Trying to mitigate this bloating problem, Microsoft released a new update for all Windows 7 SP1 PCs that allows users to delete outdated update files when using the Disk Cleanup tool. Basically when you install the new Hotfix (described as KB2852386) a new option will appear called “Windows Update Cleanup”, just select the option when using the tool and you’ll be able to gain more disk space in your system.

There is one more thing… When you open the Windows 7 Disk Cleanup tool, you won’t see the new option right away, you need to click the Clean up system files button.

SEE ALSO: How to configure automatic Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 Although, this is a welcome option to have in the operating system, the amount of disk space you can recover is minimum. We’re talking about 100MB to 500MB and maybe a bit more, but that’s just it. To download the Hotfix KB2852386 follow this Microsoft link. There you’ll find a x86 and x64 version of the update. Windows 8 already comes with the feature, so there is nothing to install. Just open the Run command and type cleanmgr to launch the tool. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.