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Windows 7: 29GB Windows folder, able to shrink?

3 Weeks Ago   #1
ProfPepper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
29GB Windows folder, able to shrink?

Hey, I've noticed my Windows folder has been bloating, is there any way to reduce it further?


I've already done Windows Update cleaner in the Disk Cleaner and cleared all my caches.


I've even done some potentially dodgy stuff like manually cleaning my DriverStore.


Is there anything else I can do? I'm open to different things.


No I'm not deleting system32.


Thanks


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi ProfPepper,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ProfPepper View Post
Hey, I've noticed my Windows folder has been bloating, is there any way to reduce it further?
Without having any precise or further information, it is difficult to say exactly what you are hoping to achieve. You could backup old files that you don't use that often to an external HDD/USB for example.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ProfPepper View Post
I've even done some potentially dodgy stuff like manually cleaning my DriverStore.
That doesn't sound good!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ProfPepper View Post
Is there anything else I can do? I'm open to different things.
You could use the portable version of WinDirStat [FREE] from here => WinDirStat. It will give you an overview of all the folders on a drive, and the space they use. You can even alter the view to show by file type.

You could also try TreeSize [FREE] from here => TreeSize Free. It will tell you what folders and files are using up your space.

There are obviously others that do the same thing!

I hope this helps!
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

29 GB is certainly not a large Windows operating system. Of course it does depend on how many other software programs you have installed & how large your personal data files might be.

It seems that you have done what most of us do to reduce the overhead in random file accumulation, such as clearing browser history etc.. Do not attempt to remove any Windows Operating System files as that will very likely kill system.

What Paul Black has suggested will certainly help you.
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Hi Ranger4. Out of curiousity, what does the 29 GB mean?

I wonder what ProfPepper meant by Windows "folder?"
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

wither2. 29 GB is 29 Gigabytes & it indicates the number of bytes on the hard drive. I assume ProfPepper referring to "folder" means the size of his Windows 7 operating system, as a folder with 29 GB in it would certainly be a very big single file.

This Wikipedia website might help explain megabytes & gigabytes for you.

Gigabyte - Wikipedia
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To be honest, updates in general are more bloat than what you really need and WILL fill your HDD with garbage. The only updates one only really needs are the critical updates, and maybe some others here and there that might fix an issue.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
wither2. 29 GB is 29 Gigabytes & it indicates the number of bytes on the hard drive. I assume ProfPepper referring to "folder" means the size of his Windows 7 operating system, as a folder with 29 GB in it would certainly be a very big single file.

This Wikipedia website might help explain megabytes & gigabytes for you.

Gigabyte - Wikipedia
I asked a stupid question. The 29 GB came from the title of this thread and I failed to pay attention.

I asked my second question because he said Windows folder and that could be the C:\Windows folder. If that were the case, he could empty the Temp folder in that path. If he's referring to another folder such as the C:\users\"his user name"\AppData\Local\ folder, he could empty the Temp folder there.

Best way to clean those folders is to run the Disk Cleanup utility in Accessories, System Tools on his C: drive. When it says how much space it can recover, check the boxes for Temporary Files and Recycle Bin. Let it run. When done, reboot.
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

No worries, we all misread things occasionally. If you reread his original Post it says he has already run Win Disc Clean Up & a few other things as well.

We will have to wait until he responds again.
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

I agree we need to hear from him.

I don't know what "Windows Update cleaner in the Disk Cleaner is."
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Wither 2 If you run Win Disc Clean Up using Run as Administrator, & observe the files it is cleaning up you should see one that says Windows Update Clean Up & if you haven't run it for awhile it could amount to hundreds of megabytes or more.

To run Win Disc Clean Up, right click on the Icon & from the menu select Run as Administrator.
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