02-24-2011 08:40 AM
I would very strongly recommend "Don't mess with Windows" If you are desperate for 1GB more disk space then buy a new hard drive -- they are cheap enough these days!
The thing is none of us know -- probably not even Microsoft -- whether or not at some moment in the future something will cause Windows to say I need to get a new copy of or I need to add some file that is in that group of installation files .....
The cleanup is removing SP1 uninstall files and not installation files that may be needed at some future date.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. ~William Ewart Gladstone
02-24-2011 08:50 AM
I agree but have the same reaction Don't Mess with Windows, especially for 1GB with disks the size we have these days -- 1.5TB in a laptop ..........
And who knows whether or not you will want to uninstall some fix and then find you cannot without the uninstall files being there. So far as I know that is still the situation.
02-24-2011 01:20 PM
The SANS Internet Storm Center has posted some considerations to take before moving to SP1, and is also listing some things,anecdotally, that might cause problems:
02-24-2011 02:08 PM
Don't Mess with Windows,
I like to keep my C: drive mean and lean so my backup images are small. I'll get rid if the uninstall files. But I'll keep a backup image created prior to removing the files just in case I've done the wrong thing.
02-24-2011 05:10 PM
That's better than just deleting them -- elsewhere I've seen so many people come on line and say "I've cleaned up my Windows installation and gotten rid of a lot of stuff I don't want ....... and now it won't boot up; what should I do?"
02-24-2011 07:10 PM
Here is my experience on a fresh Win7 install (no apps or Windows Updates). Test computer.
Free Space before the Service Pack was 13.1 GB
Free Space after the Service Pack was 12.3GB
Free Space after removing the Service Pack Backup Files was 12.9 GB
So I only lost 0.2 GB.
02-24-2011 10:55 PM
I updated the boss's new machine today. I disabled auto protect and turned on silent mode. It just seems to be the sensible approach. We just got the thing back after blowing up a disc in the one and only DVD drive. sigh..... It updated handsomely, and so far no problems. I do have to try and load about 4 years of ancient accounting software, so we will see.
02-27-2011 05:46 AM
02-27-2011 06:51 AM
Win 7 SP1 Installation Failure Update ... Installation Successful Report
Thanks for the clues/tips in this forum. Sorry it took me so long to get this done ... I often have to wait until the weekend to do computer stuff.
• Downloaded and installed KB947821 Microsoft System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 x64-based Systems. [This is a 300MB file ... took 16 mins @ ~ 400K.]
• In Admin acct, I disabled NIS 2011 auto protect for 1 hour and set Silent Mode to 1 hour. [Got warnings and flag waving from NIS and Windows.]
• In Admin acct, opened Windows Update and selected KB976932 Win7 SP1 for x64-based Systems. Began download.
Total download time for me was 26 minutes. During the download, there were two major pauses ... one at 19% that lasted 10 minutes and one at 24% that lasted 6 minutes but, since there was still lots of hard drive activity, I just waited. Then, at the end, there were two minor pauses at 91% and 94%. I mention these so people will not think to abort the process if they also experience extremely long pauses.
• Installation was successful ... again, with pauses along the way ... and took 41 minutes from beginning download, through the restart, then back to the Admin acct desktop. [I learned long ago that, to avoid a munged install, you should log back in to the same acct you were in when you started the install.]
The System Readiness Tool didn't tell me what the problem was on my particular machine but, whatever it was, it fixed it and all is well.
Thanks for everyone's clues, links and advice on where to get help and what steps to take.
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