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Losing space on our server.  What is the best way to safely clean up the Windows folder without crashing the system?
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by:Santosh Gupta
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hi,

Pls share below.

1. Server OS.
2. C drive size
3. Max space using folder names.
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by:Santosh Gupta
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More over you can delete these files.

C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch
C:\Windows\$NtUninstall...... folders (hidden)
C:\Windows\Downloaded Installations\
 C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\
C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Local Settings\Temp
 C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\Temp
 C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temp
 C:\WINDOWS\TEMP

C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
 C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
 C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Local Settings\History
 C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\History
 C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\History


http://www.optimizingpc.com/optimize/deletefiles.html



if you are using windwos 2008 then you have to enable disk cleanup. See the url.


http://www.basics.net/index.php/2013/02/25/win-server-2008-r2-how-to-enable-the-disk-cleanup-utility/

https://support.appliedi.net/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/992/0/how-to-enable-the-disk-cleanup-tool-on-windows-server-2008-r2
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by:sarvjita
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hi
1. goto my computer -> select a required drive and right click -> click properties -> click disk cleanup ->  carefully select/unselect the folders -> click ok
2. uninstall the packages/software which is not required
3. manually deleting/moving personal data files which are not required
4. moving software dumps to external drive
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by:nobus
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Disk cleanup was not available on our systems.  Managed to move 5 GB of files out of the winsxs folder to another partition.  Thanks for the info.
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It worked.
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