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Windows 7: Windows Updates - Remove Outdated Updates in Windows 7

17 Oct 2013   #30
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Thanks for the confirmation Derek: Disk Cleanup only offers a list item and checkbox for Windows Update Cleanup if the scan finds superseded Windows Updates.
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So I was asking other members to confirm my suspicion that if there are no WU to clean, then disk cleanup doesn't present the option to tick. In other words, this behavior might be by design.
Yes, I just checked it and there were none to cleanup so no option to tick.

This tutorial could use a couple screenshots in the first post.



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18 Nov 2013   #31
howiewowie

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

thanks for the help my system just out of the blue began to work on 11/17/13 and it removed windows updates it did not need and cleared out 5 Gb now when I open disk cleaner it is there now with windows updates check box...windows does tricks sometimes ever since I known it from win 3.1
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18 Nov 2013   #32
howiewowie

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
no check box

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
Thanks for the confirmation Derek: Disk Cleanup only offers a list item and checkbox for Windows Update Cleanup if the scan finds superseded Windows Updates.
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
So I was asking other members to confirm my suspicion that if there are no WU to clean, then disk cleanup doesn't present the option to tick. In other words, this behavior might be by design.
Yes, I just checked it and there were none to cleanup so no option to tick.

This tutorial could use a couple screenshots in the first post.
yes it was the same for me and I just forgot about it for approx. 2-4 weeks yesterday I was cleaning up disk and a question popped up asking me if I wanted to remove windows updates not needed of course I checked ok well the check box is there now when or if I want to use it...it wasn't there before
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17 Nov 2014   #33
rskotecha

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I tried the option "Windows Update Cleanup" multiple times, after clicking OK, it runs for a while and the window disappears. After reboot, I don't see any Windows Update Cleanup related messages on screen. Even after reboot, when I run disk cleanup, it shows the amount of space that can be cleaned up by Windows Update Cleanup same as earlier.

Any idea, what could be wrong with the Windows Update Cleaning.

Thanks


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03 Mar 2015   #34
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello Shawn my 256GB SSD is filling up rapidly and I have cut the programs to the bone run CC done the disk clean up and looking for other stuff to clean came across old unwanted updates but I don't have an option in disk clean up for that. Is this because I have a corrupted install? I hope not because I am up to number five now because of problems of one sort or another

Sorry mate just found it under system clean up


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03 Mar 2015   #35
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hey John,

If you haven't already, make sure that you did step 1 to install this option.

Next, it looks like you need to click on the Clean up system files button to elevate Disk Cleanup to have the option available.
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03 Mar 2015   #36
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok Shawn I found that update stuff in Clean up system files and to be honest there was less than 3MB in there the majority of stuff seems to reside in program files and there really is only stuff I use.

Seems odd to me that the larger the drives get the quicker one fills them - remembering when we used to have 80MB drives and having a job to fill even a third of them. But I suppose the programs have got that much larger eh?

PS Meant to say I already had that update on the machine it is just that it seems to be chewing through disk space and really I have the same programs on all of the machines just it has been a problem child for a long time.
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03 Mar 2015   #37
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah, it does seem like the bigger the drive, the faster they fill up.
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15 Oct 2015   #38
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
remove outdated updates

Hello Brink, I read through this tutorial that dates from 8 October 2013 ( Using disk clean-up to remove outdated updates ).

I have some questions about that. First, Who decides that a certain update is outdated? I think they are never outdated really.
When they find out that some update was wrong or had a mistake in it they don't say take it away, they send a new one to correct the old one.

Also if you remove old updates, you don't have you'r update history in tact anymore. Does that matter ?
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15 Oct 2015   #39
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Actually Thelma and I stand to be corrected but updates install stuff that slightly corrects the existing file/s and the left over bits or overwritten files - whatever are cleared out by running the disk clean up anyway I think Brink will let you know in far greater detail than I can. My only worry with this is one loses restore points but I could be wrong on that too.

The other issue re that 10 update Brink can let you know which tutorials he referred me too or at least the one I couldn't remember.
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