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Windows Folder in Windows 7 x64 35+GB in SIZE!!?? SSD Solid State Drive

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Hello, I don not know a lot about win 7 OS  but I currently
 have a new dell machine with a 128GB SSD and my windows
folder is already over 35GB... Can someone tell me what the
$%Q$@#! can/is causing this?

My machine is clean, i.e. no viruses, etc. there are also no known local
backups happening that i know of.
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A normal size is about 25Gb but that is after some use. Look in c:\windows and see how big winsxs is. That may be a big part of your usage and it wil normalize over time.

Get a trial copy of TreeSize (Jam Software) which will sort your folders neatly by usage and tell you what is what.

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Also, did the computer come with SP1 installed? If not, download and install Service Pack 1. That may reduce winsxs

Here is my usage:

 TreeSize2
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Could be the page file.  Sometimes if you have 8 GB RAM the page file can be large; even twice your RAM.  

Click "start" and type "advanced system settings".  In the "advanced" tab click under "performance" click "settings".  In "performance Options" click "Advanced".   What is the size of your page file?  Look under "virtual memory".  

Also, it can be the hibernation file.  See, http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/819-hibernate-enable-disable.html
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sorry, Thinkpads_User .  see you already have page file in your picture.
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Page and Hibernation files do take up space of course, but they are in the root and coloradoeastbankan…was focussing on the Windows folder. ... Thinkpads_User
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Thanks guys, the winsxs directory is 12gb in size.  the paging file is 8182MB (as you mentioned I do have 8GB of RAM)

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Your winsxs is the correct size, so can you get TreeSize and show us the largest folders in Windows.

My Windows 26Gb Your 35Gb but both winsxs reasonably the same size. So some other folder is responsible (failed updates for example).  ... Thinkpads_User
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I ended up migrating documents, pics, music to an external drive.  that gave me 60GB back!  thanks guys, Clint
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You are most welcome. I was pleased to assist. ... Thinkpads_User
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Page and Hibernation files do take up space of course, but they are in the root and coloradoeastbankan…was focussing on the Windows folder. ... Thinkpads_User

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Yes, your are right.
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sorry, meant to use "quote" not "code" in above post.
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You're welcome.  Please look at my system below.  I use Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit.  
My "C:\Windows" is, 14.5 GB.
And, my "C:\Windows\winsxs" is, 6.21 GB.
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just fyi: From what I've read you can't move the hibernation file from its default location.

But, you can place the page file anywhere.  it doesn't have to stay on the root of "c:\".

I keep mine on two separate hard disks.  See picture below.  
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