Can I delete parts of my Windows folder

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aaylett

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Hi all,

recently my Windows folder has ballooned to 5.5gb for no apparent reason - I have not changed any programs nor use the computer for anything new. The increas in size is stopping my computer from working properly - I can free no more that 180mb using Diskcleaner. My hard disk i partitioned and I can not extend the partition without completely formatting the drive - I tried to use partition magic.

Please can someone tell me if any of these sub folders can be removed, they appear to be taking up the majority of the space:

\windows\system32 - 1gb
\windows\installer - 1gb
\windows\$hf_mig$ - 630mb
\windows\SoftwareDistribution - 590mb
\windows\ServicePackFiles - 510mb
\windows\$NTServicePackUninstall$ - 344mb
\windows\ie7updates - 130mb
\windows\Driver Cache - 112mb
\windows\RegisteredPackages - 75mb
\windows\inf - 66mb

Or, does anybody know of any other ways to free up some space?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Alan
 
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None of those directories are safe to delete. Deleting those directories may prevent your computer from booting or working properly.

If you are needing more space, I would recommend either uninstalling or deleting files that you no longer need, or getting a bigger hdd.

There may be programs similar to Disk Cleanup however I cannot check right now (Im at work). Perhaps other members may have additional advice.
 

flavallee

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Some ways to reclaim hard drive space:

Right-click RECYCLE BIN, then click Properties. Move the slider from 10% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

Right-click MY COMPUTER, then click Properties - System Restore(tab). Move the slider from 12% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

Open the C:\Windows\Temp folder, then delete everything from inside that Temp folder.

Open the C:\Documents And Settings\(Username)\Local Settings\Temp folder, then delete everything from inside that Temp folder.

Empty the Recycle Bin, then restart the computer.

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