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Windows 7: My HomePrem computer takes up 19GB. How to slim down?

06 Mar 2010   #11
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

What is the size of your C:\Windows folder? That would be OS. For my Ultimate I've got 9.5 GB there. What software is installed on your PC? What is the size of the Program Files? And finally what is the size of the C:\Users folder - very often there is lots of junk there, although this should not be the case on a brand new PC.


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06 Mar 2010   #12
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you plan on using the built in system image and DVD, at least 50% chance it will not work. Use this instead.

When I tried system image on DVD, as also a few posters, I was forced to shut down by pulling the plug. Not good.

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06 Mar 2010   #13
beautiful

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
What is the size of your C:\Windows folder? That would be OS. For my Ultimate I've got 9.5 GB there. What software is installed on your PC? What is the size of the Program Files? And finally what is the size of the C:\Users folder - very often there is lots of junk there, although this should not be the case on a brand new PC.

C:\Windows\
Size: 9.63 GB
Size on Disk: 9.72 GB


C:\Program Files\
Size: 4.29 GB
Size on Disk: 4.31 GB

C:\Users\
Size: 504 MB
Size on Disk: 512

P.S. Currently, i have 14.5 GB in all of the C: Drive.
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06 Mar 2010   #14
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Well, your C:\Windows size is similar to mine. What you can try is to see whether there are any Windows components you do not need - such as some games for example, or whatever else you are not using.

Also, see if all the installed programs are necessary for you, or at least for the your current purposes.

Finally, half a GB in C:\Users is a bit too much for a new PC, you can certainly cut down there.

I would also take a look at what Rich has suggested.
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06 Mar 2010   #15
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Delete the Temp Files.


Hiberfile & Pagefile are the 2 that eat up the most space.

PF with be 1.5x whatever amount of RAM you have.


Others may disagree but what I do:
I decrease the size of my PF. I have 8GB of RAM, so that much is just not needed IMO. I finally settled at 2GB for my PF.

You can possibly reduce a little, or move it to another drive, but disabling it would be a bad idea.

Also, the Hyberfile you can delete, if you do NOT use Hibernate.
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06 Mar 2010   #16
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by beautiful View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
On the other hand, you got a brand new laptop with only 30 GB hard drive? Or you've got several partitions there?
The new laptop came with 288 GB Capacity hard drive. There is only one main partition (or is it proper to say "there are no partitions"?).
It is proper to say you have 1 partition.
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06 Mar 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There are a couple of things you can do:

1. Eliminate the hibernation file with powercfg.exe -h off in elevated cmd. That will save you several GBs.
2. Create aand move all user files.
3. Reduce the page file to 200MB (which is minimum). But I would do that only for the imaging. Later you should set it back to default.

My Win7 is about 17GB (with #1 and #2 implemented), but I have a ton of programs installed. My winsxs is over 4GBs alone. If you abandon the restore points, you should do frequent imaging. Else you have no safety net at all.
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07 Mar 2010   #18
n0th1n9

Vista HP, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro, Seven Ultimate x2
 
 

If you want to have an image backup then might I suggest using an external USB HDD. The performance is far better than that of any optical drive.
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07 Mar 2010   #19
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I've seen default installations of Windows 7 x64 (regardless of version) take up 15+ GB of HD space, so it's entirely possible that it's just the OS. As "streamlined" as Windows 7 is compared to Vista, it doesn't take up any less space on the hard drive.
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07 Mar 2010   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I don't see a very big difference in the space used by Windows 7 as opposed to what's used by Vista, considering this install of W 7 is only about 8 hours old and I have almost nothing installed on W 7 yet.

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