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How can i tell how much space windows updates will require?

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Hi All,

One of our Windows 2003 servers is down to its last 2GB of space on the C drive.

It says it has updates pending.  I'd like to apply them, but would like to know how much space they will take up.


Is there an easy way to do this?
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You will find it better to free up some space


http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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The server had 300MB before I did some house keeping.  I dont really think there is much room for more savings.
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Did you go over all the options Leew mentions??
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I'm not really interested in saving a few extra 100MB.  I just want to know what the patches will use up so i can decide on installing them.
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by:Donald Stewart
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You asked "Is there an easy way to do this?"

That was my suggestion :)

Otherwise updates usually only replace files that already exist.

The $uninstaller folder they create is usually the space that they consume.

The software distribution folder(That they are downloaded to) gets cleaned up automatically over time.

Unless they are service packs, they shouldnt take up much more space(Other than the already mentioned $uninstaller folder)
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ok thanks.

Found out the info via the custom install menu.
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note to self "Duh"

forgot about that :^)
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