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    save ~2gb space after windows 7 SP1 install

    Disclaimer: Do not do this if you wish to remove SP1. This changes system files so any breaking of systems is at your own risk.

    If your happy with your win 7 sp 1 install you can remove the backup files created (the winsxs folder):

    Start-cmd right click run as administrator

    In the dos window put:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

    About five to ten min latter it will have cleared all the SP files up for you.

    Space used before this: 105Gb
    Spaced used after this: 103Gb

    It should look like the below when done:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.1.7600.16385

    Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385

    Removing backup files created during service pack installation.
    [==========================100.0%================== ========]
    Service Pack Cleanup operation completed.
    The operation completed successfully.

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    You can do something simlar from disk cleanup - just run it on your OS disk and select 'clean up system files' - then on the list you will find service pack backup files

    You can also use disk cleanup to get rid of old snapshots/system restore points which helps to cut down on the space usage (expecily if you have a small SSD!).

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    also you could use ccleaner for the other files. I take it we both have small SSD's then

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    120GB does all I need (in my work PC)
    Its my good old WD VelociRaptor 300GB drive (home gaming PC) thats feeling the pain though - need to get one of the new bigger ones or just go SSD.

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