Windows Deletions Clearing disk space
Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:57 AM
Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:13 AM
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:25 PM
Can examine drive with WinDirStat or Disk Space Fan to ID hog folders.
Run CCleaner. While there use its ability to uninstall apps you haven't used in years. While there remove unused restore points from System Restore. I'd save just one from about 3 months ago and CCleaner will insist you keep the latest. You don't need more.
Run PC Decrapifier and see if there are other apps (especially if they came with the PC) you don't use that you can lose.
Run Windows own cleaner, Disk Cleanup. I'd link to its instructions, but you can look it up on your own since you didn't state the OS.
Delete optional Windows components that you don't use.
Clean out any downloads folders on your boot drive.
Then defrag the drive using Windows Defrag. [not on SSDs]
Defrag the page file on the next boot. You can also go into Windows and manually restrict its size.
Run Windows Error Checking in case there is a bad sector problem slowing/filling the drive.
Can also run Soluto to tweak the system.
If the OS has been installed long enough over a prior OS then you can delete a file called windows.old too that contains the reset back to the old OS. If you really want you can also delete any CAB files you find. This will prevent the OS from finding a driver on the HDD on new devices, but usually I would rather provide the driver anyway. It will also require an OS disk present if you run SFC /scannow on a repair of the OS.
If HDD contains a small hidden partition from a big box maker with the OS on it and it is a old, now replaced OS that came with the PC the partition can be removed and nondestructively merged with the C: drive partition for a gain of 5-12Gb using GParted. If you are technologically versed and it is over a year old Win Vista or Win7 you can download a copy of the OS from MS digital river and get rid of an non updated version with old drivers that originally came with the PC on such a partition as well.
Let us know how you started out and what improvements you saw.
This post has been edited by FascistNation: 29 December 2012 - 05:41 PM
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