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Windows 7: can i get rid of the hotfixes backup?


08 Apr 2010   #1

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 
can i get rid of the hotfixes backup?

Hi
often my Windows 7 updates
well is there a way or a program to clean the backup?
i mean i guess when Windows 7 installs updates it keep the old files as backup

at least ,xp did backup files after an update

is there a program to get rid of invain backup?

thanks


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08 Apr 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

I really don't think that they take up much space, but it should be safe to delete them.

Here's a forum topic discussing the matter in detail with Microsoft Professionals: Link

Here's a link from the Vistax64 forums discussing it some more: Link

If you really want to remove temporary files, download a program like CCleaner

warning   Warning
If you download CCleaner, don't use the Registry Cleaner option
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08 Apr 2010   #3

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
I really don't think that they take up much space, but it should be safe to delete them.
Actually every update force fed to you by Microsoft ends up on your system 3 times... The installed version, the reinstall version and the backup of the old files for system restore. Over time the bloat this causes can take up huge amounts of space on your system... I saw one XP installation, fully updated, with 1.2gb of operating system files and over 3gb of updates....

These are generally stored in hidden folders (named for the updates) in the windows directory... IF you are not using system restore it is safe to delete them.
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08 Apr 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
I really don't think that they take up much space, but it should be safe to delete them.

Here's a forum topic discussing the matter in detail with Microsoft Professionals: Link

Here's a link from the Vistax64 forums discussing it some more: Link

If you really want to remove temporary files, download a program like CCleaner

warning   Warning
If you download CCleaner, don't use the Registry Cleaner option
Since I always have, and I'm a long time user of CCleaner, used the Registry Cleaner capability of CCleaner AND I've never encountered any problems, I'd like to understand your adversity to the Registry Cleaner portion of CCleaner.
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08 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
I really don't think that they take up much space, but it should be safe to delete them.

Here's a forum topic discussing the matter in detail with Microsoft Professionals: Link

Here's a link from the Vistax64 forums discussing it some more: Link

If you really want to remove temporary files, download a program like CCleaner

warning   Warning
If you download CCleaner, don't use the Registry Cleaner option
Since I always have, and I'm a long time user of CCleaner, used the Registry Cleaner capability of CCleaner AND I've never encountered any problems, I'd like to understand your adversity to the Registry Cleaner portion of CCleaner.
Unless one is knowledgeable about the registry, cleaning the registry can create problems. Several keys show up Ccleaner on my installation as pointing to nothing. This is correct. I do not have the software/objects installed these point to. However, if I delete them and later install a program that needs these objects, I can be in trouble if I have deleted them. And, yes, it has happened. Most certainly there are keys that can be safely deleted.
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08 Apr 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Interesting. Never have I run across the problem that a fresh install of a program was dependent upon entries made by a previous version into the registry.
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08 Apr 2010   #7

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Interesting. Never have I run across the problem that a fresh install of a program was dependent upon entries made by a previous version into the registry.
Hmmmm.... methinks that would take a really good crystal ball!
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08 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Interesting. Never have I run across the problem that a fresh install of a program was dependent upon entries made by a previous version into the registry.
Hmmmm.... methinks that would take a really good crystal ball!
Obviously, if you have uninstalled a program and Ccleaner finds traces of it, it is pretty safe to delete those keys.
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08 Apr 2010   #9

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
I really don't think that they take up much space, but it should be safe to delete them.
Actually every update force fed to you by Microsoft ends up on your system 3 times... The installed version, the reinstall version and the backup of the old files for system restore. Over time the bloat this causes can take up huge amounts of space on your system... I saw one XP installation, fully updated, with 1.2gb of operating system files and over 3gb of updates....

These are generally stored in hidden folders (named for the updates) in the windows directory... IF you are not using system restore it is safe to delete them.
yes i agree
but i 'm looking for a program to get rid of these backups
ccleaner can do it under xp
but not under 7
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08 Apr 2010   #10
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Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drugo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
I really don't think that they take up much space, but it should be safe to delete them.
Actually every update force fed to you by Microsoft ends up on your system 3 times... The installed version, the reinstall version and the backup of the old files for system restore. Over time the bloat this causes can take up huge amounts of space on your system... I saw one XP installation, fully updated, with 1.2gb of operating system files and over 3gb of updates....

These are generally stored in hidden folders (named for the updates) in the windows directory... IF you are not using system restore it is safe to delete them.
yes i agree
but i 'm looking for a program to get rid of these backups
ccleaner can do it under xp
but not under 7
The path of the installer is C:\Windows\Installer....but it is not like XP, when you unhidde the hidden folders, it does not show the updates. So i beleive when it got installed, only the installer in the path mentionned are left and the files are replaced during the windows update. When uninstall an update/hotfix it goes to the root folder to pick up the files. Much less place taken by the updates by now 7, If i'm correct!
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