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Windows 7: Why the Difference in Cleaning?

09 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Why the Difference in Cleaning?

So I am wondering if there is some update that I missed or if this is something that you have to go and get from Microsoft.

I was reading some threads here about how Windows updates and that the newer update that supersedes older ones; that the older one does not get "flushed" out of your system. it sits there, basically taking up space. I know that if you use the roll back feature then I get that you need this. But what if your really happy with your system and you want to clean it out?

So I saw the process on how to do it, but it does not look like my system.

Picture 1 - this is a screen shot of where the first difference is. According to what I have seen, in Win7 when you go to Start>and type cleanmgr I keep seeing this picture of what pops up.

Picture 2 - this is what mine looks like. I don't have that button at the bottom that you see in picture 1. Then there is the next thing I am wondering about.

Picture 3 - here you can see that once you click the button depicted in picture 1, you get this screen. Now on this screen you see the line "Windows Update Cleanup", but in my picture 2 it is not listed.

So this is not a problem or a stability issue, but I was just wondering why mine is different. Am I looking at a different screenshot of Windows? Was there a patch that updated this that I missed? I just point out differences just to make sure.

My system is Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit

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09 Jan 2014   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Steve,

The tutorial below can help show you how to download the patch to add this. :)

Windows Updates - Remove Outdated Updates in Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Great thanks

I have been using an old tool called EeePC Shrinker and I am not sure if that tool does the same thing as this cleanmgr. Does anyone know if it does? If so I guess I will stay with it. If not, then I will go ahead and update my system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Jan 2014   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Check to see if you have KB2852386 installed.
(Start > view installed updates)

If you need that KB, see step 1 of this tutorial:
Windows Updates - Remove Outdated Updates in Windows 7
edit: which I now see Brink mentioned while I was composing this.

The button named "Clean up system files" just restarts the Disk Cleanup tool at the high integrity level (admin rights). Do you have User Access Control turned off? If so, then the Disk Cleanup tool already started with admin rights.
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17 Jan 2014   #5

Windows 8.1 Professional


Yes, the "Windows update cleanup" feature does something that no other cleaner (to my knowledge) can do.

The difference between your pictures 1 and 2, is as UsernameIssues stated. It means that you are always running as Admin, so you skip the first screen and go directly to the 2nd. It also means that your computer is more vulnerable to attack.
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