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Windows 7: Windows 7 getting fat

12 Sep 2009   #1
AdeonC

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 
Windows 7 getting fat

Guys, I need some help here.
I have a partition only for the operational system. Now it's almost full, and I've just noticed that win 7 folder has 17gb! What's that about, temporary files? Is there any way to clean something that's consuming my harddrive in its folder?

Thanks.


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12 Sep 2009   #2
holo88

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

more than possible that your System Restore check points are the culprits. in disk clean up, hit "Clean up system files" (or similar) and then clean up restore points.

hope it helps.
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13 Sep 2009   #3
AdeonC

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by holo88 View Post
more than possible that your System Restore check points are the culprits. in disk clean up, hit "Clean up system files" (or similar) and then clean up restore points.

hope it helps.
I tried deleting these checkpoints but it didn't help. Windows folder still contains 17gb and increasing

Thanks
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13 Sep 2009   #4
7Dreams

Windows 7 Build 7600 64bit/Ubuntu/Leopard
 
 

clean install again.
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13 Sep 2009   #5
holo88

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

hmm...

did you do an upgrade installation? if that is the case there will be a folder called windows.old. and that, depending on your previous OS, could account for the extra 8+ gigabytes.
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13 Sep 2009   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

It could be Updates (and backups of those) that are now taking up valuable space.

You may also want to check what is in C:\Windows\Temp folder and see if you can clear ALL that is in there.
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13 Sep 2009   #7
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by holo88 View Post
hmm...

did you do an upgrade installation? if that is the case there will be a folder called windows.old. and that, depending on your previous OS, could account for the extra 8+ gigabytes.
But it's not (or shouldn't be) stored within the Windows folder, it's a folder on it's own in the ROOT directory
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13 Sep 2009   #8
AdeonC

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by holo88 View Post
hmm...

did you do an upgrade installation? if that is the case there will be a folder called windows.old. and that, depending on your previous OS, could account for the extra 8+ gigabytes.
I didn't, there's no windows.old folder. In my situation, I'd have deleted this already by now :P

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
It could be Updates (and backups of those) that are now taking up valuable space.

You may also want to check what is in C:\Windows\Temp folder and see if you can clear ALL that is in there.
This Temp folder contains 1.28gb... is it safe just to delete everything?
Sure this folder does contain quite large data, but it's not really the focus of the problem
winsxs folder has 5.61gb

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7Dreams View Post
clean install again.
That's something that I'm avoiding to do since I don't believe the only solution is reinstalling the OS.

Thanks to everyone.
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13 Sep 2009   #9
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You should know the Windows folder is shown as double in size then what it really is. This is because most of the files in there are nothing more then hardlinks to locations inside WinSxS. Hardlinks are counted in terms of filesize, every file that has a hardlink ref-point is counted twice or more.

In the screenshot below all the tiny red arrows in the bottom left corner are hardlinks. Enabled from "LinkShellExtension". Almost everything in System32 is a hardlink, only a few files are not.


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Windows 7 getting fat-hardlinks_system32.png  
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13 Sep 2009   #10
Orbital Shark

 
 

It's completely safe to clean out the temp folder within the Windows folder
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