Windows Update – Clean Up

Tip submitted by Jacee on October 13 2012

Windows Update – Clean Up

This tip works … first,download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista/Windows 7 right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.

Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately.
**If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.

After rebooting/restarting your computer, click on “Windows Updates”. Choose maybe 8 or 10 at a time to update. DO NOT try to update all of them at one time!

Repeat the process of Windows updating again, choosing a few at a time.

What does cleaning out Temp folders have to do with windows updates?

It has a ton to do with WUD (Windows Updates Downloader)!! You would be surprised.

If I don’t clean all temps, and reboot, then I see some update errors. I’ve used TFC on all three of my computers (XP Home SP3, Vista Business SP2 and Win7 SP1 Ultimate) with excellent results.

Be aware of .NET updates! Susan Bradley gives her ‘update’ patch info and chart info in her column on “Windows Secrets”. Unfortunately this is only in the ‘paid for’ version, but I feel the articles are worth the absolute minimum $’s you can contribute.

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8 thoughts on “Windows Update – Clean Up

  1. A little late in on this. Worked great – finally something that cleans them all. I suspect some people hit the wrong download button on the website. In Chrome hover over button to make sure you are using the correct one.

  2. Based on the above 6 Responses to Windows Update – Clean Up, I won’t waste my time downloading your TFC SW. Thanks to those who responded unfavorably. Saved me unwanted aggravation on yet another hidden “You have to buy it to find out if it works” ad that promises results, but neglects to mention (fee not mentioned until we are installed, in your registry and places you don’t even know where to look.

  3. I clicked on the link you provided to download TFC but now am ‘hounded’ by a site Speedy Computer” reporting 12382 items needing cleanup and wanting my credit card to clean them up??????

  4. As a new subscriber to PCmatic/PitStop, I find reading tech talk contributers, though a lot of times over my 80 yr old head, interesting and have peaked my interest in learning how and why things work, I've never had any PC classes and most of what I do on the computer is for my own pleasure, but thank you all for putting information out there for old dummies like me. my pc is an HP all in one, i enjoy every facet I've discovered on it… I've learned mostly from just putting in query's.
    on stuff and following directions.

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