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Windows 7: My HomePrem computer takes up 19GB. How to slim down?


06 Mar 2010   #1

Win7
 
 
My HomePrem computer takes up 19GB. How to slim down?

Hello,
Our new laptop came with Windows 7 Home Premium.

I've just deleted the all restore points (Control Panel/System&Security/System/Advanced_System_settings/System_Protection_tab) and our new comp's hard drive is down to using just 19.2 GB (from 29.5 GB). According to other users (How much space does Win7 HomePrem use on new computer?), a Win 7 Pro used up 6GB; a Windows 7 Ultimate took 10-12GB.

I'm using Win 7 Home Premium, but it's using up more GB than the Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate computers.

What's going on? The only thing we added was a measly virus scanner. How come we're up to 19 GB (remember, we've already deleted all restore points)?

What can I do to slim it down?

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06 Mar 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Probably the shadow copies.

Computer on desktop

Click

C drive

right click

Properties

disc clean up

System files.

If not done already you will get a lot of new space.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Did your laptop come with any software pre-installed? Such as trial of something or demo games or any such thing? For example on my C:\ drive I have about 45 GB of used space - that's Windows plus installed software, no user files.

On the other hand, you got a brand new laptop with only 30 GB hard drive? Or you've got several partitions there?
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06 Mar 2010   #4

Win7
 
 

I've uninstalled the pre-installed "WildTangent Games" and now used space dropped from 19.3 GB to 18.2. But I wonder if there are some more GB of space I can free up.
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06 Mar 2010   #5

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
On the other hand, you got a brand new laptop with only 30 GB hard drive? Or you've got several partitions there?
The new laptop came with 288 GB Capacity hard drive. There is only one main partition (or is it proper to say "there are no partitions"?).
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06 Mar 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Probably the shadow copies.

Computer on desktop

Click

C drive

right click

Properties

disc clean up

System files.

If not done already you will get a lot of new space.
did you try this
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #7

Win7
 
 

rich, yes, it removed only a few hundred megabytes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.


Here is an excellent tutorial to use to optimize Windows 7, at the link below; also one to use to trim the amount of disk space system restore reserves for its self.

Optimize Windows 7

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage
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06 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I must have misunderstood your previous post, where you mentioned 29.5 GB.

May I ask why are worrying about few GB on a 288 GB hard drive? Are you planning to fill it all up with videos or something?

Where are all these files are? When you say you've got 19 GB used, is that the whole hard drive usage, or just C:\, or just Windows? You said there is only one single partition, is there also a Recovery disk (or partition)? If yes, are you counting it in your used space?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #10

Win7
 
 

unifex,

the reason why i wanna slim down is because we are planning on creating a system image on DVDs. We don't want the DVDs to have junk, we want to use the least number of DVDs.

when I say we've got 19GB used, I mean the complete C drive (with subfolders). There is no recovery disk/partition.
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