c drive to full to run 2003 sp1 install

I have removed everything I think I can. I have about 290mb free, and I need over 460 to do the install. 2 questions what can I remove from the c: like inside of c:\windows, or what can I remove out of documents and settings and teh administrator account,

or when i go to do the sp install I tell it to go to the e: why does it still check c: i want to get this service pack installed on there what do I do?
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Hey eberhardt2329,
What's the current size of C?
Are you storing your i386 on C:?  
You can remove any additional profiles under Docs & Settings outside of Administrator, All Users and 'your' account.
Any of the old $NTUninstallKB folders under C:\Windows can be removed as well as, of course, any Temp folders there.

Good luck!
eberhardt2329Author Commented:
the size is 4gb and I need to find a couple hundred mb so i can do the install. so remove any users under documents and settings except administrator, there is a admin can I remove that. Also the $NTUninstallKB folders  I will tell you how much this gives me
eberhardt2329Author Commented:
only about 8mb
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Not sure where 'admin' came from - sounds like either it was created afterwards, or the administrator account was renamed - check the dates on those, sort by last accessed or modified dates.  If the profiles haven't been used in a while you could delete them, but it doesn't sound like their storing much anyways.

What folders do you have in the root of C?

Have you gone through control panel, add/remove to ditch any software you're not using?
Do you have any huge .DMP files on this partition?
You can probably forget about the profiles folder. You need a peak of about 800MB to 1.4GB free space (depending on installation type), and permanent space of 450MB to 850MB. The best candidate is probably moving the pagefile.sys to another disk, and extracting the service pack files (argument "-x") to another partition will at least release the space for the temporary expanded files.

The hard disk space requirements for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

You receive a message that you have insufficient available drive space if you try to install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

Release notes for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
eberhardt2329Author Commented:
pagefile.sys to another disk, and extracting the service pack files (argument "-x") to another partition will at least release the space for the temporary expanded files.

how would I do this, and how much space would this give me?
You can move the pagefile by right-clicking "My Computer", then go to "Properties", the "Advanced" tab, click the "Settings" button in the "System Performance" section, go to the "Advanced" tab, click the "Change" button in the "Virtual Memory" section, choose "No page file" for the C drive, add one with the appropriate size on another disk or partition, and click "Apply". After a reboot, the pagefile will be on the other disk.
You can extract the file by starting the sp1 exe with the argument "-x"; it will then ask for a folder in which to unpack the files.
The space it will give you depends on the size of your current pagefile, and the size of the unpacked service pack ...
eberhardt2329Author Commented:
I made the chaneg for the page file this gave me what I think I need. I have not rebooted yet. I am running the sp1 from the windows update server, how do i download it, and run it with the -x option
Download the network version here; you'll have one large file that you can use for other machines as well.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (32 bit)
why not get a new larger hard drive then ghost the old one to the new one adjust the partition size if necassary then do the install. If the disk is allready out of space how well will it perform if you manage to free up enough room to do the install but then the disk will still be full? good luck
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