so I can archive them. Thanks
The reply was for the OP.

As for your question, all OS files reside in the winsxs folder so all files superseded by SP1 would also be there. However, given the enormous no. of files in that folder and the fact that it stores multiple versions of the same file (hence the name side by side sxs), I would advise you not to go fishing there. Superseded files obviously get flagged so they are removed by the DISM command.

And why exactly do you want to archive them?
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07 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If SP1 is working with no problems there is no need to ever remove it, your os is updated to the best version so now make a backup of the os so you can get back to this point whenever needed.
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