deleting old updates ???

  Shifa's Gran 08 Sep 11

My laptop hard drive is almost full, despite keeping some stuff on the D Drive and an external hard drive - to free up space. I believe that all the updates over the 3 years I've had the laptop are clogging up the memory space. Could I safely delete some of the earlier (2007/8/9 and 2010) ones? They are labelled - but it's all Greek to me! If files are superceeded - the old ones just sit there, do they? Please advise. My programmes only take up about 3gb - yet I have used up 49gb !!!!! Would appreciate advice from someone who knows - thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 08 Sep 11

What op system?

In XP if you look in the Windows folder there are Files in blue starting with $ these are old restore points for updates which can be deleted.

to get rid of junk on the drive use a program like CCleaner.

Reduce the amount of space used for restore points as seen here for Vista / W7

  letsgetrdy 08 Sep 11

I wouldn't suggest deleting old updates.

What OS are you using?

Your system might be clogged up with old restore points, you can however remove some of the older ones.

If your using Vista (a guess based on the 3 year timeline you specified), goto cmd, type "vssadmin list shadowstorage" and report the information it gives back.

  Shifa's Gran 08 Sep 11

Thanks for your advice - yes, am using VISTA - when I type in what you kindly suggested - the window flashed up and went off before I could get any info! Will have a go at deleting old restore points . thanks again.

  Shifa's Gran 10 Sep 11

When I follow your instructions beginning with START and then CMD etc - I get a message which says :- "vsp1cln is not recognised as an internal or external command.operable programme or batch file" I will now try your other suggestion - and convey my thanks Regards Shifa's Gran


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