Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Clean Up Tool (COMPCLN.EXE)

With the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) will have a new tool called compcln.exe which supersedes Windows Vista SP1 clean up tool called "vsp1cln.exe". The compcln.exe tool is a clean up tool that removes the archived files after a Windows Vista SP1 install or a Windows Vista SP2 install. If you run this tool then you will not be able to uninstall Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Vista SP2 from your computer. The compcln.exe clean up tool is located at "c:\windows\system32".

How to Run the COMPCLN.EXE Tool

Online Mode

  1. Open an elevated Command Window, refer to "Opening an Elevated Command Prompt" blog article for instructions.
  2. Type:

    compcln

  3. Type Y to start the clean up process.

Offline Mode

  1. Open an elevated Command Window, refer to "Opening an Elevated Command Prompt" blog article for instructions.
  2. Type:

    compcln /o:e:\windows

    NOTE

    The above command assumes the offline location of Windows Vista is at the root of drive E. If you have the Windows Vista image mounted at “e:\VistaMount” then the command would be:

    compcln /o:e:\VistaMount\Windows


  3. Type Y to start the clean up process.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, x86 Versions
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business, x86 Versions
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, x86 Versions
Related Articles

Version 1.1
Edited: May 17, 2012

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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Clean Up Tool (VSP1CLN.EXE)

With the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will have a new tool called "vsp1cln.exe" which is a clean up tool that removes the archived files after a Windows Vista SP1 install. If you run this tool then you will not be able to uninstall Windows Vista SP1 from your computer. The "vsp1cln.exe" is located at "c:\windows\system32".

How to Run the VSP1CLN.EXE Tool

Online Mode

  1. Open an elevated Command Window, refer to "Opening an Elevated Command Prompt" blog article for instructions.
  2. Type:

    vsp1cln

  3. Type Y to start the clean up process.

Offline Mode

  1. Open an elevated Command Window, refer to "Opening an Elevated Command Prompt" blog article for instructions.
  2. Type:

    vsp1cln /o:e:\windows

    NOTE

    The above command assumes the offline location of Windows Vista is at the root of drive E. If you have the Windows Vista image mounted at "e:\VistaMount" then the command would be:

    vsp1cln /o:e:\VistaMount\windows

  3. Type Y to start the clean up process.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, x86 Versions
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business, x86 Versions
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, x86 Versions
Related Articles

Version 1.2
Edited: May 11, 2012