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Windows 7: Disk Cleanup does not delete windows update files

26 Feb 2015   #21
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You might not have enough free space on [C] to run Windows Update cleanup ???
Did you look in Event Viewer to see if there are any errors ?
If you have hibernate turned on, turn it off, at least temporarily.
If you can temporarily move any User data to another drive to free up space, try that.
TFC is a more thorough temp file cleaner, and it's a "portable" program (no installation required).
TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer - Geeks to Go Forum


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26 Feb 2015   #22
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Laffer View Post
I did not include the other partition on the screenshot, because it was not relevant (merely primary partition, no additional statuses). Anyway, I acted as was recommended: set the W: partition as inactive, so only C: remained active. Windows wouldn't boot anymore so I had to copy the boot files to the windows partition again (using bcdboot C:\Windows) after which it booted again. I tryed running the cleanup utility as administrator again with a restart after, but it still wouldn't actually remove anything. I have included a screenshot of the current status.
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27 Feb 2015   #23
Laffer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, I'm glad to say the problem has been finally solved. Indeed there was not enough free space on C:. Luckily disabling hibernation gave enough free space, because I wouldn't have had anything else to remove as the partition already consists basically only of system files. Windows 7 really loves eating up the GBs. Thanks to DavidE and everyone else who were being helpful.
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27 Feb 2015   #24
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You're welcome and glad to hear it's solved.
Thanks for posting back with how you fixed it.
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27 Feb 2015   #25
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If you would of posted what I requested in post # 13 & 17 we would of seen that your drive didn't have enough free space. That is why I requested the information.

We don't request information because we can't find something else to do with our lives.
We request information so we can help others.


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28 Feb 2015   #26
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I don't know how much free space you have on [C] now, but i would not let my [C] drive get below 20%.
Some other programs may not work when there is not enough free space, such as defrag.
From what i know/remember defrag needs 15% free space.

Consider getting a larger Hard Drive so you can increase the [C] drive space.
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13 Apr 2016   #27
xcln

Windows XP, 7Pro, 7Ultimate, 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Laffer View Post
I have tryed running disk cleanup as administrator and I also tryed the method from the extended tutorial. If I'm correct, the extended method just gives you a bit more options to delete. Anyway, it didn't work. I have also tryed rebooting after cleanup, no effect.
Actually, I have read all the threads below (or above) as of 4/12/2016 and should mention this issue has not been saved in my case. This is for 267MB of Windows Update cleanup that are never really cleaned (they always reappear as 'to be cleaned' after cleanup w/ cleanmgr). There is plenty of space on the C drive of course, and this happens on all 4 of my Win 7 64 PC's, which are all very clean.
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29 May 2016   #28
batkamanoka

Windows 7 64 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xcln View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Laffer View Post
I have tryed running disk cleanup as administrator and I also tryed the method from the extended tutorial. If I'm correct, the extended method just gives you a bit more options to delete. Anyway, it didn't work. I have also tryed rebooting after cleanup, no effect.
Actually, I have read all the threads below (or above) as of 4/12/2016 and should mention this issue has not been saved in my case. This is for 267MB of Windows Update cleanup that are never really cleaned (they always reappear as 'to be cleaned' after cleanup w/ cleanmgr). There is plenty of space on the C drive of course, and this happens on all 4 of my Win 7 64 PC's, which are all very clean.
xcln: based on this
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b-13f38126c588

I did this - and I freed up about 1.2Gb
* Stop automatic updates
* run cmd as Administrator
* net stop wuauserv
* rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old
* net start wuauserv
(at this point verify that the SoftwareDistribution was recreated with a few MBs of space)
* exit
* Restart computer
* As administrator: Remove SoftwareDistribution.old

I hope this helps
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31 May 2016   #29
xcln

Windows XP, 7Pro, 7Ultimate, 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by batkamanoka View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xcln View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Laffer View Post
I have tryed running disk cleanup as administrator and I also tryed the method from the extended tutorial. If I'm correct, the extended method just gives you a bit more options to delete. Anyway, it didn't work. I have also tryed rebooting after cleanup, no effect.
Actually, I have read all the threads below (or above) as of 4/12/2016 and should mention this issue has not been saved in my case. This is for 267MB of Windows Update cleanup that are never really cleaned (they always reappear as 'to be cleaned' after cleanup w/ cleanmgr). There is plenty of space on the C drive of course, and this happens on all 4 of my Win 7 64 PC's, which are all very clean.
xcln: based on this
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b-13f38126c588

I did this - and I freed up about 1.2Gb
* Stop automatic updates
* run cmd as Administrator
* net stop wuauserv
* rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old
* net start wuauserv
(at this point verify that the SoftwareDistribution was recreated with a few MBs of space)
* exit
* Restart computer
* As administrator: Remove SoftwareDistribution.old

I hope this helps
INDEED - thanks for solving this annoying bug! - after moving that softwaredistribution.old folder I gained another GB, most likely should be OK, testing a windows update works fine.
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