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Windows 7: Abnormally large Windows folder, size reduction possible?

12 Aug 2015   #11
nev

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

My Windows folder is 24.1 GB. I'm not far off from yours and I have a large backlog of updates.


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12 Aug 2015   #12
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Here is the System32 folder that you mentioned:

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How large is your DriverStore folder?


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12 Aug 2015   #13
ProfPepper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Sorry for the late reply. DriverStore is around 7 GB for me, is that unusually high?
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12 Aug 2015   #14
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

One possibility: How to get free disk space back after installing Windows 8.1 Spring Update 1 (Feature Pack)

Rats, never mind, that is for Windows 8. I don't think Windows 7 DISM has that capability.
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12 Aug 2015   #15
ProfPepper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Disappointing. There should be a way to reduce DriverStore right? I feel most of the space is from old Nvidia drivers or something.
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12 Aug 2015   #16
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ProfPepper View Post
Sorry for the late reply. DriverStore is around 7 GB for me, is that unusually high?
The 3 computers that I checked were around 1GB.
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository seems to have the most files.
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12 Aug 2015   #17
ProfPepper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Yep, FileRepository is what holds basically the entire 7 GB.

I downloaded a DriverStore explorer to take a look at what drivers are actually stored there, and I found a lot of old Razer and Nvidia drivers.

I can apparently delete these old drivers but I'm not proficient with messing around with system32.

I have a .csv file of all the drivers if you'd like to see that.


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12 Aug 2015   #18
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I don't know of a way to safely clear out old files from there.
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12 Aug 2015   #19
ProfPepper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

All good, I made another thread in the Drivers forum. Thanks for helping me diagnose the problem though!
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12 Aug 2015   #20
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Read through this tutorial by Brink.
A lot of good ideas but you probable won't need to do all of them.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

60 gig ssd is very small. Not much room to work with. Windows 7 needs about 10% free space to work properly. I wouldn't use anything smaller than a 120 gb.

These days 120, 240 and 500 gb ssd's are priced right.
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