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Windows 7 hotfix backup removal

Last response: in Windows 7
March 2, 2010 10:12:56 AM


Is it still possible to remove the Windows hotfix backup files like I did in XP?
a b $ Windows 7
March 4, 2010 7:06:23 AM

My bad read. Never mind.
March 4, 2010 10:55:18 AM

In Windows XP there were always backups form the Windows Updates in a hidden directory in the %SystemRoot% folder (usually C:\Windows). This hidden directory is named after the Knowledge Base article for the relevant hotfix, such as $NtUninstallKB867282$, and contains an uninstallation utility. Some of them where fairly large. Especially the service packs that where as large as 500Meg. There were a lot of utilities to remove these hidden folders without removing the hotfix. For example,

At this time I am just very curious because in Windows 7 I don't see the hidden folders. Are they no longer kept, or are they just in a different place? I get a little freaked out because of the many Windows Defender updates that I receive. As I continue to use Windows 7, I want to know if I can manage any wasted hard drive space.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 4, 2010 11:21:53 AM

These files are stored in %SystemRoot%\SoftwareDistribution\Download. You'll need to stop the Update service to delete them. Have a look at this link for more suggestions about removing redundant files.
March 14, 2011 10:26:50 AM

Presently removing Windows Update Backups using TuneUp Utilities 2010 but I note in my 64bit Windows 7 Accessories/Disc Clean Up there is an option to remove the old Update BackUps! Bit cautious myself but has anyone tried this?