Removing RTM Files from Vista SP1

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 22 Oct. 2008 / Last Updated on 22 Oct. 2008]

Installing Service Pack 1 on Windows Vista archives certain files so you can remove SP1 later if you decide to. You can reclaim disk space by deleting these files.

Installing Service Pack 1 on Windows Vista archives certain files so you can remove SP1 later if you decide to. The likelihood of your wanting do this however is slim since SP1 significantly improves Vista’s performance and behavior. So if you’ve installed SP1 and have verified that all your devices and applications are working properly, you can remove these archived files by using the VSP1CLN command which is new to Vista SP1. For more information type VSP1CLN /? at a command prompt. Note that once you run this tool you won’t be able to uninstall SP1, so be sure to test your upgrade carefully before you run the command.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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