Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 29, 2018)
Roger has automatic updates turned on for his Windows system. In looking around on that system he sees a lot of old update files there were previously downloaded and installed. He wonders if it is necessary to keep all those update files on his computer.
If you have automatic updating turned on (as most people do), you can end up with quite a few updates on your system. (For more about how the updating works, see Understanding Windows Update.) Actually, those old update files can add quite a bit to the clutter on a system. It is a good idea to get rid of them periodically, so it is fortunate that Windows provides an easy way to get rid of them:
Figure 1. The Disk Cleanup dialog box.
At this point Windows may take a bit of time to get rid of everything you requested, but when it is done, you may have a good deal more space available on your drive.
This tip (132) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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