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Deleting Windows Update Cleanup. Is It A Good Thing?

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    St. Augustine
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    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64

    Deleting Windows Update Cleanup. Is It A Good Thing?


    I've had this desktop for 10 months now. OEM purchase with 8.0, immediately upgraded to 8.1 and have applied all updates to date including the ones today. Never had any significant issues. I have a 1T HDD with over 820G free space and will probably never use half of that. Freeing up disk space is not an issue so I have never used Disk Cleanup to delete the Windows Update Cleanup files. Is there any benefit, downside or risk in deleting these files? I currently have about 190 Mb in the file but I surely don't need the extra space.

    Appreciate any comments.

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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit
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    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Thanks for your reply and the link to the article.

    It's a good article. It seems as though the primary benefit is to free up disk space. I was think it might have a performance benefit but it really doesn't say anything like that in the article. Currently my WinSxS folder has 7.92 GB and my Update Clean-up folder has 186 MB so that's not extraordinarily large. Without a performance benefit I think I will just watch it for a while.

    Disk Clean-up also shows a Windows Upgrade Log File that has 86.8 MB and I assume that is leftover from the 8.0 to 8.1
    upgrade a long time ago. I think I will get rid of that one.


    Thanks
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    The less things Windows has to sort through the better. I would think getting rid of old Updates would at least make virus scanning faster.
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    Windows 8.1


    I'm in a very similar position, but the base version is Windows 8.1. I would just leave them. They can occasionally be useful, it's rare but possible.

    It is just trivial fiddling as you have plenty of Hard Drive space, similarly with the other upgrade log. No impact whatsoever on performance.

    Windows does not have to 'sort through' anything.
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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    The cleaner the computer the better it is overall, less likely to have problems or slowdowns. Some of these older updates and been replaced by newer versions or cumulative updates and serve no purpose.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Antilope View Post
    The less things Windows has to sort through the better. I would think getting rid of old Updates would at least make virus scanning faster.
    agree ,it will not hurt to keep it clean no matter how much free space you have
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I recently deleted the Windows Update files on one of my systems. The next time I ran Windows Update, it took a LLLLOOONNNNGGGG time to check for updates. It may have been a coincidence, but I don't believe it them.

    After that first time, it's ran fine. And I do have a lot less space being used by the Update Log files.
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    Want to increase the speed of windows 8 + 8.1? Check the settings for the windows indexing, and limit it to the windows folder, the programs folders, regular and x86 and your personal folders. Or, do what I did and remove ALL folders from indexing, rebuild the index, which will be empty, pretty much, then turn off indexing and stop the service. I use Agent Ransack 64bit to find files, and it's fast, and you can limit where to look.
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    I see that the windows index has been addressed in another post.... very informative.....

    This folder is empty | Too slow to load
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