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Windows 7: Windows Folder Size 24gb

23 Aug 2010   #1
Merlin2000

Windows 7
 
 
Windows Folder Size 24gb

I have Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and noticed that my c:\windows folder size is 24gbs!

Is this normal?

My Temp folder is 5.4GBs, not sure if it's safe to clean out the files in that folder...


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23 Aug 2010   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I don't quite understand the main question, but it is safe to empty the Temp files. The files are intended to be removed automatically, but it doesn't always happen.
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23 Aug 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you mean that the OS is taking up 24gb of space, just a bit on the high side. The OS requires 20 gb if 64 bit a and a bit less for 32. If you have programs etc, you may be about right.

If you did an upgrade or custom install you may have a windows.old.that can be deleted

You will also take space with backup, system restore, etc.
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23 Aug 2010   #4
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Might be worth checking file and folder size with a tool like SpaceMonger to see where that particular usage is being reported. That is a bit high, even for a large WinSxS cache.
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23 Aug 2010   #5
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You have to take into account that the Windows folder size reported by folder properties is doubled due to hardlinks.
For a rough (very rough) estimate divide 24 by 2...12.
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24 Aug 2010   #6
Merlin2000

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry, I updated my OP. I'm talking about the Windows folder size at C:\Windows

It's showing up at 24gb. I checked it with WinDirStat

Is this what you guys have for the total size of your Windows folder?

The Windows.old folder is stored outside of the C:\Windows directory, so it's not including that space. Just surprising (well, not too surprising) that Win 7 would require so much space to run.

My WinSxs is 6.6gb, Temp 5.4gb, Installer 2.8gb, System32 2.8gb
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24 Aug 2010   #7
derekimo

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Here's my windows folder,


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24 Aug 2010   #8
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Mine is at 16.2GB on disk as well, for what it's worth (x64, installed since August 2009). It's probably time to drill down and see where that used space is going.
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24 Aug 2010   #9
Merlin2000

Windows 7
 
 

I'm running a clean install of Win 7 x64 Professional.

I ran a disk cleanup and it removed a lot of the temp files, but none inside of c:\Windows\Temp

I believe the Disk Cleanup utility removes the temps files within C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp not the c:\Windows\Temp folder. I usually don't like touching the Windows\Temp folder - I've never seen the after effects of deleting it under Win 7.
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24 Aug 2010   #10
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Merlin2000 View Post
I've never seen the after effects of deleting it under Win 7.
There is zero after effect.
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