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Windows Update Cleanup disk usage doesn't change

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    Copied from TechRepublic
    You'll want to restart your system once Disk Cleanup completes its operation. When your system restarts, any unnecessary Windows Update files will be completely removed. As you survey the results, keep in mind that the Windows Update Cleanup feature will only remove files that it finds are no longer needed by the system, so you may find that a lot of files have been removed from your system or you may find that very few files have been removed from your system.
    For example, after running the Windows Update Cleanup feature on my Windows 8 system, the number of files only dropped from 58,739 to 58,130 and the size of the WinSxS folder only dropped from 6.89 GB to 6.83 GB -- a very small gain. However, on my Windows 7 system, the number of files dropped from 54,524 to 47,454, and the size of the WinSxS folder dropped from 11.1 GB to 7.86 GB -- a modest gain of 3.24 GB of hard disk space.

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  2. #12


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    Using the /ResetBase switch with the /StartComponentCleanup parameter of DISM.exe on a running version of Windows 8.1 removes all superseded versions of every component in the component store.
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  3. #13



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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Using the /ResetBase switch with the /StartComponentCleanup parameter of DISM.exe on a running version of Windows 8.1 removes all superseded versions of every component in the component store.
    That's what I love about your answers Jimmy, you use the command prompt, which is a lot easier for the poster to do (C&P) and easier than explaining the path to get to a certain option, also it works at a kernel level as well and not UX or UI, making results faster.

    One thing for the OP after cleaning you need to reboot so Windows installer can do it's magic while the services and files are offline.
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  4. #14


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    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../dn251565.aspx

    You really can't thank me,

    Thank TechNet for which I referrance alot..

    because it is a lot easier - then as you say, explaining in long detail..
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../dn251565.aspx

    You really can't thank me,

    Thank TechNet for which I referrance alot..
    OK but it's better when you tell them(the safe stuff) than when they go to technet and try everything and totally destroy their system with a wrong command like using like "cipher" or something.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    First of all 972MB isn't very much(not quite a GB).
    Secondly, how long has this been happening? Longer than a couple of weeks? Sometimes it takes up to a month before windows can(is allowed) to clean up certain files(until they're superseded or taken over). It's probably a built in protection so you can roll back if you have a problem with an update(been happening a lot of users lately).
    It's been a week.
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  7. #17



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    That's not too long. Try what Jimmy said in post #7, and if nothing or little changes, wait a couple of weeks then try again. Unless you're pressed for space(very small drive), it's really no big deal. Actually Windows manages everything itself in time when it's pressed for room. In a lot of settings it ask for percent disk space and not a set amount(kb or MB). And it even cleans up updates by itself. Sometimes you'll see "Windows installer configuring updates" when you didn't update, that's Windows cleaning out unused language packs and/or old updates. In my opinion it only needs to be manually done before preparing a system image or cloning/data migration to a smaller disk.
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  8. #18


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    On recent windows updates - MS has a 30 day grace period..
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  9. #19


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    please guys any help ? i have the same problem with 47 mb of non removed windows update cleanup , and every time i delete them they just reappear. I know it's not much but i have a small drive and i'm OCD about it so please can anyone confirm is waiting for a month is THE solution cause tried everything else and nothing worked
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brainiac View Post
    please guys any help ? i have the same problem with 47 mb of non removed windows update cleanup , and every time i delete them they just reappear. I know it's not much but i have a small drive and i'm OCD about it so please can anyone confirm is waiting for a month is THE solution cause tried everything else and nothing worked
    Read this thread
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