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Windows 7: Update is available that enables you to delete outdated Windows update

08 Oct 2013   #1

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Update is available that enables you to delete outdated Windows update

Teerex brought this to my attention in this thread

If you already have taken updates, and have SP1, the update is already installed. It is well worth your while to run cleanmgr.exe. I had already manually removed a number of superseded updates and yet the cleanup removed 3.91GB! A significant number on an 80GB SSD. Thanks Teerex for bringing this to our attention.

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This article describes an update for the Disk Cleanup wizard in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

This update adds a new plugin to the Disk Cleanup wizard. After you install this update, you can use the Windows Update Cleanup option to delete Windows updates that you no longer need.

Notes
The Windows Update Cleanup option is available only when the Disk Cleanup wizard detects Windows updates that you do not need on the computer.

To enable you to roll back to previous updates, updates are stored in the WinSxS store even after they are superseded by later updates. Therefore, after you run the Disk Cleanup wizard, you may be unable to roll back to a superseded update. If you want to roll back to a superseded update that the Disk Cleanup wizard deletes, you can manually install the update.
Update is available that enables you to delete outdated Windows updates by using a new option in the Disk Cleanup wizard in Windows 7 SP1

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08 Oct 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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08 Oct 2013   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ooops, looked everywhere...but there I guess. I figured it was news as it can benefit many

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08 Oct 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No worries mate.
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09 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Worked for me and removed 4.41 GB. No problems when I got done.
I also found it was listed in Cleanup Disk Extended.
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09 Oct 2013   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

There is now a Microsoft blog post on this. Apparently this is a consolation gift to us Win 7 users for not getting a SP2 for Windows 7, especially for all those who brought their Windows 7 installations online a long time ago.

Instead of bringing SP2 to Windows 7, they brought Windows-8-style SxS cleaning to Windows 7. Well, I'd still prefer SP2, but I'll take this too...

P.S. This blog post is also a little misguided and misguiding, which I have pointed out there in the comments.

P.S. 2: You can freely delete up the copy of the DISM folder you will find in the User\Local Temp folder after running this tool.
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09 Oct 2013   #7
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Consolation Prize!!!

Far prefer SP2 pack...disk clean up takes me 10mns of my time and updates since SP1 are such time to install!
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09 Oct 2013   #8

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Yep, it seems likely there was pressure for SP2. Ms doesn't want to do that. Not because there is work involved ( they did SP2 for Vista , yet very few business/big clients were running that ).

It seems they don't want to make it easier to install. Given that so many are using it, business has only recently migrated to 7 , etc, they realised they had to do a little something. This is that little something.

It as great example of MS listening - they come up with something, not what they were asked for, but better than nothing.
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09 Oct 2013   #9

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It is a little buggy still, perhaps it needs an update already. LOL.

Every time you run it, a copy of dism is left in appdata - you could end up with several. It also keeps offering to remove 2.18 mb, but that never goes away.

I am sure those little glitches will be fixed. Useful for anyone who has had their installation for a long while.
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09 Oct 2013   #10

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Kudos and thanks fellers, got rid of almost 4gb
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