> I notice that some updates (Vista/MS Office) are quite large. Over
> time, these updates can take a lot of hard drive space. My question
> is, do the older updates get automatically deleted to reclaim
> space? If not, what is the right thing to do, and how would you
> know what updates are ok to delete/uninstall???
You can fill up a hard drive with updates.
If an update gets superseded - then the changes it made are over-written by
the newer update, yes. However - if you have made your system partition
small enough - you can theoretically fill it up over time and run out of
That's why most IT people (with Windows XP) made their system partition
10+GB (usually 20+GB). I would suggest 25+GB - better yet 40+GB with
Windows Vista. It's not a whole lot of space in the long run. DVDs hold
(single layer) 4.5GB. That means that between 5 and 10 DVDs worth of space
is all you are setting aside in the above Windows Vista scenario.
While I could speak for Windows XP and tell you what 'uninstall directories'
were decently safe to delete - I cannot do that for Windows Vista. If the
amount of space you would gain by such actions is significant enough to
actually matter 3 months later - then your planning initially was poor and
you may want to reconsider the amount of space you originally installed
Windows Vista onto.
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