How can I recover 5GB of hard drive space after upgrading to SP1 in Windows 7?

Myke46 May 7, 2011
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Windows update of SP1 for my Windows 7 Home Premiumx64 failed to configure properly during the re-boot at installation. I quickly noticed 5GBs of free space missing from my hard drive.Where is all that garbage and how do I get my space back?

  1. Anonymous
    May 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Service Pack Backup Files

    1Click Start>Run and type cmd to open Command Prompt Windows
    2)then copy and past the following:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded
    this will remove backup files created during service pack installation: You will now no longer be able to uninstall the Windows 7 SP1, but have gained around 1 GB of hard drive space back

    in order to get a better space view then try to defrag your hard drive and see what will be.
    before delete old files with Hard drive power wash

  2. Mike
    May 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I would be more concerned about why the Service Pack installation failed but that's just my opinion...

    The missing space should be utilized by a System Restore Point and the Service Pack Backup Files of the SP1.

    1. right-click your drive where Windows is installed and select Properties
    2. select Disk Cleanup...
    3. click on Clean up system files
    4. go to the More Options tab
    5. click the Clean up button at System Restore and Shadow Copies
    6. follow the instruction and delete them

    7. go back to the Disk Cleanup
    8. select Service Pack Backup Files
    9. click on ok to proceed with the cleanup

    • Myke46
      May 8, 2011 at 10:01 am


      When I go back to the Disk Cleanup(#7),there is no "Service Pack Backup Files"