Disk Space Saver Utility

Disk Space Saver Utility

Following on from our guide about clearing up disk space on your hard drive, we have now created a very simple batch file called Disk Space Saver Utility that will take care of all the space saving for you by just double clicking a single file!

The batch will delete all of your Windows Updates download and log files and then run through the WinSXS folder and remove anything it can safely remove. Once complete, reboot your machine and you should notice significant disk space has been freed up for you which is particularly helpful if you are using a smaller sized SSD like this Kingston 120GB SSD on Amazon.

Download Disk Space Saver Utility

Download Disk Space Saver Utility

Instructions

First of all you will obviously need to download the file which you can do so by clicking the button link above. Once you have the file downloaded, you will then need to ensure that you have full admin rights on your machine – if you do not have full admin on your machine, this process will not work.

Go to the downloaded zip file and unzip it using either the built in Windows function or a free zip program like 7-Zip.

You will find in the zip file a batch file called dssu.bat (for Disk Space Saver Utility). You should then go ahead and run the batch file as an administrator – not just local administrator but it must be elevated with administrator permissions. If you are unsure on how to do this, please take a quick look at the guide video below:

As soon as you have run the program it will start the process, first it will stop your Windows Update Service, then clean out your Windows Update cache:

Disk Space Saver Utility
Disk Space Saver Utility

Once it has completed that, it will restart the Windows Update Service.

The batch file will then start to run through the WinSXS folder, cleaning up whatever it can without causing any damage to the Operating System:

Disk Space Saver Utility
Disk Space Saver Utility

You will then be notified once it has fully completed the process. Then, just reboot your computer and check out your disk space saved!

Compatibility

This utility is designed to run on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 however, you can run it on Windows 7 but the WinSXS part of the clean up will not work and you will see some errors. You will see this in our Windows 7 video demo below. This does not do any damage to your machine and it will still work in clearing up your Windows Updates cache. As you can see in the video below, on a Windows 7 machine this process saved around 3.5GB in disk space.

Video Demo

For a full guide demonstration, see the video below:

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Windows Essentials 2012 – End of Life in January 2017

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Windows Essentials 2012 will be reaching its end of life in January 2017. This means that you will no longer be able to download the software from Microsoft. However, we have downloaded the offline full installer for Windows Essentials 2012 and you can download it from us.

Just click the button below to download the offline installer:

Windows Essentials 2012 Offline Installer

You can then install all the products within Windows Essentials 2012.

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Ultimate Settings Panel – Version 5.3 Released

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We are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel version 5.3.

We have now fixed all the reported bugs and amended the logo on the About screen to our new one. We have also added some new buttons to the Options page for our Social Media sites.

Note that we have also removed the standalone versions as this seems to have been causing problems with various anti-malware programs.

Ultimate Settings Panel is completely free with no trial periods or Pro versions.

Included in this release are the 64-bit and 32-bit installers including MSI – ensure that you install the correct version for your computer.

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Download Ultimate Settings Panel v5.3

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LICENCE INFORMATION

This program is completely free of charge for both personal and commercial use.

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December 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

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If you are having problems with updating your Windows 7 machine, then you should download the monthly update rollups now provided by Microsoft.

These contain a large amount of updates to a particular date and are released each month. Once you have downloaded the update file and installed it, you should then only have a few minor updates to install and this should run a lot quicker.

At the time of the post being published, the latest is December 2016 Rollup but we will post when each monthly update is released.

You can download the December 2016 Rollup by clicking the button below:

December 2016 Monthly Rollup

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Sophos Anti-Virus and Web Protection Free for Home Users

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Sophos has always been an excellent anti-virus package for corporate users but you can now get Sophos for home use completely free of charge.

You can create yourself an account with Sophos and then install on up to 10 computers for family and friends and also centrally manage them from a web console.

Having been using McAfee Internet Security for about three years now and costing up to £89 GBP, we have recently moved to Sophos Home and have found it much better at detection and does not cause the computer to slow down like McAfee does during updates and scheduled scans.

It also provides web site protection so if you try and visit a web site with reported viruses on it – it will step in and stop you and give a warning message like this:

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It also protects again Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP) so if you download an installer and it tries to wrap in programs you do not want, it will alert you and allow you to clean the dirty downloaded file:

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The software itself has a very simple user interface making it easy to clean to use where you can add some exceptions should you wish and run a full scan at your own convenience:

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To get this product, you simply need to create yourself an account using the link below:

Sophos Home

This will take you to the Sophos Home page and you just click on the “Get Started” green button:

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This is where you can create your Sophos account with a few simple fields:

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You will then need to confirm your email and you will then have access to your Sophos Home Dashboard. From here you can either install on the machine you are logged into or you can generate a link to send to your friends and family (up to 10 remember) to download a custom installer.

Please note that we are no way affiliated with this product, we just believe that this is one of the best free security programs available at the moment and wanted to share it with our visitors.

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Ultimate Settings Panel

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Get the latest release of our own custom-built Windows utility – Ultimate Settings Panel. This is a multi-panel utility for all various Operating Systems and Windows features. This program also installs Windows God Mode. Please note that Ultimate Settings Panel no longer comes as an MSI installer package. Download To download, simply scroll down towards the … Read more