Clean up those Windows Update backup files

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As I started running out of space on my little HP Mini 1000 netbook, I started to wonder what what the problem: I have not installed anything new but this thing is running low on space. So after a quick research, here is what you can do to quickly gain some space:

a) Delete old system restore points:

  1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Disk Cleanup, and then, in the list of results, click Disk Cleanup.
  2. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
  3. In the Disk Cleanup for (drive letter) dialog box, click Clean up system files. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
  5. Click the More Options tab, under System Restore and Shadow Copies, click Clean up.
  6. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, click Delete.
  7. Click Delete Files, and then click OK.
b) Delete Windows Update Backup Files:
I have read about this method in the post by Danny Archer. If you just want to get rid of those here is  Windows Update Utility.

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