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Cleanup after installing Windows 7 SP1


After installing Windows 7 SP1 you definitely want to run this command to cleanup left behind backup files. This will clear up about 3GB on your hard drive.

dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

Cleanup after installing Windows 7 SP1

You can see that Microsoft recommends running this command in their Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows 7 with SP1.


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  • Derek

    Thanks, incorporated this into my deployment.

  • Scott Mitchell

    It went okay on my technician machine. On my test machine, a new build in audit mode, it said it could not run in safe mode. I am not sure what to make of that. Any ideas?

    • Scott Mitchell

      Found the answer to the above question: Turn off System Protection to run the command in Audit mode. Do this: In the search box type: ‘create a restore point’ then open it. It opens the System Properties dialog box. Under the tab System Protection, select ‘Configure…’ then select ‘Turn off system protection’. Now runs the command (the cleanup takes several minutes), when it’s complete uncheck ‘Turn off system protection’.

  • MK

    i don’t need turn off security protection to executed that command and bring me successfully ^_^ . thanks