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Windows 7: Windows eats up space! How do I get back space?

29 Dec 2013   #1
cristiancjb

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows eats up space! How do I get back space?

Hi
I have low space on my C: drive which is a problem now since it seems as though Lightroom needs to use some space there to work. Anyway, is Windows 7 really supposed to take up so much space? The windows map is 15 Gb big!!! What takes so much space and how can I make windows take up less space? Seems as though there should be ways to optimize this because if feels like windows just grows and grows!
All of your help is very very appreciated!
Thanks in advance!


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29 Dec 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

15GB is pretty normal.

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You can try turning off hibernation. From an elevated command prompt, type powercfg -h off

Hibernate - Enable or Disable


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29 Dec 2013   #3
cristiancjb

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

what happens after hibernation is turned off? Why does it relieve space and when it's on, why does it take up plenty of space?
Best regards
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29 Dec 2013   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Extract from tutorial:

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Read through it to understand hibernation.


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29 Dec 2013   #5
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 

Yes, 15 Gb is fine, and disable hibernation if you don't need\use it (use sleep instead).

And check the size of the pagefile (some reading), use a min\max setting, with a low min, and all will work well. & move any large user files (videos etc) to another drive.

Wont' harm experimenting with hibernation & pagefile (as opposite to attempting any windows shrinking, which will most likely result in many, many posts here asking for help!)
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29 Dec 2013   #6
cristiancjb

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
no permission

Sorry, I'm a noob but I don't seem to be able to get admin permission to disable hibernate feature with the command prompt. I followed this instruction but it seem as though I could not really do it as such. I have only one user in the computer so I don't even know why I automatically cannot have full control...
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29 Dec 2013   #7
computergeekguy

7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
Open the Start Menu, click on All Programs and Accessories, right click on Command Prompt, and click on Run as administrator.


OR
Quote:
Open the Start Menu, type cmd in the search box, right click on cmd.exe (at top), and click on Run as administrator


This will give you administrator privileges.

You may now continue with goldens suggestion.
Quote:
type powercfg -h off
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30 Dec 2013   #8
cristiancjb

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

haha, it was not harder than that! Thank you guys, you are the best!
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30 Dec 2013   #9
computergeekguy

7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Your welcome. Glad it worked out
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30 Dec 2013   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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