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Windows 7: Windows Folder Size 24gb

24 Aug 2010   #11
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I would agree - %windir%\Temp is just a temporary folder, it's just not *your* temporary folder. I've cleaned it for years with no ill effects across many Windows versions. With few exceptions, on a Windows 7 machine most of the data you'll find in your %windir%\Temp folder is left behind by Windows Update or problem report data (which is periodically sent to MS unless you've disabled it).


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24 Aug 2010   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Merlin2000 View Post
My WinSxs is 6.6gb, Temp 5.4gb, Installer 2.8gb, System32 2.8gb
Be sure that you understand that the winSXS folder isn't really 6.6GB...that number is pretty misleading;
WinSXS Folder not actually consuming lots of space
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24 Aug 2010   #13
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

1) What is this "Installer" folder? I'm running win7 pro and I have no such folder under C:\windows. Please check its contents and let us know.

2) Navigate to the folder C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete all its contents. That'll free up some space.
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24 Aug 2010   #14
Merlin2000

Windows 7
 
 

Quote:
Be sure that you understand that the winSXS folder isn't really 6.6GB...that number is pretty misleading;
- It may not be "using" 6.6gb, but it's still allocating 6.6gb from my hard drive


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1) What is this "Installer" folder? I'm running Windows 7 pro and I have no such folder under C:\windows. Please check its contents and let us know.
- Looks like it's 1.8gb of msi files, and then 1gb folder named $PatchCache$

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2) Navigate to the folder C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete all its contents. That'll free up some space.
- That freed up about 150mb

If I empty Windows\Installer and Windows\Temp, I'll be right at about 15.6gb for the Windows folder, which is workable. My main hard drive is only 74gb, so every MB counts

Anyone know about that $PatchCache$ folder?



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24 Aug 2010   #15
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Deleting anything in C:\Windows\Installer can cause programs to stop working.
It appears you have quite a bit of programs installed.

Maybe this will be enlightening: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/heaths/archi...ing-space.aspx
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24 Aug 2010   #16
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Merlin2000 View Post
Quote:
Be sure that you understand that the winSXS folder isn't really 6.6GB...that number is pretty misleading;
- It may not be "using" 6.6gb, but it's still allocating 6.6gb from my hard drive
No it's not. Did you even read the link that I posted that I wrote up some time ago? It's your reporting tool of choice that is reporting that it's taking 6.6GB of space...when in actuality it is not.

Look at my example. I used a 200MB partition and managed to put nearly 300MB of stuff in it...at least according to Windows explorer and tree size pro. But obviously, it's not possible to put 300MB of stuff in 200MB of space.

Now, to be fair, there is 6+GB of stuff used within the C:\windows share that does make up what you are seeing in C:\windows\winsxs....but that WinSXS folder is NOT actually 6.6GB in size...nor would you get 6.6GB of disk space back if you were able to delete the folder.
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24 Aug 2010   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Merlin2000 View Post
I have Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and noticed that my c:\windows folder size is 24gbs!

Is this normal?

My Temp folder is 5.4GBs, not sure if it's safe to clean out the files in that folder...
I only have win 7 x32, but windows folder is ~10 GB.

From looking at a couple of the posts here, then you can gain some, but no earth-shaker, by:

1. WIN + E |open your C drive | in the long bar at the top, type in %temp%
Now select everything that gets displayed (Ctrl + A) | right-click and choose Delete.

That got rid of a lots of temp files, but not all. Oh yes, if you get a prompt about a file being in use, just hit the SKIP button.

2. Download and run CCleaner.

3. WIN | type Disk Cleanup | be sure to check mark anything shown and to also visit the Advanced tab to reduce your system restore points to one.

Now some links:
CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download
Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
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24 Aug 2010   #18
Merlin2000

Windows 7
 
 

Quote:
No it's not. Did you even read the link that I posted that I wrote up some time ago? It's your reporting tool of choice that is reporting that it's taking 6.6GB of space...when in actuality it is not.
- Yes I did. What I'm saying is that even if it's a bunch of hard links, Windows 7 is still going to show that space as being allocated in every program (including Windows Explorer). It may not be allocated on the hard drive, but it's less space I will have to use. So I can have Windows 7 report that I'm using 100% of my hard disk, yet my hard drive will actually have free space equivalent to the amount of space that Windows Explorer says is being taken up by Winsxs.


Quote:
1. WIN + E |open your C drive | in the long bar at the top, type in %temp%
Now select everything that gets displayed (Ctrl + A) | right-click and choose Delete.

That got rid of a lots of temp files, but not all. Oh yes, if you get a prompt about a file being in use, just hit the SKIP button.
- That freed up about 50mb

Quote:
2. Download and run CCleaner.
- I'm a little weary about running a registry cleaner. My Win 7 registry is only a couple MBs in size

Quote:
3. WIN | type Disk Cleanup | be sure to check mark anything shown and to also visit the Advanced tab to reduce your system restore points to one.
- I did this, it didn't give me a confirmation at all when I checked to delete previous restore points though. I clicked the button and it didn't even hesitate. So most likely I didn't have too many restore points, I'm a little surprised that it didn't even think or show that it was deleting anything.
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24 Aug 2010   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Merlin, merlin..

Did you even go to the ccleaner website and read the description?

Evidently not. CCleaner has two main parts: one part is a cleaner for windows and applications, the other part is a registry cleaner. The two parts are completely separate. By the way, one would never run a registry cleaner to regain space as that is a trivial amount
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24 Aug 2010   #20
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Indeed, don't use the registry cleaner, but you can use other parts of the software.
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