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Disk cleanup took MORE space?!


Liz81

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I was using disk clean up a little while ago and though it's not much difference, it took up more space, not freeing up space? I've added and deleted documents lately so maybe that's what messed up the true number of storage space and the number of space showing after disk cleanup is actually accurate?

EDIT: I think I just figured it out. Windows Update cleanup. Apparently, it created some new files. I've read some controversy about it, whether or not you should include it when doing a disk cleanup. Guess I should've skipped that part. They're temporary files, right? They'll disappear at some point?
 
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...Windows Update cleanup. ... They're temporary files, right? They'll disappear at some point?
No. Windows retains old superseded updates, only deleting them if you tick the box for Windows Update Clean-up in Disk Clean-up. It tells you that the Description displayed below when you select Windows Update Clean-up.

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Ok well, it turns out doing this disk cleanup ended up taking up space, instead of cleaning it more because of the new files/folders created by the windows update cleanup.
 

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If Windows Update Cleanup is selected during disk cleanup, and you run it (and there's around 1Gb or more of disk space used by windows update cleanup), it may take a few hours for disk cleanup to clean out those files.

I know from experience that this sometimes occurs on Win8.1 when using the windows update cleanup option as it takes a very long time.
 

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