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Windows 7: Update is available that enables you to delete outdated Windows update

14 Oct 2013   #31
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes, it seems to be similar. Makes you wonder why MS hadn't included this extra disk cleanup thing earlier.

Useful for them to do it now, as it may ameliorate somewhat the calls for SP2. MS may still end up doing SP2 next year, it depends how much pressure there is. They claim to be listening.



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14 Oct 2013   #32
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If I remember correctly there was a cleanup after SP1 was installed. Not sure if it was similar.
It is similar, yet different. The SP cleanup tool establishes the SP 1 version as the new baseline, i.e. all the components, features and files are at SP1 version and all the older ones, from RTM to SP1, are removed. The Service Pack cannot be uninstalled any more because there are no older components and files to roll back to.

That brings us to..
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
I'm guessing this isn't an option on Win 8.1? Or is it?
Windows 8.1 has an even ''stronger'' version of this command included, where you can pick any point in time and run the command (there is no GUI though, you have to use the console) to establish the present state of your Windows installation as your baseline. Unlike this Windows 7 tool, or the Windows 8 DISM command (which is also a background task Windows 8 runs automatically) where you can always roll back at least to RTM (in Windows 8) or SP1 (in Windows 7, now), while the interim updates get removed - using that ''stronger'' option in Win 8.1 rolling back becomes impossible, all versions older than the ones presently used are removed. This is the command

Code:
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
It is all documented here.
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14 Oct 2013   #33
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Disk clean up got rid of 9.35 GB of which 6.74 GB were service pack back up files. Nice ...
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14 Oct 2013   #34
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Service pack backup files has been an option all along, but good you found it. That's a big amount recovered!

A Guy
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14 Oct 2013   #35
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

OK Thanks Shawn - first cab off the rank for the tutorial.
Thanks Teerex / A Guy.
What should I use please? How often should I run it?

I vaguely remember that SP1 upgrades from pre SP1 (as opposed to SP1 enabled installs) gave issues with system Restore? Does this mean users with a pre SP1 enabled install and used a subsequent upgrade should do a clean install using an SP1 ISO when time permits? BTW I never rely on System Restore but opt for System Image Restores.

If my questions confuse be kind and I'll elaborate.
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14 Oct 2013   #36
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Michael,

You don't need to do anything other than making sure that you have the update installed to add that option to Disk Cleanup.

You could run it as often as you like since it's just Disk Cleanup. It depends on how much junk you accumulate, but probably once a month is good.
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15 Oct 2013   #37
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok, so this is interesting...

Disk size was 137GB before deleting 2.3gig of outdated files. After deletion... HD still sitting at 2.3gig

Anyway nice program as I was able to rid myself of 2.3gig outdated junk.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scr View Post
Disk clean up got rid of 9.35 GB of which 6.74 GB were service pack back up files. Nice ...
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Service pack backup files has been an option all along, but good you found it. That's a big amount recovered!

A Guy
Quite true.
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15 Oct 2013   #38
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You could run it as often as you like since it's just Disk Cleanup. It depends on how much junk you accumulate, but probably once a month is good.
Although I am shivering in fear, absolutely terrified by the possibility of contradicting the Brink , I dare say once a month is too often. After running this tool once, it should be used once in a quarter, maybe even six months. The gains in one month would be negligible.
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15 Oct 2013   #39
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You could run it as often as you like since it's just Disk Cleanup. It depends on how much junk you accumulate, but probably once a month is good.
Although I am shivering in fear, absolutely terrified by the possibility of contradicting the Brink , I dare say once a month is too often. After running this tool once, it should be used once in a quarter, maybe even six months. The gains in one month would be negligible.
Thanks Shawn I had KB2852386 but hadn't run disk cleanup under admin for a long time. I cleaned up 6GB.
Teerex,
Be fearless. What are the consequences of running the disk system cleanup as often as you like? I would expect sometimes there would be little to get rid of.
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15 Oct 2013   #40
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Nothing really other than your time and not much to delete.
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