How to Delete Old Windows Update Files
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After what feels like an eternity, Microsoft has found a solution to the Windows updates conundrum Windows Updates Are Set to Get Less Annoying Windows Updates Are Set to Get Less Annoying Under the new system, Windows 10 updates should be smaller in size, be downloaded more efficiently, and put less strain on your system resources. A change you probably won't even notice. Read More  — and more amazingly, users are happy with it.

Windows Update now relies on a combination of active hours How to Prevent Windows 10 Restarts When You're Actively Using It How to Prevent Windows 10 Restarts When You're Actively Using It We've all been hit by the sudden "Windows 10 restart" and it can be a nuisance at best, a devastation at worst. Here's how to prevent it from interrupting you ever again. Read More , customizable restarts, and manual pauses. The upshot is you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re running the latest version of the operating system without worrying about checking for updates every day.

But there is still one part of Windows Update that needs your attention: the old files that are left behind. They can take up a lot of space. Rather than relying on Windows to clean things up, why not take matters into your own hands?

How to Delete Old Windows Update Files

How to Delete Old Windows Update Files windows 10 old files

  1. Open the Start menu, type Control Panel, and press Enter.
  2. Go to Administrative Tools.
  3. Double-click on Disk Cleanup.
  4. Select Clean up system files.
  5. Mark the checkbox next to Windows Update Cleanup.
  6. If available, you can also mark the checkbox next to Previous Windows installations. Doing so will delete the Windows.old file.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Wait for Windows to complete the uninstallation process.

Do you delete old Windows Update files manually, or do you prefer to let Windows clean up after itself? As always, you can leave all your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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  1. Don Ames
    February 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you. You have made my life easier!

    • bill
      February 20, 2018 at 6:25 am

      How is life made easier? I am at the latest W10 version/update (1709 16299.248) and neither of the above 2 options are available. For 1 maybe it is because the windows.old folder has already been removed. For the other, maybe it is now longer an option because MS has already removed the update files automatically.

      • Cale
        August 9, 2018 at 5:28 pm

        Try Right clicking and then RUN as Admin. It is the only way to get this to work.

        • Scott
          September 21, 2018 at 5:02 am

          Where do you right click to run as administrator?