Vista SP2 Freeing Up Massive Disk Space

Reports of gaining 130GB after installation.

Published Mon, Jun 1 2009 2:50 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:36 PM CST
Less than a week after Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista, reports are popping up that users are regaining massive amounts of disk space after the installation is completed.

Vista SP2 Freeing Up Massive Disk Space

Several people are pleased to see the added disk space after the installation. And we aren't just talking about gaining a few GB of space here and there. Some have reported that they have gained about 40GB of free space back while on user reported recovering a whopping 130GB of free space!

Right now the assumption is that SP2 includes a command line cleanup tool called compcln.exe that is responsible for removing older system files and restore points. If SP2 runs this tool by default, this could explain the significant reduction in disk usage that some users are experiencing. We'll keep an eye on this to see if Microsoft issues an official explanation on the benefits.

Zac provides professional IT support by day, but plays the role of enthusiast by night. He's been building high-end custom computer for the nearly fifteen years and writing PC hardware reviews for the better part of a decade. Aside from computers, he also dabbles in quite a bit of home A/V equipment. Throughout the years, Zac has picked up an extensive knowledge of power circuitry and leverages this to provide the PSU reviews. When not found testing or writing, you can often find him speeding through the winding countryside on his motorcycle.

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