How to remove windows vista update backup files

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How to remove windows vista update backup files
Erasing the Windows Vista Service Pack backup files can save you space. (deleting data image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Removing the Windows Vista backup files on your computer can free up nearly 1.5 gigabytes of space of you remove the backup files for both Service Packs 1 and 2, or close to 0.5 gigabytes of space if your just remove the backup files for Service Pack 1. Consider removing the Windows Vista Service Pack backup files if you are satisfied with your most recent Windows Vista Service Pack update and don't plan on rolling your computer back to previous settings. However, if you think you may roll back your Service Pack update, don't remove the backup files.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click "Start" in the lower left corner of your screen.

  2. 2

    Type "cmd" in the Search box. Press Enter. The command prompt window will appear in the centre of your screen.

  3. 3

    Type "vsp1cln.exe" at the command prompt and press Enter.

  4. 4

    Click "Continue" in the User Account Control dialogue box that pops up. You will see a note saying that removing the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 backup files will make it impossible to delete Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on your computer.

  5. 5

    Type "Y" and press Enter. Your Windows Vista Service Pack 1 files will be removed from your computer.

  1. 1

    Click "Start" in the lower left corner of your screen.

  2. 2

    Type "cmd" in the Search box and press Enter. The command prompt window will open up on your screen.

  3. 3

    Type "compcln.exe" at the command prompt and press Enter. A screen will pop up telling you that this will make all of the service packs that exist on your computer permanent. This will include Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2.

  4. 4

    Type "Y" and press Enter. All the backup files for your Windows Vista Service Packs will be deleted.

Tips and warnings

  • Only consider removing the backup files for the Windows Vista Service Packs if you are going to need any space that would be freed up by removing the backup files. Deleting both Windows Vista Service Pack backup files will free up about 1.5 gigabytes of space. Deleting just the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 backup files will free up about 0.5 gigabytes of space.
  • If you have Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installed on your computer, you cannot remove just Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows Vista Service Pack 2--you must remove both of the Windows Vista Service Pack backup files.
  • Once your remove either one or both of the Windows Vista Service Pack backup files, you will not be able to uninstall your Windows Vista Service Packs, and you will not be able to roll your machine back to either Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or no service pack without formatting your hard drive.

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