SP1 Disk Cleanup Tool

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How to Use the Vista SP1 Disk Cleanup Tool
Synopsis
This will show you how to run the Vista SP1 Cleanup tool to permanently remove the backed up Vista RTM files created during the installion of the Vista SP1 to gain more hard drive space.
How to Use the Vista SP1 Disk Cleanup Tool

information   Information
This will show you how to run the Vista SP1 Cleanup tool to permanently remove the Vista RTM backed up files created during the installion of the Vista SP1 to gain more hard drive space.
warning   Warning
Running the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Disk Clean-up tool permanently removes the ability to uninstall the Vista SP1. Do not run this tool unless you have no plans of uninstalling the Vista SP1 and just want to save or regain hard drive space. The only option to remove the SP1 after using this tool is to do a clean install of Vista.
Note   Note
The Vista SP1 disk cleanup tool gave me back 1.6 GB on my hard drive. This amount will vary on each computer. To see how much space you recover, make a note of how much free space you have on the C:/ drive in Computer before and after you run the SP1 Cleanup Tool.




Here's How:
NOTE:
If you installed Vista SP2, then you will need to use the Vista SP2 Disk Cleanup tool instead. The SP1 Disk Cleanup tool will no longer work after installing SP2.
2. In the elevated command prompt, type vsp1cln.exe and then press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
3. Type Y when you see Would you like to continue? and press Enter.​
NOTE: Tying N will cancel running the Vista SP1 disk cleanup tool. You can also just close the command prompt window to cancel to.​
Command_Prompt.jpg

4. It will take a little bit to finish. When it is finished, you will see the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Disk Clean-up completed message. (See screenshot above)​
5. When it's done, you can close the elevated command prompt.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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Shawn Brink

Comments

I tried to uninstall sp1, which it would not. Read on a page somewhere that it contains a kernel update is why it wouldn't? Then again, I have no need to uninstall it, but I dislike junk/clutter on any of my HD's, so thank you.

Jerry
 
Hi Shawn

Thanks for that mate.

Tell me, is there a similar procedure for deleting all the backup files that accumulate from installing Hotfixes, Security Updates etc. through Windows Update? Please advise.

Regards

Neil
 
Sorry Neil, but all I can find is how to remove the Windows Update backup files in XP and not in Vista. It will not work for Vista. :(


Shawn
 
Thanks for checking it out Shawn. I'll try to find out from TuneUp Software and if I get anywhere I'll let everyone know. I know when I ran their cleanup utility previously it deleted something like 3,500 backup files.

Neil
 
You're welcome Steve, that's great to hear.

I'm getting jealous. Everyone is reporting that they are gettin more space recovered than I did. I even had someone report that they got nearly 9 GB recovered. :shock: Maybe I just keep a cleaner house. LOL ;) Yeah, that's it. :o
 
Hi Drewbot,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

That's strange. What type of Vista do you have installed, retail or OEM?

Did you have any problems installing the SP1?

Anything installed that may be blocking the cleaner from running?

Shawn
 
I have Vista Home Premium x86 pre-installed on my Dell laptop. I had no problems installing SP1 via Windows Update when it was released. I can't think of anything that may be preventing the clean-up tool from working...
 
Drewbot,

I'm not sure why it will not clean the SP1 backups. I ran it on my system again to check if that was it, after I already cleaned them, and it still ran. It just finished really fast since there was nothing there to clean.

You might try booting into Safe Mode and try running this in there. If something is blocking it, it should run in Safe Mode.

Shawn
 
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