Deleting security updates


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Brian

Is there any way, in Win 7 64-bit, to delete microsoft security patches
after they have been installed.

In Win XP one could delete such files just by going to the windows
directory and simply deleting them.

Kind regards

Brian
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Brian said:
Is there any way, in Win 7 64-bit, to delete microsoft security
patches after they have been installed.

In Win XP one could delete such files just by going to the windows
directory and simply deleting them.
Open "Help and Support" and search for "uninstall updates."
 
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Bruce Hagen

Brian said:
Is there any way, in Win 7 64-bit, to delete microsoft security patches
after they have been installed.

In Win XP one could delete such files just by going to the windows
directory and simply deleting them.

Kind regards

Brian



Not sure why you would want to uninstall them, but.....................

Control Panel | Programs | View Installed Updates. Right click on the one
you want an select Uninstall.
 
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philo 

Not sure why you would want to uninstall them, but.....................

Control Panel | Programs | View Installed Updates. Right click on the
one you want an select Uninstall.


The OP does NOT want to uninstall the updates.
merely delete the uninstall files
 
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philo 

Open "Help and Support" and search for "uninstall updates."
He does not want to uninstall them


the folder should be here :

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloads


but really I would not delete them
 
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Robin Bignall

Is there any way, in Win 7 64-bit, to delete microsoft security patches
after they have been installed.

In Win XP one could delete such files just by going to the windows
directory and simply deleting them.
Go to control panel / windows update. Click on update history, then on
installed updates. Click on an update to change or delete it.
 
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s|b

Is there any way, in Win 7 64-bit, to delete microsoft security patches
after they have been installed.

In Win XP one could delete such files just by going to the windows
directory and simply deleting them.
You are talking about $uninstall files. This can't be done in W7 since
it's not the same as XP.
 
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Ant

He does not want to uninstall them


the folder should be here :

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloads


but really I would not delete them
Why? They hog a lot of disk spaces. I only delete the veyr old ones on
my older Windows versions. :(
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s|b

Why? They hog a lot of disk spaces.
That's BS. I just checked

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

(Download, not Downloads)

it's 10,81 MiB and I install /all/ essential updates.

SoftwareDistribution is 145,75 MiB.
I only delete the veyr old ones on
my older Windows versions. :(
We're not talking about older Windows versions, we're talking about W7
and in W7, there's no need to delete these files (since they're not
there).
 
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s|b

Why? They hog a lot of disk spaces.
That's BS. I just checked

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

(Download, not Downloads)

it's 10,81 MiB and I install /all/ essential updates.

SoftwareDistribution is 145,75 MiB.
I only delete the veyr old ones on
my older Windows versions. :(
We're not talking about older Windows versions, we're talking about W7
and in W7, there's no need to delete these files (since they're not
there).
 
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..winston

"Ant" wrote in message Why? They hog a lot of disk spaces. I only delete the veyr old ones on
my older Windows versions.
Win7 Sp1 full updated, last clean install Jan 2012
Software Distribution entire folder is 110MB
 
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Stephen Wolstenholme

"Ant" wrote in message
Why? They hog a lot of disk spaces. I only delete the veyr old ones on
my older Windows versions.

Win7 Sp1 full updated, last clean install Jan 2012
Software Distribution entire folder is 110MB
There's no such folder on my Win7 PC.

Steve
 
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John Williamson

Stephen said:
There's no such folder on my Win7 PC.
Depending on your Explorer settings, it may not be visible, as it's
inside your Windows folder, so inheriting its system and hidden
attributes as far as Windows Explorer is concerned.

On Windows 7 HP, mine is 84 Meg, roughly.
 
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Ken Blake

Depending on your Explorer settings, it may not be visible, as it's
inside your Windows folder, so inheriting its system and hidden
attributes as far as Windows Explorer is concerned.

On Windows 7 HP, mine is 84 Meg, roughly.

And to put things into perspective, these days when you can buy a
500GB drive for around $60 US, that's roughly a penny's worth of disk
space.
 
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John Williamson

Ken said:
And to put things into perspective, these days when you can buy a
500GB drive for around $60 US, that's roughly a penny's worth of disk
space.
This is a bit more expensive. It's a 320Gb laptop drive. 60GBP, it cost me.
 
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Brian

Is there any way, in Win 7 64-bit, to delete microsoft security patches
after they have been installed.

In Win XP one could delete such files just by going to the windows
directory and simply deleting them.

Kind regards

Brian




Thanks everyone for all the comments. I am very grateful.

I checked the folder C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloads and found
that it contained just over 250MB, and I deleted it.

I agree that 250MB is not much these days in respect of a typical hard
disk, but I am using a relatively small (120GB) SSD and obviously I want
to keep the junk to a minimum.

I followed up on the references given by some posters and it does seem
that the directory C:\Windows\Installer, which also seems at first sight
to contain junk, is rather important and that its contents should not be
deleted.

Kind regards

Brian
 
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Ken Blake

This is a bit more expensive. It's a 320Gb laptop drive. 60GBP, it cost me.

So does that make it about 3 US pennies or so? Still, an insignificant
amount of money, which is the point I was making.
 

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