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Default Windows update and free space - 10-22-2009, 06:31 PM

Every time I run windows update I lose free space. Eventually I will run out if this continues.

In Windows XP I could delete the install files from inside the Windows folder (either manually or with a utility) and free up space. There doesn't seem to be an equivalent folder inside Windows 7 - is it possible to recover some space or do microsoft assume everyone has limitless disk space?
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Default 10-22-2009, 08:10 PM

Do you mean you lose space every time you run it whether it installs anything or not?

It's normal to lose space when it installs new updates. How much space depends on whats being patched or installed.

I've never seen space get used when you just run the updater and it doesn't update anything.

How small is the SSD? MS recommends 16-20GB of hard drive space for just the OS not counting room for programs and other files.


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Default 10-22-2009, 08:15 PM

When you run Windows update, there are two things that get saved - one is uninstall data and the other is System Restore data. You can configure Windows to keep less system restore data, and can manually remove the uninstall info (C:\Windows\$NTUninstall...)


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Default 10-22-2009, 08:21 PM

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When you run Windows update, there are two things that get saved - one is uninstall data and the other is System Restore data. You can configure Windows to keep less system restore data, and can manually remove the uninstall info (C:\Windows\$NTUninstall...)
Very true, though I've never had a small enough system drive that I've ever needed to do that, though it's a good solution if he's that tight on space and isn't too worried in the long run about losing anything.

Thankfully the 64GB SSD I'm using on mine for W7 isn't anywhere near full.......yet......

Might also want to check the temporary folders for IE and such to get rid of spare files it hangs onto to free up some more room.


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Default 10-25-2009, 10:52 AM

i posted a thread about a cleanup tool that would remove things in vista that CCleaner couldnt do. you would have to search for it because im FAR too lazy but it would probably work on win 7. also, if you havent turned off the system restore (something i dont recommend doing anyway) you should shrink the size of the restore file to as little as possible. that should help a bit.
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