Windows 8 compressed Panther folder

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  1. stapp

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    I'm using Win 8.1 (with the update) and am wondering what other users are doing with the compressed Panther folder at C\Windows\Panther.

    Leaving it alone or deleting it?
     
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    Leaving it alone - didn't even notice it was there. However, based on Google results lookup, I wonder if I should keep it? Per one of the posts, "Windows the Panther folder can easily fill up multiple gigabytes."
     
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    Hello,
    I am on same OS (64 bit). On my system, there is nothing in that folder but one empty folder (UnattendGC). Since zero disk space is being used, I will just leave it alone and not delete it.

    Note: I usually run the MS Disk Cleanup utility once a month using the "Clean up system files" option and checking all options including "Windows Update Cleanup". Maybe why my Panther folder is empty?
     
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  5. stapp

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    I will probably run MS Disk Cleanup tomorrow and see how it goes (back on XP at the moment)

    Thanks :)
     
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    Stick to using the built in disk cleanup, it does a good job now.
     
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    Windows Vista 32bit --> Windows 8 --> Windows 8.1 --> Windows 8.1U
    Not compressed Panther folder at C\Windows\Panther = 29,7 MB
    MS Disk Cleanup left the Panther folder as is.
     
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    Same here. It usually took 15 mins to a few hours to delete the Windows Update files, depending on the computer. After I installed Update 1 I noticed the Windows Update Cleanup took only 10 seconds but the C: drive used space didn't change. I repeated the Disk Cleanup scan and the Windows Update files were no longer offered.

    I tried...

    dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

    ... and it uninstalled Update 1. That shouldn't have happened. So I restored an image, installed Update 1, ran Disk Cleanup as above and tried...

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

    The Component Store was corrupted. I tried...

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    ... it failed to fix the Store.

    This happened on four computers. Two desktops and two laptops.

    Have you run Disk Cleanup on your Update 1?
     
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    Hello Brian,

    I did run cleanup a few days after Update 1. I also ran it again a few days after I installed the second part of update 1. I have no issues here as you can see from my screen-shot. Sorry as I know this offers no solution, only more questions...
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  11. Brian K

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    Great news. But I don't know why I was four times unlucky.
     
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    Hello Brian,

    I usually wait a few days after windows update and make sure my system has been rebooted several times before I run the disk cleanup. Just out of curiosity, do you do the same or do you run the cleanup very soon after the initial reboot to finish installing the windows updates? Just stabbing in the dark a bit trying to see if we did anything different...
     
  13. Brian K

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    I did run it "immediately" after the Update 1. Same day. So after restoring an image and updating again, I waited over a week. Same result. I'll try again after the next Windows Updates.

    I tried the Update 1 both ways. From Windows Update and from the six .msu. Same result.
     
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    No problems here running disk cleanup to remove windows update backups, always run it after getting latest updates when the system reboots.
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    I've also run cleanup after update and didn't notice any problems. Will try to do HealthCheck to see if it reports any problems.
     
  16. Brian K

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    Thanks guys,

    So far it seems it is only my computers that are experiencing problems after using Disk Cleanup/System Files/Windows Update Clean-up.

    For those who have done this could you run the following line from an Admin Command Prompt....

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

    Please let us know if it reports Component Store corruption.
     
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    I installed Windows 8.1 Update and used Windows update cleanup option. I get "No component storage corruption detected".
     
  18. Banzi

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    No problems here as well.
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    Add another "no problem" after Update 1 and then running disk cleanup.
     
  20. Brian K

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    I tried another clean-up today on my main computer and again experienced corruption. There is no common unusual software among my four affected computers. A fifth test computer cleaned up today without corruption. My first success.

    I'll continue to check the main computer from time to time.
     
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    Update...

    I didn't run Disk Clean-up again but about a week ago I noticed the OS partition had an extra 1 GB of free space.

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth showed Store Corruption so I assume an "auto" Disk Clean-up happened.

    I used a Win8.1 Update 1 ISO and did an Upgrade inside Windows. It took less than half an hour and now all is OK. So far. All apps and settings were preserved.
     
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