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    Windows update files

    When I was using XP the number of Win update files accumulated steadily in the Windows folder. I'm now using Win 7 Ultimate, but using Xplorer2, a file manager on steroids, set to show all files and extensions, I don't see any leftover detritus. It seems improbable that these are being deleted automatically, but if not where are they hidden?

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    David

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    They are in the Windows\WinSxS folder.

    Open an elevated command prompt and type

    dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

    to remove the backup files. Bear in mind that you will be unable to uninstall any update or SP1 after running this command.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Thanks a lot for your response. Not exactly intuitive is it? It was a lot simpler in XP, I suppose this is what passes for progress. However, it worked, over 2 Gig of backup files, way too much.

    David

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