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Windows 7: Nvidia sure is an efficient garbage file collector

29 Sep 2013   #1
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Nvidia sure is an efficient garbage file collector

So the other day I was doing some typical computer management. You know, dusting, checking every connection on the hardware side, wiping what the air can couldn't get to. Then I moved onto software. Every month at least once, I like to go into my programs directories ( x64 and x86 ) and see what is going on, and if I can find any junk that ccleaner missed. I have a .txt file that I use when I install a program. In this .txt file I write down the amount of space a given program has taken. And when I go over the programs I compare the original install size, to the current size. Well, somehow I never checked Nvidia folder. It was....get ready.....drumroll....OVER 3 gbs! Now this wouldn't anger me as much if I was using a normal HDD for my main OS drive, but I use a SSD, so you catch my drift. Anyway, the culprit was C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2.

I did not delete it right away, after all I am a cautious person and I wanted to know just why it grew to such a size. Well apparently after each driver upgrade, NVIDIA likes to leave install garbage behind. It is totally safe to delete Installer2 directory. It will not damage your current NVIDIA install. Here is a helpful link I am providing.

Clean Up Old NVIDIA Driver Folders to Free Up Hard Drive Space

I bet there is at least one person here, with a bunch of junk in there that is just wasting space
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01 Oct 2013   #2
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

I do not use Nvidia. But, this post indeed will be a great help to those who are using Nvidia card and are worried with the size of the folder.
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01 Oct 2013   #3
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

If you remove that folder (Installer2) you won't be able to uninstall the drivers from Programs and Features.
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03 Oct 2013   #4
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
If you remove that folder (Installer2) you won't be able to uninstall the drivers from Programs and Features.
But you will be able to update to a new version of the driver right? I have read A LOT of articles on this issue, and they all agree that it is safe to delete this folder, especially for those who own an SSD to reduce the number of junk files.
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