If you are happy with your installation of Windows Vista SP2 (UPDATE: go here if you are not), you can remove the files, stored on your computer, that will allow a roll back. I only recommend this if you are looking to save space. With hard drives as big as they are today, I see no need to remove these files unless you are below 10% free disk space on your operating system’s partition.

Removing Installation Rollback Files

To remove the files needed to rollback to SP1:

Press Winkey+R (Start, type run, press Enter), type compcln.exe, and press Enter.

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When prompted, press Y and then Enter.

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The SP2 rollback files will now be deleted. If you didn’t remove the files after the installation of SP1, you’ll save even more space.

How Much Space Can You Save?

I performed a cleanup after install Service Pack 1; if you did not remove SP1’s files, you will save more space than me. However, I still saved approximately 300MB — depicted below.

Free Space Before

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Free Space After

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So, if you need the space, go ahead and run the compcln tool and remove those unneeded files.

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25 thoughts on “Remove Windows Vista SP2 Installation Files to Save Space”

  1. Pecari says:

    there’s always something intresting around here =)

  2. Pecari says:

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  3. Pecari says:

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  4. Rob Dean says:

    Good tip!!

  5. Rob Dean says:

    Good tip!!

  6. Rob Dean says:

    Good tip!!

  7. Richard Thomas says:

    Ok, where is compcln.exe. I don’t seem to have it.

    Thanks,

  8. Richard Thomas says:

    Ok, where is compcln.exe. I don’t seem to have it.

    Thanks,

    1. Rich says:

      What message do you get when you run compcln.exe from the run dialogue?

  9. Richard Thomas says:

    Ok, where is compcln.exe. I don’t seem to have it.

    Thanks,

    1. Rich says:

      What message do you get when you run compcln.exe from the run dialogue?

  10. Rich says:

    What message do you get when you run compcln.exe from the run dialogue?

  11. Richard Thomas says:

    I get “Windows cannot find ‘compcln.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.”

  12. Richard Thomas says:

    I get “Windows cannot find ‘compcln.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.”

    1. Rich says:

      OK, if you take this issue to the forums, we can help you figure out what’s up :)

  13. Richard Thomas says:

    I get “Windows cannot find ‘compcln.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.”

    1. Rich says:

      OK, if you take this issue to the forums, we can help you figure out what’s up :)

  14. Rich says:

    OK, if you take this issue to the forums, we can help you figure out what’s up :)

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  16. Fabio says:

    compcln.exe only released 400MB!
    What about all other Windowswinsxs subfolders?
    They are taking up more than 10GB!

    Thanks,

  17. Fabio says:

    compcln.exe only released 400MB!
    What about all other Windowswinsxs subfolders?
    They are taking up more than 10GB!

    Thanks,

  18. Fabio says:

    compcln.exe only released 400MB!
    What about all other \Windows\winsxs subfolders?
    They are taking up more than 10GB!

    Thanks,

  19. Anin says:

    Amazing tip! It saved me 6GB. In fact in removes not just SP2 files but all windows update backup files!!! Thanks man!

  20. Anin says:

    Amazing tip! It saved me 6GB. In fact in removes not just SP2 files but all windows update backup files!!! Thanks man!

  21. Anin says:

    Amazing tip! It saved me 6GB. In fact in removes not just SP2 files but all windows update backup files!!! Thanks man!

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