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Vista - Clearing space in Windows folder

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  • Started 6 years ago by jeremydup
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jeremydup
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My 140 GB disk is almost full and in seems that Windows folder is taking most of the space. Is there a safe way to clear out things that are not needed like, upgrade files, restore files and any other junk, like a million language files that are not needed. I have EasyCleaner software but it does not touch Windows stuff

thanks

Posted 6 years ago
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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

How big is your Windows folder?

Posted 6 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

My Windows folder is 13.4GB - just to give you an idea. With WinDirStat you get a very good overview of what's on the disk.
PS: Deleting system files is generally not a good idea. Deleting language files is OK, but that will not save the day.

Posted 6 years ago
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jeremydup
Posts: 49

Thanks. Windows is 16GB of which winsxs is 50%, System32 is 23% and Installer is 12%. What I really need to know is what exactly I can delete - file names, folders etc.

Posted 6 years ago
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whs
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If you filled a 140GB disk, you must have a lot of stuff of your own (Pictures, Movies, Music or whatever). I suggest you move some of that to an external disk. Playing around with the system files is not at all recommended and will yield very little - even when successful. As I said earlier, language files are fair game.

Posted 6 years ago
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The Geek
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I wouldn't delete anything directly from the Windows folder... you can use the Disk Cleanup wizard combined with CCleaner to clean up some space. The Disk Cleanup wizard has an option that lets you remove all but the most recent restore point. That will clear up some space.

But I agree with whs, with only 16gb for windows you probably have loads of files that you could do something else with.

Posted 6 years ago
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whs
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I hate to disagree with the Geek, but cleaning up the restore points (shadows) would not be my choice. Reasons:
a) this is a very temporary relief because Vista will refill the shadowstorage at the rate of at least about 1GB per day and in a few days you are back to square one.
b) it is never a good idea to deprieve yourself of restore points because you never know when you will need them - and be it only for recovering files with Shadow Explorer.
It is possible to eliminate the shadowstorage all together, but that is only a good strategy if you use e.g. Acronis or Norton Ghost for system backups.

Posted 6 years ago
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jeremydup
Posts: 49

Thank you both for the replies. I will Ccleaner.

I have discovered a folder off the root called MSOCache. This is taking up 6GB of space. What is it and can I remove that?

Posted 6 years ago
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whs
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Read this (all of it): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830168/en-us
PS: CCleaner is very good to use, but it will not free up tons of space. In your case you really have to move some of your own files outboard.

Posted 6 years ago
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jd2066
Posts: 3814

Also see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/924616/en-us if you have Office 2007. It says the MSOCache folder is required for Office 2007 and cannot be removed.
See http://blogs.technet.com/askco.....large.aspx for info on what the winsxs folder is for.

Posted 6 years ago
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JonMCC33
Posts: 266

Don't delete anything in the C:\Windows folder. Not sure why anyone would.

Posted 6 years ago
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jeremydup
Posts: 49

I have solved my disk space problem. See my new topic ThinkPad RRbackups and disk space

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....?replies=1

Posted 5 years ago
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