Win7 is supposed to have a space-saving ‘Clean up system files’ option, just as in Win8/10. If it doesn’t, here’s another effective clean-up method.
Plus: Customizing Windows’ hidden master-admin account, a one-step shortcut for Win10 upgrades, a Win7 feature that’s missing in Win8/10, and “powerline networking.”
Help for an oversized Win7 system-backup file
Larry Curtis encountered a strange problem when he tried to follow the instructions in “Huge WinSxS folder stymies PC cleanup” (July 23 LangaList Plus).
He has a 64-bit system; the same issue can affect x32 installations.
- “Help, my WinSxS folder is 13.2 GB!
“I’m running an up-to-date copy of Win 7 Pro SP1. But my disk-cleanup applet doesn’t show the ‘Clean up system files’ button that you say it should have!
“When I try to install the 64-bit version of Disk Cleanup (KB 2852386), it says I already have it. Looking in Programs and Features/View installed updates, I found and uninstalled KB 2852386 — then reinstalled it. No difference!”
That’s really odd, Larry. Microsoft explicitly states that the enhanced-cleanup tool is included in that update. (See the explanation for KB 2852386.)