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Realtek Update via Windows Update used nearly 10gb space.

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
    John, do you mean you are seeing something like this for the audio manager ?.......................
    Mooly, sorry for delay in answering - guess you have already sorted it out. What I was referring to is the taskbar icon for Realtek HD Audio Manager icon which appeared with the two selections below appearing when clicking on that icon. Sorry I wasn't more help.
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  2. #12


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    I'm reading TairikuOkami's link. Thanks In fact I've just copied the page to Wordpad to keep as a reference. The bit about being able to remove stuff directly without it simply being flagged to delete after a certain time is interesting... in fact it answers something I have long noticed in W8.1... that free space returns unexpectedly some days after a clean up.

    I tried the normal cleanup after installing this update (used the clean system files option) but it didn't gain me anything. I wonder if your gaining back the 6 or 7 gigs is from this update or perhaps other stuff from before (if you've never run a full cleanup in the past).
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    No problem John

    I've never seen that screen on this PC ( although my Vista PC has something similar, that's Realtek too)., So that's another mystery, as in where is it ? I've no audio (Realtek or otherwise) in the tray and just the previously mentioned Dell Audio icon in control panel. My installed programs show Realtek HD drivers installed when I did the clean install, but no application. Hmmm....
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
    I tried the normal cleanup after installing this update (used the clean system files option) but it didn't gain me anything. I wonder if your gaining back the 6 or 7 gigs is from this update or perhaps other stuff from before (if you've never run a full cleanup in the past).
    Well, this is a brand new machine and I've only installed the important and recommended updates in the last few days, and this was the first time I installed an optional driver update (hence why I was checking up before and after). I suppose the other updates could have left behind the 7Gb of space and I'm now reclaiming that, but it does seem a bit of a coincidence that I'm now effectively back to where I was before the Realtek driver update, gaining back the same space that I lost. Still, yeah, it could have been what you say.
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    There seems no way of knowing for sure on your free space.

    Do you see a Realtek icon in your system tray or in control panel ? In other words can you get to the screen John shows ? I don't and can't although I do have the Realtek application file installed. Its 122Mb in size and I ticked it off as installed correctly when I did the install.

    So all very odd.
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    No, not exactly. This is a Dell laptop which comes with Dell Audio.
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    So you just see Dell Audio too ?

    Mine is a Dell but I clean installed W8.1 from the retail Microsoft disc. My control panel just shows 'Dell Audio' which puzzles me because how does it know ? I formatted the HDD, it was 100% clean install with no trace of Dell anywhere. The only place it can have got that is via the driver files I obtained from the Dell site.

    I'll have to leave it for today Not sure whether I'll try anything more or not for this.
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  8. #18


    For the record - I have a HP Pavilion p6230F running Windows 8.1 (up to date) X64. I bought it back in Dec 2013 with Windows 7 installed. It has Audio Adapter: ATI/AMD SB600 - High Definition Audio Controller.with High Definition Audio Codec: RealTek ALC888
    which was all built-in to the pc.
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    I've reached an executive decision over mine based on the following. It works perfectly with the initial set up from the clean install. The 122mb Realtek file from Dell that I initially installed must be a unique Dell file that includes both the Realtek drivers and the Dell control panel. Windows update is picking up on the Realtek driver part of the install and offering goodness knows what at 7.5gb in size. Outwardly nothing changes apart from the huge amount of space taken.

    I have rolled back the disk image and tried Tairiku's link (the /ResetBase switch with StartComponentCleanup) and that has freed more space. I'm now at 55.5gb free space. Surprised it freed that much because I do regularly use the system file cleanup option.


    So all is well. Just have to tidy things and run a command line defrag, do a restart and then make a new image.


    I'll mark this as solved... we know the update is causing this space issue... but keep posting guys if you find anything out
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    Thanks for the solution of using the /ResetBase switch with StartComponentCleanup, it saved me over 60GB
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