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    One issue I've always wondered about is: It seems that every application I download has a file in it for every known language and dialect known/unknown to Wo/Man. Is it necessary to keep these on the system or can they be eliminated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by philomel View Post
    One issue I've always wondered about is: It seems that every application I download has a file in it for every known language and dialect known/unknown to Wo/Man. Is it necessary to keep these on the system or can they be eliminated?
    If they're in a separate subfolder, compress the folder, it'll save some disk space. You can probably remove the language files that you don't need - but any update is likely to reinstall them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philomel
    One issue I've always wondered about is: It seems that every application I download has a file in it for every known language and dialect known/unknown to Wo/Man. Is it necessary to keep these on the system or can they be eliminated?
    Most of the time, yes... you can delete them. (Note the qualifier "most of the time". )

    I use a small, free, portable utility called DeleteNon-EnglishLanguageFiles to delete these files and reduce the size of system backups. It recurses through the HD and flags non-English files, e.g: ar-SA, bg-BG, cs-CZ, da-DK, de-DE, el-GR, es-ES, et-EE, fi-FI, fr-FR, he-IL, hr-HR, hu-HU, it-IT, ja-JP, ko-KR, lt-LT, lv-LV, nb-NO, nl-NL, pl-PL, pt-BR, pt-PT, ro-RO, ru-RU, sk-SK, sl-SI, sr-Latn-CS, sv-SE, th-TH, tr-TR, uk-UA, zh-CN, zh-HK, zh-TW

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    It's then up to you which language files you select and delete. Check out this webpage on DonationCoder, particularly post #6 for the download links. The author is Derek Souers and I also use his DelReadmeFiles utility - again, it's small, free and portable.

    Your profile doesn't show where you live but, if you are deleting files/folders manually then - even if you live in the heart of the UK - I suggest that you do not delete en-US language files. Even when you have region, keyboard and locale set to English (United Kingdom), Windows is still very US-centric.

    Touch wood, I haven't had a problem yet.

    Hope this helps...

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    - Yep, the usual "Windows Update" problem. Try this guide (with emphasis on "try") after you have started the Service celled "Wuauserv":

    http://www.tweaking.com/forums/index...ic,4799.0.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willy2 View Post
    - Yep, the usual "Windows Update" problem. Try this guide (with emphasis on "try") after you have started the Service celled "Wuauserv":

    http://www.tweaking.com/forums/index...ic,4799.0.html
    One of my desktop PCs still has Vista SP2 on it (dual-boots w/ Win7) and by July was extremely slow checking for updates (10+ hours). In July I installed five updates that were then listed on the http://wu.krelay.de/en (KB3168965, KB3145739, KB3078601, KB3164033, and KB3109094) which helped, but Vista was still taking several hours to check for updates.

    I looked at the tweaking.com page in your post and installed the two updates for Vista listed on the linked http://wu.krelay.de/en page (KB3191203 and KB3183431). After a restart I set WU checking for updates at 11:14AM and it finished checking at 11:39AM which is a considerable improvement.

    And the wuauserv service seems to now be using much less memory.

    EDIT: after installing the eight "important" and three of the four "optional" (I don't want Skype on this system) updates listed and a restart WU finished "checking for updates" in less than a minute!
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    Quote Originally Posted by philomel View Post
    One issue I've always wondered about is: It seems that every application I download has a file in it for every known language and dialect known/unknown to Wo/Man. Is it necessary to keep these on the system or can they be eliminated?
    Depends.
    - Those files are - on average - not too large. So, why bother ?
    - Try to find out which language file you need and delete the other ones.

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    Have you carried out any checks for overheating in case this is the cause (i.e. after 10-15 minutes)? Can you hear any fan activity?

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