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    Removing old windows update files

    I have downloaded and run the new version of cleanmgr Disk Cleanup Wizard, which now removes old Windows Update files. I checked the hard disk free space before and after and it has only increased by 1GB. The machine is two years old and I must have installed hundreds of updates in that time, so I expected a much bigger increase in free space. I have tried to find the folder where update downloads are stored to check but cannot find it - any comments.

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    This is exactly why I don't use 3rd party software like this....is says so right in the main features of it's web page......up to 1 GB.

    Main Features:
    Recovers upto 1Gb of drive space
    Recognize and deletes more than 50 types of junk files
    Extimely fast
    Easy to use
    Compatible with Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7


    http://www.abyssmedia.com/dcwizard/

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    The native cleanmgr.exe (Disk Cleanup), when used with the option to clean up system files, is good enough for the job. Give it a try.

    You can also try to reduce the size of the winsxs folder. Here is how: http://www.ithacks.com/2011/06/23/re...s-folder-size/
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    Thank you both. First, Disk Cleanup Wizard is a Microsoft enhancement to Win 7 SP1 that allows cleanmgr.exe to now clean up old update downloads no longer required (it is not 3rd party software) as recommended in an article by Fred Langa. I have found the folder winsx and it is 7.3GB; none of the folders/files appear to be update downloads and virtually all seem to be original folder installations that have never been accessed. Presumably the command "dism /online /cleanup-image /superseded" has the same effect as the enhanced cleanmgr.exe. Are all updates stored in winsx or are they somewhere else - if they are in winsx presumably they have all been cleaned out and only amounted to 1GB - I only install "important" updates so maybe that is why it was only 1GB.

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    It's not clear from Microsoft's description of the cleanup wizard what it does, but I think it's not hard to guess it uses what is described in the article I linked.
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