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Windows 7: Windows folder taking up an inordinate amount of hard drive space

17 Oct 2015   #1
mhimes1984

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Windows folder taking up an inordinate amount of hard drive space

Hello,

Over the years my windows folder has grown so big that it is currently taking up 37.5 GB of my 55 GB hard drive. I have other HD's for my programs, this HD is used solely for the OS and a few programs that could not be installed elsewhere.

I am CONSTANTLY getting low disk space errors, but there seems to be nothing I can do. I have uninstalled unnecessary programs, used Disk Cleanup (including clean up system files), and downloaded CCleader which helps minimally.

So my question is this: WTF? Why is my windows folder so ridiculously large, and is there anything I can do to shrink it? All of my online research has told me NOT to mess with the windows folder, you can damage system files etc. I would prefer not to have to buy a new HD or do a new install of windows. Is there anything I can do?


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17 Oct 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

In my opinion the proper thing to do is exactly what you don't want to do.
I would use a SSD of at least 120gb to have Windows 7 installed on.
55 gb in my opinion is just to small. Keep in mind that Windows 7 needs at least 10 to 15 % free space to work properly.
Removing Windows 7 folders or relocating them will do nothing but cause more problems.
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