Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Each time we download a Microsoft update it is accompanied by an uninstal package. After a while these occupy significant space. How can they be removed? Can they simply be deleted? Do they place entries in the registry? Do they need to be uninstalled? Advice welcomed.

  2. #2
    WS Lounge VIP
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    8,170
    Thanks
    47
    Thanked 980 Times in 910 Posts
    You can simply delete the directory containing the update files.
    I suggest you leave them for 2 - 4 weeks in case you need to un-install.

    cheers, Paul

  3. #3
    Super Moderator CLiNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    California & Arizona
    Posts
    6,121
    Thanks
    160
    Thanked 609 Times in 557 Posts
    The MS updates are easy enough to find in XP, but I'm not sure where they reside in Windows 7 or Vista.

    You can also copy them to a partition or other disk and then delete them from their default location. Wait a few weeks
    to be sure you won't need them for whatever reason. They can be put back in their default location if they do need uninstalling.

    Can someone please post their location in Windows 7
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Build your own system; get everything you want and nothing you don't.
    Latest Build:
    ASUS X99 Deluxe, Core i7-5960X, Corsair Hydro H100i, Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD, Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum 32GB DDR4@2666, W8.1 64 bit,
    EVGA GTX980, Seasonic PLATINUM-1000W PSU, MountainMods U2-UFO Case, and 7 other internal drives.

  4. #4
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Slough, Berkshire UK
    Posts
    924
    Thanks
    55
    Thanked 52 Times in 50 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    The MS updates are easy enough to find in XP, but I'm not sure where they reside in Windows 7 or Vista.

    You can also copy them to a partition or other disk and then delete them from their default location. Wait a few weeks
    to be sure you won't need them for whatever reason. They can be put back in their default location if they do need uninstalling.

    Can someone please post their location in Windows 7
    Try this
    Control Panel / Programs and Features / - in left panel - view installed updates

    Hope this helps
    Clive
    Clive

    All typing errors are my own work and subject to patents pending. Except errors by the spell checker. And that has its own patients.

  5. #5
    WS Lounge VIP
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    8,170
    Thanks
    47
    Thanked 980 Times in 910 Posts
    Try C:\Windows\winsxs

    cheers, Paul

  6. #6
    Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Scotland, UK
    Posts
    38
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    XP system patches are easy to spot, and yes i would leave them for a few weeks, especially the SP ones. If you delete the hidden patch folders in C:\Windows, remember you cannot un-install the patch.

    Windows 7 updates are stored elsewhere (haven't found them yet).

  7. #7
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I can buy a 1TB drive for $99 in Australia - surely a few kB's of uninstall scripts are not an issue??? They may save your bacon in the future!
    -paul, Down Under
    Photos

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •