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Windows 7: Windows Folder is Too Big

06 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Windows Folder is Too Big

As you can see my windows folder is very large and I would like some help reducing its size. I have deleted the Hiberfil.sys file and used the Windows disk clean up program which did not help at all.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2014   #2


Hi Vividshock, welcome to the Seven Forums.

There's no way the Windows folder can grow to be so big without the user saving a huge amount of files in it. Your Windows folder is about 10 times as big as it should, containing almost 30 times as many files as it should.

The windows folder is a system folder and should not be used for storage. If this is not a hoax, please begin by telling what have you saved in Windows folder (other than Windows system files).

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2014   #3


In addition to my previous post, please take a screenshot of your Computer view showing all drives and post it here. This is what I mean, from my Windows 8.1 PC so it looks a bit different but you understand which view I mean:
Windows Folder is Too Big-2014-01-06_15h13_06.png

My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Jan 2014   #4
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1

An easier way to find out what you have in there would be for you to run the Dir command through cmd.

If you could follow these steps and then upload the file for us to look at?


How to Create a File List at a Command Prompt
  1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click MS-DOS Prompt (or Command Prompt in Windows NT).
  2. At a command prompt, locate the drive that contains the folder whose contents you want to list. For example, if you want to create a text file that contains a list of the contents of a folder on drive C, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER: c:
  3. At a command prompt, locate the folder whose contents you want to list. For example, if you want to create a text file that contains a list of the contents in the Windows folder on drive C, type the following commands at a command prompt, and press ENTER after you type each command: cd\
    cd windows
  4. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER, where filename is the name of the text file that you are creating: dir > filename.txt
    For example, if you want to create a file named Windowsfolderlist.txt, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER: dir > windowsfolderlist.txt
    NOTE: The text file that you create is located in the folder that you are in when you follow these steps. In the earlier example, the Windowsfolderlist.txt file is located in the Windows folder.
  5. Use a text editor, such as Notepad, to view or print this file.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

This might help us figure it out.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

So I and other can follow this thread I recommend using this to post screen shots.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

I'm curious how Windows Folders got so big.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2014   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

This program should tell you where all the space is going:

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

Let it scan (wait for the hourglass icons to disappear) then post a screenshot please.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I narrowed down my problem towards the SYSWOW64 folder which I was unable to scan with Free TreeSize and WinDirStat.

Volume in drive C is Dem Windows
Volume Serial Number is 88E4-E300

Directory of C:\Windows

01/11/2014 07:33 PM <DIR> .
01/11/2014 07:33 PM <DIR> ..
10/27/2013 11:47 AM <DIR> .jagex_cache_32
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> addins
07/13/2009 07:20 PM <DIR> AppCompat
12/10/2013 03:57 AM <DIR> AppPatch
02/27/2013 10:08 AM 44,066 atiogl.xml
05/25/2013 11:27 AM 0 ativpsrm.bin
11/20/2010 05:24 AM 71,168 bfsvc.exe
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> Boot
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> Branding
06/29/2013 08:39 PM 38 camcodec100.ini
11/05/2012 07:06 PM 5,120 Cmicnfgp.ini.cfg
07/02/2013 07:36 PM 45,397 Cmicnfgp.ini.cfl
07/02/2013 07:36 PM 858 Cmicnfgp.ini.imi
03/07/2013 09:08 PM 5,874 cmudaxp.ini
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> Cursors
12/21/2013 05:09 PM <DIR> debug
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> diagnostics
02/08/2010 09:36 PM 519,048 difxapi.dll
07/13/2009 09:37 PM <DIR> DigitalLocker
12/25/2013 04:28 PM 16,921 DirectX.log
08/21/2013 07:35 PM <DIR> Downloaded Program Files
05/25/2013 10:08 PM <DIR> ehome
07/13/2009 09:37 PM <DIR> en-US
11/18/2013 09:22 PM 1,945 epplauncher.mif
02/24/2011 10:19 PM 2,871,808 explorer.exe
07/13/2009 05:39 PM 15,360 fveupdate.exe
07/13/2009 11:50 PM <DIR> Globalization
07/13/2009 09:37 PM <DIR> Help
01/11/2014 07:33 PM 0 Helpmenow.txt
07/13/2009 05:39 PM 733,696 HelpPane.exe
07/13/2009 05:39 PM 16,896 hh.exe
06/10/2009 12:30 PM 48,265 HomePremium.xml
07/13/2009 09:37 PM <DIR> IME
01/10/2014 07:56 PM <DIR> inf
11/05/2007 12:30 AM 1,144,983 KB936225x64.msu
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> L2Schemas
07/13/2009 06:34 PM <DIR> LiveKernelReports
12/28/2013 04:57 PM <DIR> Logs
12/27/2013 06:31 PM 600,382,868 MEMORY.DMP
07/13/2009 03:06 PM 43,131 mib.bin
12/16/2013 03:27 AM <DIR> Microsoft.NET
12/09/2013 11:15 PM <DIR> Migration
11/03/2013 08:17 PM <DIR> Minidump
07/13/2009 06:34 PM <DIR> ModemLogs
06/10/2009 12:36 PM 1,405 msdfmap.ini
07/13/2009 05:39 PM 193,536 notepad.exe
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> Offline Web Pages
12/21/2013 12:21 PM <DIR> Panther
12/09/2013 06:38 PM <DIR> PCHEALTH
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> Performance
01/10/2014 06:30 AM 10,058 PFRO.log
07/13/2009 07:20 PM <DIR> PLA
12/21/2013 01:03 AM <DIR> PolicyDefinitions
01/07/2014 07:11 PM <DIR> Prefetch
07/08/2013 02:38 PM 31 progress
07/13/2009 05:39 PM 427,008 regedit.exe
07/13/2009 07:20 PM <DIR> Registration
12/24/2013 06:25 PM <DIR> rescache
06/22/2013 11:10 PM <DIR> Resources
05/25/2012 05:06 PM 1,706,640 RtlExUpd.dll
07/13/2009 06:35 PM <DIR> SchCache
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> schemas
07/13/2009 07:20 PM <DIR> security
07/13/2009 08:45 PM <DIR> ServiceProfiles
05/25/2013 10:08 PM <DIR> servicing
07/13/2009 08:45 PM <DIR> Setup
01/11/2014 06:03 PM 3,046 setupact.log
12/21/2013 05:09 PM 0 setuperr.log
12/09/2013 06:37 PM <DIR> ShellNew
12/21/2013 05:15 PM <DIR> SoftwareDistribution
07/13/2009 09:37 PM <DIR> Speech
02/10/2012 10:36 PM 67,072 splwow64.exe
06/10/2009 12:31 PM 48,201 Starter.xml
10/27/2013 11:30 AM <DIR> Sun
07/27/2013 08:59 AM <DIR> system
06/10/2009 01:08 PM 219 system.ini
01/10/2014 07:56 PM <DIR> System32
01/11/2014 06:06 PM <DIR> SysWOW64
07/13/2009 08:57 PM <DIR> TAPI
05/27/2013 10:17 PM <DIR> Tasks
01/11/2014 07:26 PM <DIR> Temp
10/10/2013 05:15 AM <DIR> Temp392AAE3C-660C-47F7-251B-6A3888C1563B-Signatures
07/13/2009 06:34 PM <DIR> tracing
06/10/2009 01:41 PM 94,784 twain.dll
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> twain_32
11/20/2010 04:21 AM 51,200 twain_32.dll
06/10/2009 01:41 PM 49,680 twunk_16.exe
07/13/2009 05:14 PM 31,232 twunk_32.exe
07/13/2009 07:20 PM <DIR> Vss
07/13/2009 09:32 PM <DIR> Web
07/13/2009 09:09 PM 403 win.ini
01/11/2014 07:24 PM 1,244,582 WindowsUpdate.log
07/13/2009 05:14 PM 9,728 winhlp32.exe
12/21/2013 11:15 AM <DIR> winsxs
06/10/2009 12:52 PM 316,640 WMSysPr9.prx
08/17/2013 06:38 PM 193 WORDPAD.INI
07/13/2009 05:39 PM 10,240 write.exe
10/10/2010 11:00 AM 55,438 Xonar Audio.ico
02/14/2011 05:23 PM 15,086 Xonar Audio2.ico
04/12/2007 05:35 PM 40,358 Xonar DG Audio.ico
44 File(s) 610,344,222 bytes
58 Dir(s) 2,749,718,528 bytes free
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2014   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

How big is your SYSWOW64 folder?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

My System SpecsSystem Spec

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