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Windows 7: Windows folder is 365 GB


06 May 2012   #21

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

looking forward to the joyous report.
karl

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07 May 2012   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, run CCleaner often. I run it appr. once per week.
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07 May 2012   #23

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

I still would like to know what application was creating the files...

I can't guarentee it, but if you run Process Monitor for a while then the next time a large file shows up, you should be able to trace it back to the creator.
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07 May 2012   #24
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If you'd run CCleaner when I suggested it then you'd know by now if those files would have been cleaned up by it. It regularly finds 3-5 gb of schmutz when I clean up computers. It is perhaps the most highly respected little app in all of the tech world. Disk Cleanup isn't.

Did you miss my post or was I wasting my time typing out my careful thoughts for you?
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07 May 2012   #25

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you'd run CCleaner when I suggested it then you'd know by now if those files would have been cleaned up by it. It regularly finds 3-5 gb of schmutz when I clean up computers. It is perhaps the most highly respected little app in all of the tech world. Disk Cleanup isn't.

Did you miss my post or was I wasting my time typing out my careful thoughts for you?
CClean won't do anything if the files are not where it's expecting, iirc.

That being said, I wouldn't trust anything that deletes random stuff out of my C:\Windows folder, no matter how good it is supposed to be at figuring out what not to delete.
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07 May 2012   #26
Microsoft MVP

 

CCleaner is calibrated flawlessly to know which are disposable temp files. I watched it being done over 15 years. It doesn't make mistakes. There are no worries with running it. I'm growing weary of the ankle-biting.
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07 May 2012   #27

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

"I still would like to know what application was creating the files...

I can't guarentee it, but if you run Process Monitor for a while then the next time a large file shows up, you should be able to trace it back to the creator. "

These files that I'm concerned about are all from 2010 so I don't think running process monitor now will probably help for those . . .


"If you'd run CCleaner when I suggested it then you'd know by now if those files would have been cleaned up by it. It regularly finds 3-5 gb of schmutz when I clean up computers. It is perhaps the most highly respected little app in all of the tech world. Disk Cleanup isn't.

Did you miss my post or was I wasting my time typing out my careful thoughts for you? "

gregrocker - I do very much appreciate all the help I have gotten on this forum, however I'm not a computer genius just a mom that is trying to fix her computer and trying to sift through what I should and shouldn't do. Since there were other comments warning me about this I choose to go another route, your way may have been the best way, but I have no way of knowing this. And personally regarding the ankle biting comment you seem to be the only one getting offended by differing opinions. Thank you for your input.
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07 May 2012   #28

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
CCleaner is calibrated flawlessly to know which are disposable temp files. I watched it being done over 15 years. It doesn't make mistakes. There are no worries with running it. I'm growing weary of the ankle-biting.
I am a fan of CClener as well. I have used the "Cleaner" portion for years after seeing it recommended on GRC by some of my peers. It now includes a "Registry" function. Since Windows 7 has a good reputation for maintaining the registry, do you suggest it as a viable tool or better to ignore it? My opinion is to advise against its use, so that newbies don't get themselves in trouble with it.
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07 May 2012   #29

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

I deleted those files and restarted my computer and so far no problems and I freed up a lot of space. Thank you everyone for your help!
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07 May 2012   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

CCleaner is an excellent tool to get rid of temporary files. In the years I have used it I never had a problem. But as a principle I do not use registry cleaners - even not the CCleaner version although I have never heard of a problem that would relate to it.

However, there are a lot of files on the system that do not fit the traditional decription of "Temporary files". The sum of those can add up to a big number. Many are in the users own folders (genuine user files that are no more needed or were generated by some program at some time) and others hide all over the system. Appdata is a good place to start checking. There are also a lot of log files that the system seems to keep longer than needed - especially for people who never look into a log file.

So as the French say:" Il y a du pain sur la planche". - There is work to do.
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