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koam
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[WIN7] Size of Windows 7 on HD: 26GB - can it be reduced?

My Windows 7 C:\Windows folder is 26 GB on my HD. I have limited space on my partition and it can't be expanded. System drive is SSD on laptop.

Within the Windows folder the largest folders are:
winsxs, 14.4 GB
Installer 4 GB
System32 2.7 GB
assembly 1.4 GB
SysWOW64 1.2 GB
Microsof.NET 0.6 GB

Can I reduce the amount of space that Windows is using?
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plencnerb
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I don't think there is much you can reduce. Picture above is my Windows 7 folder size.

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Razzy12345

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reply to koam
Yes install Windows 8!

JK!


Boricua
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reply to koam
You can try nLite, take out what you don't need and re-install Win7. Hopefully, it would've reduced the size some.
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Oedipus

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reply to Razzy12345
said by Razzy12345 :

Yes install Windows 8!

JK!

If he's going to do that, he may as well just install Windows 95 or something.

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said by Oedipus:

said by Razzy12345 :

Yes install Windows 8!

JK!

If he's going to do that, he may as well just install Windows 95 or something.

How it will help Razzy to sell more Windows 8?
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RW95

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reply to Oedipus
said by Oedipus:

said by Razzy12345 :

Yes install Windows 8!

JK!

If he's going to do that, he may as well just install Windows 95 or something.

Except the fact, he'll run into blue screens, crashes, limited file size and partition support, limited 128MB memory support, etc etc. Awesome "joke".

Seriously off-topic though.

Oedipus

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said by RW95 :

said by Oedipus:

said by Razzy12345 :

Yes install Windows 8!

JK!

If he's going to do that, he may as well just install Windows 95 or something.

Except the fact, he'll run into blue screens, crashes, limited file size and partition support, limited 128MB memory support, etc etc. Awesome "joke".

Seriously off-topic though.

It will solve his size problem, so it's not off topic.
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koam
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Re: [WIN7] Size of Windows 7 on HD: 26GB - can it be reduced?

Points taken on reinstall Win 7 or go get Win 8.

Other than those, while keeping my Win 7 installation, any suggestions would be welcome.

My Windows 7 is using 26 GB on my HD. I have limited space on my partition and it can't be expanded. System drive is SSD on laptop.

Within the Windows folder the largest folders are:
winsxs, 14.4 GB
Installer 4 GB
System32 2.7 GB
assembly 1.4 GB
SysWOW64 1.2 GB
Microsof.NET 0.6 GB

Can I reduce the amount of space that Windows is using?
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Exidor
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This seems like a thorough tutorial:

How to Free Up and Recover Hard Drive Space in Windows 7

»www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/12···ver.html

Perhaps one or more of the options listed may apply to your situation.


izy
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reply to koam
Why not upgrade/migrate to a larger SSD?

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···20147163

You may be able to free space now but a month or two down the road it's going to be an issue again.
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koam
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thanks. I still have 29 GB free on the SSD, so I'm trying to manage it.

biznatch11

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reply to koam
My Windows folder is 25 GB, that's a pretty normal size. There may be other ways to save space on your SSD. How much RAM do you have?


sekim
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reply to koam
mine 17.0 GB ..... yours
8.29 GB winsxs, 14.4 GB
221 MB Installer 4 GB
1.87 MB System32 2.7 GB
1.42 GB assembly 1.4 GB
1.16 GB SysWOW64 1.2 GB
734 MB Microsof.NET 0.6 GB

about 6 month old lenovo laptop


koam
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reply to biznatch11
4 GB RAM

dave
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reply to koam
20GB is the absolute minimum for installing 64-bit Windows 7, (which says nothing about installing updates thereafter), and everyone knows that you can't really expect software to work with its minimum configuration

So I think you're on to a losing proposition.


koam
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Thanks Dave, but I'm lost.
My system partition is 41.4 GB and my other partition is 32.9 GB.

My goal was to reduce the size of the 26 GB C:\Windows folder (or move anything to the other partition if possible, using symbolic links, for example)

This article says you can move C:\Windows\Installers but you can't move C:\Windows\winsxs . It also says I might be able to move the huge folders created by Google and other major software packages. (such as C:\Users\username\AppData\Google) by using symbolic links with mklink.
»www.kavoir.com/2012/07/how-to-fr···asy.html

In a separate thread I was looking into moving C:\Users to the other partition.
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dave
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reply to koam
Ah, you said "Windows 7" is using 26GB, not "the Windows folder" is using 26GB. My reply is that you likely can't get the "Windows 7" usage below 26GB.

OZO
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reply to koam
Watch winsxs folder and try to reduce its size. It's your main problem...

Regarding to Google. I presume that you use Chrome browser and it may accumulate a lot of data in its AppData folder. You can/should manage it with removing its history data. Otherwise it may just grow there almost indefinitely... There is a simple way I do it with my Iron (aka Chrome):
1. I launch it with shortcut, that contains option like this:
-user-data-dir="D:\Temp\Iron\p".
It uses profile on drive D: and never uses its default profile on drive C:
2. Time to time I clean up the profile folder, keeping its configuration only (pure profile with all its configuration, bookmarks, extensions is usually less then 160KiB in size). I' found BAT files, that help me to do it here.

When you update your Chrome/Iron, you update executable files only. Your profile on drive D: remains intact and usable again...
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koam
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OZO,

c:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\Google was 2GB

I cleared cache, which was 0.15 GB
Then I cleared History, which freed up 0.4 GB more

So I'm down to a little under 1.5 GB for the Google Folder.
thanks
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biznatch11

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reply to koam
Since you have 4 GB of RAM, if you disable hibernation that will give you about 4 GB back.

»support.microsoft.com/kb/920730

Also I don't think this has been mentioned yet, but you can use the program WinDirStat to see exactly what is taking up space on your hard drive.

»windirstat.info/

biznatch11

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reply to OZO
said by OZO:

Watch winsxs folder and try to reduce its size. It's your main problem...

You don't really want to touch winsxs it will just mess things up, and there's not much you can do about its size. Disk Cleanup might free a little bit of the space. Also the size may not even be that accurate.

»support.microsoft.com/kb/2592038


koam
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reply to biznatch11
I have hibernate off already.

Thanks for WinDirStat. I had Diskdata and TreeSize. The graphics on this are cool because it lets you drill down in the graph while keeping the whole drive size in perspective....Diskdata doesn't do that well at all.


EUS
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Is much space is taken by restore points?


koam
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Windows system protection says that 3.0 GB is used by restore points now.

However in WinDirStat is says that C:\System Volume Information is size= 0 (perhaps the program lacks the right admin permissions to see it)

while TreeSize says c:\System Volume Information is size = 4.1 GB
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EUS
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reply to Boricua
I didn't know nlite works with win7.....
Is that new?