Bloated Windows 7 folder...........

Flash

Flash

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I don't know if this was addressed before but..........

I just put together a new sys with Win7 64bit and I'm slowly of getting used to this OS.

However, after a few days, I discovered that my Windows folder is over 16 gigs after the intial install of only just a few gigs
I have also learned that this is about normal.

My question is why is this? Why does win 7 suddenly expand to 16 gigs a couple of days after install?
This is with all unnessay files cleaned out and the disk defraged
 
equinoxe3d

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How much RAM do you have ? I seem to remember that when I installed W7 it allocated a lot of space for the swap file so if you have 8GB RAM or more it can eat up a lot of space. In my case I shrank it to a fixed size of 512MB without issues.

Also, you can go in System Properties > System Protection and configure the System Restore disk space usage or turn it off if you don't need it.

Finally, if it's a fresh install and you have done a lot of Windows updates and/or service pack installs it might be a good idea to install and run CCleaner to remove any temporary files left over.
 
glussier

glussier

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The swap file is not in the Windows folder. Everytime you install new apps, some of the files are installed in the Windows folder or in one of it's sub directories. After 2.5years, my Windows folder is 27GB. Note that I have Windows 7 ultimate 64bits.
 
equinoxe3d

equinoxe3d

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Oops sorry, did not see it was only for the Windows folder... well mine is 23GB so I guess I have bloat as well :D
 
Flash

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.........and I remember when windows was on a few floppys and a 2 gig drive was considered a lot. I still got a 1.9 gig "champ" HDD packed away somewhere.:)

BTW, this is the first sys I ever built that did not have a floppy drive
 
glussier

glussier

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Everything is relative. I remember my trs80 model 4 with a 5MO drive, and, I thought is was a large drive. :)
 
glussier

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If you look in your Windows folder, you see a folder named winsxs, the is the largest folder Inside Windows. My winsxs folder is 13GB, so, almost half of the Windows folder. If you want to know what's the purpose of this folder, read: http://www.winvistaclub.com/f16.html
 
Flash

Flash

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At least I found an e-mail program I like for win7........."PostBox". It sort of mimics the look and layout of outlook which is one MS program that I really liked. I absolutely hated "windows live mail" :)


If you look in your Windows folder, you see a folder named winsxs, the is the largest folder Inside Windows. My winsxs folder is 13GB, so, almost half of the Windows folder. If you want to know what's the purpose of this folder, read: http://www.winvistaclub.com/f16.html
Thanks. That clears a lot up for me. :)
 
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glussier

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You are welcome.

I know one thing. I wouldn't go back to winxp, even if it takes a lot less hard-drive space.
 
Flash

Flash

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You are welcome.

I know one thing. I wouldn't go back to winxp, even if it takes a lot less hard-drive space.
XP is not that bad as long as you get rid of those Fred Flintstone graphics and configure it to classic widows style. ;)
At least it's not as confusing as Vista and 7.
What I hate is MS changing things just for the sake of changing them just to sell you a different OS.

BTW, I got Win 7 set to classic Windows syle because IMO it's still the easiest on the eyes . :)
 
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glussier

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You mean that you don't use Windows aero and gadgets? I like these. I also find, that even if Windows xp was fairly stable, Windows 7 is still, more stable that winxp ever was.

However, I think Windows 8 is going much to far for me.
 
Flash

Flash

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I tried aero years ago but did not like it .
My idea of the desktop it to navigate to where you want to go, not a place for a gee wizz/wow graphic display .

As far as gadets, I do have one installed in win7...... the one that monitors CPU and RAM usage.
However, I may even uninstall that one eventually .

I'm actually an old 'stick and rudder" computer user from the days of the C-64.
BTW, the name "Flash' refers to me fashing the BIOS on my graphics card a day before I registed on HWC back in '98. :)

Win 8? Even consumers reports is teling people to pass on it . It might prove to be an even bigger flop than Vista.
My idea of a great OS is the sensible interface of XP with the speed, etc of win7
 
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Flash

Flash

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I've configured the Windows 7 gui so that WinXP users barely encounter a hiccup, using it. :)
I always tell people that the three most imprtant things to do with any new software is.........
configuration, configuration, configuration.

So, with that in mind, I have been configuring Win 7 to my liking....as much as possible at least.
No, its not like XP but, at least I can now find my way around 7 after I accepted that there is often no rhyme or reason to the GUI and went with the flow of it .
 
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