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    Finding size of installed Updates

    I have a recently purchased Asus notebook with Windows 10, build 15063, pre-installed and am concerned about the size, MBs, of any Updates which have occured since.
    Have looked at "Installed Updates" but it does convey the size of the Updates.
    Can you please help me to find the size of these?
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    Stuart76 said: View Post
    Have looked at "Installed Updates" but it does convey the size of the Updates.
    Can you please help me to find the size of these?
    The thing to bear in mind about the quality updates (the ones that provide security fixes and patches) is that an update will supersede and replace previous parts of the system. As replacements rather than additions they should not be taking up much extra space.

    However, backups of the previous updates are kept and these do take up space. These are held in the Component Store (WinSxS). You can determine the size of WinSxS and (if you wish) clean out the old superseded update backup packages.

    See these tutorials...

    Analyze Component Store (WinSxS folder) in Windows 10

    Clean Up Component Store (WinSxS folder) in Windows 10

    Running Disk Clean up and clicking 'clean up system files' is another way to see if there are any update backups that can be cleaned up, and to clean them up if you choose.

    Features Updates are another thing entirely, these will update the version of Windows you are using. Youe build 15063 is version 1703, the current version is 1803, build 17134. A features Update is an upgrade, and as such will keep your previous system in a Windows.old folder for 10 days after the upgrade in case you need to roll back. After 10 days this should be automatically deleted, but you can delete it earlier by running Disk Clean up to clean up system files.
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    G'day Bree,
    Many thanks for your suggestions. I have downloaded them to try later.
    Please note mistake in original - tne word "not" should be between "does" and "convey". Sorry.
    Thanks again, Cheers, STUART76.
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    Just wondering what the basis of your concern is... do you not have sufficient space on your disk, or are you just curious?

    I've had Win 10 consistently on this PC through several builds (without clean installing) and not noticed any significant increase in the space taken up by Windows.

    Given your stated build, what is your current build number? (Window key + R, winver).

    MS has been working on 'delta updates' such that whilst each update is cumulative (encompasses all others since the last build), what is downloaded to a given PC should be limited to what is necessary, reducing the size of the download.
    Windows 10 Gets First Delta Updates in Addition to Cumulative Updates

    Thus although you can see the size of each update in the thread per update per build in the News section, is does not follow that what is downloaded by Windows Update is ncecessarily as large.
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    Thanks Dalchina ref Concern

    G'day Dalchina,
    My concern is my ISP is logging data against my account which I am so far unable to account for. Before I start questioning them, I am trying to find out if anything is happening "behind the scenes".
    Because I do not normally use the internet very much, I only have a small data plan.
    Cheers, STUART76.
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    Hi, ok, so you're interested in download stats over the internet.

    You can get a rough breakdown via Settings:
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    Now consider what routine downloads there might be:
    - windows updates
    - defender updates (more than daily typically) (frequency set in Task scheduler)
    - other security software updates (if any)
    - app updates (frequency set in Task scheduler)
    - app data updates
    - other installed program updates (may be automatic, or generate a prompt)

    Apps (the universal apps supplied by default and from the Store) can be controlled to a degree thus:
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    Windows updates can be throttled thus:
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    Programs like
    NetworkTrafficView - Monitor the traffic on your network adapter
    'sniff' the adapter and show traffic on an ip basis, but not per originating program.

    Resource Monitor (from task manager) can give a view of per process usage.
    Netbalancer (monitoring is free) is older, but gives a good view (monitoring is free I think)
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    Here you can see
    - java update (manual)
    - apps update via Store (manual)
    - Roboform (password manager) - perhaps syncing?
    - small amount of Avast

    It doesn't show specifically process usage by a small email client. This seems to be relegated to an instance of svchost.exe.

    This (not free) gives a helpful view:

    There are plenty of monitoring tools- find one that suits you- if you find a good one, let us know!

    Last edited by dalchina; 09 Aug 2018 at 01:55.
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  7.    #7

    G'day Dalchina,
    Thank you for your information. Have downloaded and will try it later.
    Thanks again and will keep in touch.
    Cheers, STUART76.
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