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Why my windows folder so big?

I am running out of disk and found c:\windows is 10G big.
Tried to clear the temp folder and temp internet files but still that big.

Any suggestion?
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kanalQkoTechnical Support EngineerCommented:
you can also remove all $ folders, this folders are hidden, only one usage of them is when u want to unistall some patches that were previously installed, go to folder option check show hidden files, then uncheck hide system files, after that you will be able to see all temp folders
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KCTSCommented:
If you want to automagically cleat the hotfix backups try http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_hotfix_backup.htm
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slam69Commented:
Be careful removing these folders you might get rid of something you might need further down the line.

i have a laptop only 3 months old so lot less updates than you have recvd and my windows directory is 6GB there shoudl be other areas you can claw back memory from than this. have you done a dick clean up, a defrag to see where your drive stands then> if still full you shoudl really be looking at getting a secondary hd/new hdd to move onto.

the mpost you are going to get back from this directory is going to be 1-2 GB which in the long run is going to be negligible

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grakemCommented:
You need to track down what is swelling the drive so much:

Download and run this tool on your c:\windows folder and it will show graphically wht is taking up the most space:

http://w3.win.tue.nl/nl/onderzoek/onderzoek_informatica/visualization/sequoiaview//
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haim96Commented:
look for LOGS folder if you running SQL or IIS on your machine.
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turbot_yuAuthor Commented:
I have removed all $ folders. But still that big.
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slam69Commented:
Make sure you have deleted from recycle bin and then check to see if you need to run a defrag from computer management screen in control panel
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turbot_yuAuthor Commented:
any other suggestion?
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grakemCommented:
Did you use sequoia view to determine which files were taking up the space? as I mentioned above?
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BillDLCommented:
Look at how many System Resore Points you have and see if there are any older ones that you wouldn't want to go back to anyway, and remove them.  Some Windows Updates and other programs may create restore points automatically.

Type the following command in the Start Menu's Run field:
%SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe

Or Right-Click My Computer > Properties > System Restore tab.

Some programs can create some very large *.LOG files, eg. AntiVirus, Firewall, etc.  Open those programs and view the logs.  Usually there is an option to delete all logs from the user options.

What you probably need more than anything is a utility that reports what directories are consuming the greatest chunks of the hard drive, and you can then investigate if there is junk in them.

TreeSize Professional V5.0 ($50):
http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/

"Personal" Version ($24), which does not support network drives, Windows Server systems, command line options and exporting the data, but has all other functions:
http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/treesize_personal.shtml

Free version.  Good, but without the great pie-chart:
http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

There are bound to be other very similar but free programs out there that show visual charts.

Other free, shareware, and retail programs, some simple, some more complex:
http://www.achacha.org/adu/
http://www.programurl.com/software/disk-usage-report.htm
http://windirstat.info/

http://www.dmoz.org/Computers/Software/Disk_Management/Usage_Analysis/

I like the look of this:
http://www.spadixbd.com/dsm/

Search google for "hard drive usage report".
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BillDLCommented:
Sorry grakem, I hadn't seen your link to a similar program you suggested.
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turbot_yuAuthor Commented:
the big folder is C:\WINDOWS\assembly\Microsoft.VisualStu# 4G
tried to delete it, but said cannot uninstall it.
Any suggestion?
Also another big folder is C:\WINDOWS\installer 1.3G, Can I delete it?
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slam69Commented:
I would still be recommending you investigate some additional hdd space, looks like you are using vis studio or at least sql linked with vis studio and the assembly directory above is required to keep that running the way you have set it up.

you will not gain a huge chunk of memory back and unless you hardly use your pc you are going to be beack out of space within the next month or so and back in the same scenario
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grakemCommented:
You won't be able to delete both without jeopardising your other software, I would recommend just buying some extra hard drive space.  
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you turbot_yu.
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