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Windows 7: Clear up my windows-folder

31 Jan 2016   #1
Spac3man

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Clear up my windows-folder

Im running out of free space on my C.
I have tried everything here Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover but i still only have 15gb of free space.

When i scan my C with WinDir i can see that there are 2 folders under "Windows" that takes up all the space:
winsxs and System32 and i know i should not touch the winsxs folder.

So then System32 i must be able to clean up. 88% of the used space on that folder are stored under Driverstore-Filerepository. Its 9.32 GB and 638 items, here is a screen of the first chunk of files

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I need some help here on what i can remove.
like i said, this is just the first chunk of files from this folder, maybe you can tell me what i should look for or maybe i can sort the list from old to new files?

I appreciate all the help i can get from you guys


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31 Jan 2016   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I would not, under any circumstances, delete or modify anything in the Windows folders.

Unless I felt like doing a reinstall when my system subsequently got borked because of it.
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31 Jan 2016   #3
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Couple of quick fixes.
Turn off Hibernate, clear all but last restore point and reduce its size, THEN run the MS diskcleanup.
copy docs/pics to an external device (USB/CD)
And as Melonhead said LEAVE those folders alone.

Roy
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31 Jan 2016   #4
Spac3man

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
I would not, under any circumstances, delete or modify anything in the Windows folders.

Unless I felt like doing a reinstall when my system subsequently got borked because of it.
Even if its just .exe-files thats gonna be deleted?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Couple of quick fixes.
Turn off Hibernate, clear all but last restore point and reduce its size, THEN run the MS diskcleanup.
copy docs/pics to an external device (USB/CD)
And as Melonhead said LEAVE those folders alone.

Roy
Maybe you missed it, i have already tried all that. The link in my first post is to the guide on this forum with all that usual stuff like Disk Cleanup, disable Hibernate, CC etc
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31 Jan 2016   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The system32 folder is your system. You mess with it, your system is toast. Just make C bigger.
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31 Jan 2016   #6
Spac3man

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The system32 folder is your system. You mess with it, your system is toast. Just make C bigger.
But if i only delete .exe files? That shouldnt be any problems right?
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31 Jan 2016   #7
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Spac3man View Post
But if i only delete .exe files? That shouldnt be any problems right?
No. We're trying to tell you that there will be problems. Those files are there for a reason.
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31 Jan 2016   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Spac3man View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The system32 folder is your system. You mess with it, your system is toast. Just make C bigger.
But if i only delete .exe files? That shouldnt be any problems right?
Go ahead and report back on how you are doing - but don't let anybody know that I told you so. We may learn something.
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31 Jan 2016   #9
Spac3man

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Spac3man View Post
But if i only delete .exe files? That shouldnt be any problems right?
No. We're trying to tell you that there will be problems. Those files are there for a reason.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Spac3man View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The system32 folder is your system. You mess with it, your system is toast. Just make C bigger.
But if i only delete .exe files? That shouldnt be any problems right?
Go ahead and report back on how you are doing - but don't let anybody know that I told you so. We may learn something.
Damn. So your telling me that not all exe files are for installing programs?
There for a reason, maybe, but there are many files that never gets cleared if you dont do it yourself like with cc
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31 Jan 2016   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

.exe files execute something - normally a program or a subroutine (e.g. the famous svchost.exe). They are not specific to program installations.
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