Posted on 2002-04-07
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
This file grows at an incredible rate on this computer.  I booted up this morning at 7:30 AM, and now, 9 hours later, this file has exploded to 614mb.  The other day, after the computer had been up for about 6 days, this file had grown to 5gb!  It had consumed 75% of the available space on my C: drive.

I've observed that the file resets in size to 0kb every time I restart the computer.

One thing I tried was the utility Process Explorer from  It just informs me that the file is opened by "System".  That does not narrow this problem down much.

I am also unable to delete the file.  I get the error: "Cannot delete trace: It is being used by another person or program.  Close any programs that might be using the file and try again." whenever I try.

Why is this file growing so fast?  More importantly, how do I make it either: a) Not grow so fast, and/or b) Not get so big.  Is there some magic setting that is screwed up?

Question by:thresher_shark
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +2
LVL 41

Expert Comment

ID: 6924409
this may give you a clue
LVL 10

Expert Comment

ID: 6924438
oh Steven        link please  :>)
LVL 22

Expert Comment

ID: 6924444
I bet stevenlewis meant to include a link on how to disable wmi logging.

In Win2K, it's controled by wmimgmt.msc.  I don't know if XP is the same or not.

Optimize your web performance

What's in the eBook?
- Full list of reasons for poor performance
- Ultimate measures to speed things up
- Primary web monitoring types
- KPIs you should be monitoring in order to increase your ROI

LVL 22

Expert Comment

ID: 6924446
Idasweared I refreshed before posting...
LVL 41

Expert Comment

ID: 6924460
LVL 16

Expert Comment

ID: 6924511
Per chance did you download the MS boot optimizer? bootvis.exe?
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

GUEEN earned 50 total points
ID: 6924513
If you did bootvis.exe has to run twice.  The first time it turns logging on, then you reboot and it will analyze trace.log
I have heard that bootvis.exe crashes a lot and thus creates the problem of not turning the log off.  
All you have to do is select 'stop logging' from the trace menu in bootvis.exe (to stop the logging)
WMI has no control over this particular log.

Author Comment

ID: 6926836
Yes, this is exactly what happened.

You see, several months ago, I ran that utility and it crapped out on me (read: locked up) before it finished.  Not knowing anything, I just deleted it and didn't think anything of it.

I downloaded the utility again, tried it again, and it worked fine (though it only improved the computer start time by about 5 seconds).  No more trace.log!

Featured Post

Three Reasons Why Backup is Strategic

Backup is strategic to your business because your data is strategic to your business. Without backup, your business will fail. This white paper explains why it is vital for you to design and immediately execute a backup strategy to protect 100 percent of your data.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw  "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing.  You will be panic as there are no back…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Do you want to know how to make a graph with Microsoft Access? First, create a query with the data for the chart. Then make a blank form and add a chart control. This video also shows how to change what data is displayed on the graph as well as form…

630 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question