When you install Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1, the installation process leaves behind about 800 MBs of original Windows Vista files--in case you later want to remove SP1. Relative to current hard drives, 800 MBs isn't that much space. But, it's still enough space to store a couple hundred MP3 files or a few video clips. Personally, I just don't like useless files taking up space on my drives. In this IT Dojo video, I show you how to remove all those old files using the SP1 Files Removal Tool.
After watching the video, you can read the original tip in Greg Shultz's article, "Remove all remnants of the Windows Vista SP1 installation". For more Windows Vista tips and tricks, check out the following TechRepublic Resources:
- Installing Windows Vista Service Pack 1
- 10 cool new shortcuts in Windows Vista
- How do I... Disable services in Windows Vista?
- An investigation of GUI changes found in Windows Vista SP1
- Windows Vista SP1 Blocker Tool
- Handle Windows Vista like a pro with these tricks
- Creating a Windows Vista Recovery CD
- Build a computer for a Vista 5.9 Performance Rating
- The Choice command is back in Windows Vista
- Disable Vista's User Account Control prompts while protecting your system
- Tweak Windows Vista services the right way
- Create your own custom Windows Vista Control Panel
- Add multiple desktops to Vista and XP with the Vista/XP Virtual Desktop Manager
- Bypass the Windows Vista's logon procedure
- Create a Vista password reset disk using a USB flash drive
- Put the default Search back in Windows Vista SP1
- Selectively disable UAC for your trusted Vista applications
- Will the real Windows Vista Administrator account please stand up?
- Use Virtual PC 2007 to access a Complete PC Backup image in Vista
- How do I increase CPU performance in Windows Vista?
- Return familiar icons to your Vista desktop
- Tips for boosting Vista performance
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.