Most people get the notice about updates on their systems and say OK and don’t think about it again. They most likely wont notice the missing 500MB of storage that’s gone. For many power users this is no big problem, but for those people who have Notebooks with smaller drives this could make a difference.
But WAIT – you don’t want to delete these files for a few weeks of use to make sure you don’t have issue with the update. Once you feel that you have used your system without any issue, then you might want to take a look at the following article from HOW-to Geek to remove and restore that storage. At the same time you can remove some other stuff as well!
After you install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 that we mentioned yesterday, you might be wondering how to reclaim some of the lost drive space—which we’ll show you how today—but should you actually do it?
Note: If you haven’t installed the new SP1 release yet, be sure to read our post explaining what it entails before you do. Spoiler: it’s mostly bug fixes.
It’s simple: installing the service pack will take up a bunch of extra space, because Windows is going to create a ton of backups of the pre-service pack files in case you want to roll everything back and uninstall the service pack. This could be anywhere from a few hundred MBs all the way up to a GB or so.
You can easily clean out these backups with Disk Cleanup (see more below), but don’t rush to do that. Keep reading.
If your running Vista or Windows 7 you’re going to want to update your IE 8 to IE 9 and enjoy a LIGHTER – FASTER and a Cleaner experience. Microsoft is saying they are ahead of the rest of the pack with this new release…..
Internet Explorer 9 RC Now Available: Here’s the Most Interesting New Stuff – FROM HOW-To Geek
For those already using Windows 7 this is no big deal as there is very little new and if you have been updating all along there will really be nothing of importance. For those moving to Windows 7 this is good news as it will make the install go much faster.
It will be available to home users starting February 22, through the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update. If you have been keeping up to date, this update should be very quick.
Windows 7 updates deliver more bang for your buck
Product updates to get the most of out your Windows experience
Today, we’ve officially released Windows 7 SP1 to our OEM partners. We’ve said all along there’s no reason to wait for SP1, but with its official arrival, now there really is no better time to migrate. Windows 7 SP1 includes minor updates, including some made previously available through Windows Update. SP1 also includes client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory, two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. You can read more about the desktop virtualization updates on the Windows Server Team blog and get the quick run-down on the SP1 timeline here.
If you’ve already begun your Windows 7 deployment, you should continue with your roll-out while doing an evaluation of SP1 in a test environment then update your images when you’re ready. You also can easily deploy SP1 to existing Windows 7 PCs through management tools such as System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services.
The Windows Blog by Gavriella Schuster
Change is always difficult and moving from something you have had for 10 years – you know how to fix almost everything from just experience because you have had to do it so many times. Vista and negative press made it really easy not to upgrade when it came out a few years ago, but not the case with Windows 7.
With support and security issues moving to Windows 7 today make a lot of sense, but just because it makes sense doesn’t mean it makes it easy to move forward and start your upgrades. It’s in Microsoft best interest to try to make it as easy as possible to help you make that move and they have been releasing tools to do just that.
You need to look at and use the following program to really position your current state and to get a true picture of where you need to be tomorrow.
Are you looking for a tool to simplify your organization’s migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8—and, in turn, benefit from improved desktop security, reliability and manageability? The MAP 5.5 Internet Explorer migration assessment inventories your environment and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons, and then generates a migration assessment report and proposal—information you need to more easily migrate to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and the Security Compliance Manager are the essential toolset to automate your desktop and server deployment of new Microsoft technologies. Using MDT and SCM, you can significantly reduce the costs and time to securely deploy and manage Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and Microsoft Office 2010 across your organization.
What can I do with it??? Identify and analyze web application and database readiness for migration to the Windows Azure platform.
FULL ARTICLE – Assess your environment for migration to Windows 7 with MAP 5.5
If you pay for or use the FREE version of AVG anti-virus – they have had issues with the current upgrade with systems running Vista and WIN7. The upgrade deletes a very important file and your systems go into a Blue Screen – re-boot loop.
They (AVG) seems this is not the first time they have had issues with upgrades – A company this size with so many users should not be releasing upgrades which shut down your systems. Once burned OK, twice burned – I believe it’s time to move on and find another product.
If you have followed this BLOG you will have noticed that I am a user of Microsoft Security Essentials – this is another FREE anti-virus software that is light and works really well. This would be great alternative to AVG or any paid service your using. You can find the LINK to Microsoft product and others utilities @ my DOWNLOAD PAGE.
If you have been one of the unlucky people who did the upgrade and have not been able to fix your system yet, there are methods to do this which you can find in an article that ran this morning in DAILY TECH – AVG Update Cripples Users’ Windows 7, Vista Computers