Solved Windows 7 updates take up great too much space; necessary?

May 10, 2013 at 19:07:54
Specs: Windows 7 pr
IT SEEMS THE UPDATES ARE NEVER ENDING AND TAKING UP SO MUCH SPACE; ARE ALL NEEDED AND IF NOT, HOW DO YOU DECIDE?
I HAVE WINDOWS 7 PRO 64BIT

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May 11, 2013 at 05:10:02
I prefer to have the highly recommended updates download and ask me when to install them, then I can look over the list for drivers (I prefer to download those myself) and such and install the updates. I occasionally look at the optional updates but rarely install them (MS at one time included a better description on what they were, but not any longer), but I feel that the security and stability updates are probably a benefit. I have been doing this since 1995 (dumped McAfee in 1995, dumped Norton about 1999 or 2000, have used Webroot since and have used Avast free version on some systems, both with good results). You get malware from questionable browsing and by having kids sharing your system.
Unless you have a tiny hard drive, do not worry too much how much room Windows 7 takes up, it's 30-60GB is nothing on a modern 500GB - 1Tb hard drive. I generally partition a 120GB partition for Windows and programs and put the files on another partition with the remaining of the drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
May 10, 2013 at 20:31:39
How much space are they taking up?

Run this & then tell me how much space they are taking up.

Run Wise Disk Cleaner ( Run the 1st three tabs, left to right. I use default settings, leave boxes that are unchecked, unchecked ) Reboot when finished.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.wisecleaner.com/download...


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#2
May 11, 2013 at 00:18:12
All the automatic updates from Microsoft are unnecessary as long as you have a reliable firewall and antivirus app installed. I'm the proof:

1) I never, ever have automatic updates enabled. That's been my policy for over 10 years.

2) I always have a commercial firewall + Av package installed (no free stuff).

3) I can't remember the last time any of my PCs were infected with any malware.


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#3
May 11, 2013 at 00:48:48
It is considered bad manners and SHOUTING when using upper case when posting on forums, you should release your caps lock!

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#4
May 11, 2013 at 04:00:48
I have no idea why some people sometimes post with all caps,
but I'm much more annoyed by posts complaining about it than
by posts in all caps. The idea that it is considered bad manners
seems silly, and the idea that it is equivalent to shouting is just
wrong. Text in all caps generally indicates emphasis, not
shouting.

Of course, posts complaining about posts complaining about
someone using all caps aren't widely loved, either, so....

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
May 11, 2013 at 05:10:02
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I prefer to have the highly recommended updates download and ask me when to install them, then I can look over the list for drivers (I prefer to download those myself) and such and install the updates. I occasionally look at the optional updates but rarely install them (MS at one time included a better description on what they were, but not any longer), but I feel that the security and stability updates are probably a benefit. I have been doing this since 1995 (dumped McAfee in 1995, dumped Norton about 1999 or 2000, have used Webroot since and have used Avast free version on some systems, both with good results). You get malware from questionable browsing and by having kids sharing your system.
Unless you have a tiny hard drive, do not worry too much how much room Windows 7 takes up, it's 30-60GB is nothing on a modern 500GB - 1Tb hard drive. I generally partition a 120GB partition for Windows and programs and put the files on another partition with the remaining of the drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
May 15, 2013 at 23:11:55
You are correct, wasn't paying attention,

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#7
May 15, 2013 at 23:12:57
Thank you. Am an accountant, firm prefers IRS forms filled in in CAPS. Habit.

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