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In normal PCs the Size of Windows Folder is 6 to 8 GB but in my Case its 25GB, How can i delete the unwanted files from Windows Folder which inturn optimise my C Drive size.

Thanks in Advance..

Mine is Windows 7 with 60 GB in C Drive in Which 59GB is occupied.. So i checked and found out this problem

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There are a lot of free windows 'file cleaners' out there that will tidy things up for you. I don't use them, so I cannot recommend one, but it should be free and open source if possible. The last thing you want is bloatware or spyware. –  skub Jan 15 '12 at 18:17
    
Get a bigger harddrive. –  surfasb Jan 16 '12 at 23:56
    
Just some tips to free some space: if you don't use the hibernate function, disable it and if you have a lot of RAM, reduce the size of your pagefile. –  Gene Sep 20 '12 at 9:45
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A large Windows folder is quite normal. The Windows folder may start out in the 6-8GB range bbut it will grow larger over time. This is normal behavior of Vista/7 and there isn't really much you can do about it.

The cause is winsxs, and the details are described in this blog-post.

For comparison my Windows folder is 29GB, a bit bigger than yours.

The recommendation of running Disk Cleanup in the other answer are worth a try, but I suspect winsxs is the main cause of your large Windows folder.

EDIT Filling in from the comments:

Another folder that can grow big is the Windows\Installer folder, a protected system folder that contains repair and uninstall information for the programs and updates you've installed. There used to be a program by Microsoft called miszap.exe that could clean out orphaned files from here, but there were issues and it is no longer supported.

The fact is that there really is no safe way to clean out stuff from the Windows folder beyond what Disk Cleanup can do. It is also quite normal for the Windows folder to grow over time as updates and programs get installed onto the system.

The one way to get the Windows folder back to a smaller size is to wipe the system and clean-install it from scratch. But even this is a temporary fix as the Windows folder will start to grow again over time.

To keep it from growing too much it is worth installing windows from media with the latest service pack installed and to be frugal in what programs are installed.

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my winsxs is just 5 GB –  The Indian Programmmer Jan 16 '12 at 5:44
    
That is not as big as I expected. Another thing that can balloon over time is the windows\installer folder. How big is that one for you? –  Mr Alpha Jan 16 '12 at 12:32
    
i dont have such a folder in Windows Folder –  The Indian Programmmer Jan 16 '12 at 12:53
    
It is a protected system folder and won't show up by default. You need to disable Hide Protected Operating System Files in Folder Options. Truthfully the easiest solution might be to run WinDirStat, and see what it reports. –  Mr Alpha Jan 16 '12 at 13:00
    
Its 9.36GB... Can i remove that –  The Indian Programmmer Jan 16 '12 at 13:11
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A couple more suggestions.

  1. One of typically large subfolders of Windows is Installer (a hidden system folder). You can move it to a larger drive and replace it with a symbolic link. Here's a cmd command to create the link once you have moved the folder:
    mklink /D C:\Windows\Installer D:\...\Installer
    It's an archive which isn't used often, so moving it to a slower drive won't hurt your performance.
  2. Check the LocalMLS folder (C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player\Art Cache\LocalMLS; the "Art Cache" part is named differently in non-English Windows). It can also grow large by keeping thousands of images. You can delete them all (it's just a cache, no important data), and if you don't use Windows Media Player Network Sharing, you can disable their collection in the future. Run services.msc, find "Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service" in the list (in Russian it's "Служба общих сетевых ресурсов ..."), stop it, then open its properties and change the Startup type item from "Manual" to "Disabled".
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There is a really great tool that maps the disc usage. The bigger the file/folder the bigger the square on the map. The program is called SequoiaVew and can be found here.

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Sorry, that required to download a downloader for the application which I refuse to do. –  Eric Herlitz Feb 21 '13 at 18:54
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i fixed a link to the university website hosting an actuall install exe –  Bartlomiej Lewandowski Feb 21 '13 at 19:51
    
Awesome! Seems like a useful software –  Eric Herlitz Feb 22 '13 at 7:51
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If you run low on disk space do the following:

Turn off hibernation on desktop PCs:

powercfg -h off

Remove old service pack files:

DISM /online /Cleanup-Image /SpSuperseded

Commands must be run from an elevated command prompt.

Run "disk cleanup"

Run ccleaner.exe from http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

I just reclaimed about 20GB of space on my machine.

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I posted a little trick to get size of directories or files: Fastest Way to Know the Size of Files or Folders

You first select the elements you want to measure, this by using "Ctrl" key and click over the files or folders without releasing the key. As a second step you click the right button of your mouse and select "Properties" option displayed in the menu.

With the procedure explain lines above you'll finally get here, where you will see the total amount of space used by the chosen elements.

And what is the trick? Well, it's quite simple but I know there are people who may not have acknowledge about this, just use the keys "Alt" and "Enter" and you'll skip the right-clicking thing and selecting "Properties". Yes! just select the elements and press "Alt" + "Enter" to go straight to "Properties" windows.

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You can compress Windows folders, for instance the Install folder. I went from 8,2 GB to ca. 5,8 that way. It does not solve all problems, but safely reduces size on disk a bit.

To compress a folder, do the following:

  • right-click on the folder
  • select Properties
  • click on Advanced...
  • check the "Compress contents to save disk space" option
  • click OK twice

If any errors occur, select "Ignore all", then it's applied to only those folders that can be compressed.

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