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windows folder over 3GB, too huge ...

My windows XP pro installation c:\windows directory is 3 GB.   There must be ways to shrink this down.

You can see the rough distribution here:

http://asiaconduit.com/windows-dir-3gb.gif

I've already used the disk cleanup utility to remove all but that latest restore point, and remove temp files.

What here can be reduced or deleted here, and how can I prevent it from getting so huge in future ?

Thanks,
Keith
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Hello kkww =)

Well it all depends on the type of programs you have installed, because may be thre is a proram installed on your machine which has put some kind of files or folders inside this windows folder which is taking most of the size insides this folder, normally a bare bone Windows folder takes 1-1.10GB of size, mine is 1.75GB

Check inside this folder, that which folder is taking most of the size ?? You can use Treesize for this :)
http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml
And im sure that the size is reported as 3GB also when you right click it and check its properties :)
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andymsmith18Commented:
how big is your hard drive ? if you have system restore set to on and at its defult settings and your hard drive is big system restore can use up to 12% of your hard drive and it stores the stuff in the windows folder
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kkwwAuthor Commented:
My c: drive is 12GB, e: is 40GB (separate partition on same physical drive).

As I noted, I already removed all except the latest restore point.

What piece of the directory structure, shown in the link in my original post, are restores kept in ?
There are 116MB of $UninstallXXXXXXX hidden directories, which are related to patches ??, so that's not a large amount.

The space is being taken up by something else.

What about the "Software Distribution", "Installer" and "Driver Cache" pieces ... anything that can be removed ?

I would certainly want to at *minimum* get the whole size of the windows folder below 2GB.

The one big program I know of on the system is Adobe Creative Suite, but that consumes 1.5 GB under Program Files, and includes a big Common Files section there as well, so I presume they don't have all the common stuff under the Windows directory.

Thanks.
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
>> What about the "Software Distribution", "Installer" and "Driver Cache" pieces ... anything that can be removed ?

"Software Distribution" & "Installer" folders' contents can be removed,,,,, but are they huge in size ??
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kkwwAuthor Commented:
Can none of you see the graphic to which I posted a link in the first comment ?

http://asiaconduit.com/windows-dir-3gb.gif

It shows the sizes clearly.

Software distribution is about 494 MB.
Installer is 335 MB.
Downloaded installations is 108 MB.
Driver Cache is 94 MB.

So together almost exactly a gig, very well worth saving.

system32\dllcache is 392 MB.

What's the difference between all these, and are they recreated / re-downloaded automatically if needed, or only from windowsupdate, or what ?   Is there any info about them on microsoft.com somewhere ?   I haven't been able to find anything through support.microsoft.com, and I'd like to get a little assurance that deleting things from \windows is kosher before I do it ....

Thanks.
Keith
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
I CAN see that pic, but im not famliliar about the distributions it has done... so im sorry for this but i wanna work here manually.


You can delete the files from these locations,

Software distribution is about 494 MB.
Installer is 335 MB.
Downloaded installations is 108 MB.

leave the Drivers Cache folder.
about their details, they are the files which were used when you installed windows updates or service packs..... for your assurance, you can search on google and you will find that everyhwere everyone recommends to delete them.
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kkwwAuthor Commented:
I see info on experts-exchange about the

sfc /purgecache

command, that specifically says that it may need access to my installation media, which I don't have with my on this trip.   And I don't think that answers what all the 4-5 sections above are about.

Thanks for additional info, or pointers to such info.

Keith
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
>> which I don't have with my on this trip.   And I don't think that answers what all the 4-5 sections above are about.

If you dont have the installation CD or the i386 folder, then dont attempt to run this command as it will delete all cache and backup files from the system and if system will require it, it will ask for the installation disk !!
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