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After what feels like an eternity, Microsoft has found a solution to the Windows updates conundrum — and more amazingly, users are happy with it.
Windows Update now relies on a combination of active hours, 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
- Open the Start menu, type Control Panel, and press Enter.
- Go to Administrative Tools.
- Double-click on Disk Cleanup.
- Select Clean up system files.
- Mark the checkbox next to Windows Update Cleanup.
- If available, you can also mark the checkbox next to Previous Windows installations. Doing so will delete the Windows.old file.
- Click OK.
- Wait for Windows to complete the uninstallation process.
After you delete old update files as we have outlined above, you might also want to delete these Windows files and folders to free up some space. And if you ever need to install certain updates, you can use the Microsoft Update Catalog.