||Update Cleanup safely
removes the backup files that were created when installing a Windows
hotfix or service pack update. Removing the old backup files with Update
Cleanup will free up hard disk space.
This utility will also remove the associated Registry entries for these items
-- entries that visibly show up as unnecessary program entries in the Add/Remove
Microsoft regularly makes available
critical Windows XP and Windows 2000 security patches (or hotfixes as they
are also called) which ensure that your operating system keeps up to date.
These patches/hotfixes are obtained in a variety of ways:
A) By visiting the Windows Update or
Microsoft Update website (accessible from your START button).
B) Through the Automatic Update service
which runs in the background on your PC and weekly checks for recently
C) By System Administrators downloading and
applying patches and hotfixes to your PC.
Regardless of how the patch/hotfix is
obtained one thing you should be aware of: All of the files that will be
replaced are backed up on your hard drive just in case the update goes
awry and you need to return your PC to its prior state. These older files
that are replaced are stored in hidden folders in your Windows system
Over time these backup folders accumulate
and can occupy a significant amount of disk space. For example a typical
Windows 2000 PC would have had over 80 patches/hotfixes installed between
Fall 2002 and Fall 2005. These 80+ updates created 80+ folders and contain
thousands of old files. On a typical Windows XP PC a user could expect to
find over 3 dozen patches/hotfixes installed over a period of just 12
months! The amount of hard disk space occupied by these old, backed up
files could easily reach 800 megabytes. Are these backed up files useful
to retain, or can they be deleted and disk space freed up?
After you install an update and reboot your
PC you should monitor your PC for a few days to see if everything is
working properly, and that nothing "broke" during the update.
Sometimes an update can go awry for a multitude of reasons, and if so, you
can uninstall the recent patch/hotfix through the "Settings >
Control Panel" where you will find an Add/Remove Programs applet
(tool). All of the updates will be listed there by date.
However, if days and weeks pass and your
computer is running perfectly, then there is no need to keep those backed
up old files on your hard drive. But since these files are stored in
hidden folders, it may not be obvious to the average user how to delete
the folders and files. Update Cleanup will make the task easy!
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|What others are saying
about Update Cleanup:
"Thank you for this little gem at a
price that can't be beaten!" (Hans S.)
"The software works great, by the way. It
does a wonderful job of cleaning up all of those annoying files left
behind by the Windows update process. I'm not sure why Microsoft doesn't
clean up after themselves after some period of time, but they don't, and
your software makes that task easy." (Ernie F.)
"Great product - cleaned 2 gigs of junk!" (Anon)
"Thank you for a useful program at a
bargain price." (Mike)
|Hardware and software requirements:
Update Cleanup requires a computer using the Microsoft Windows
2000, Windows 2003 or Windows XP operating system. Update Cleanup is not compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7.
|Download an evaluation copy of this
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