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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mighk, Jun 21, 2003.

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  1. mighk

    mighk Thread Starter

    Jun 21, 2003
    I'm running XP home on my laptop, and running out of space. Man, a 10-gig hd just doesn't go very far anymore! Anyhoo, my C: partition is about 3.73gb, with about 273mb free space left. I'd like to think I'm pretty good about keeping my drives nice and clean, storing data and installing programs on the D: partition, leaving C: for system files only. I use the disk cleanup utility to get rid of temp files, I empty the recycle bin, clear IE history, empty deleted items in OE, etc., but I'm still teetering on the edge of running out of swap space.

    1. I haven't had much luck in the past with third party cleanup apps, but I may be willing to try again... any suggestions?

    2. Can I delete my windows update uninstall files (\windows\$ntuninstall...$) if I haven't had any problems with any of the hot fixes and service packs? That would free-up about 250mb.

  2. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    Move your virtual memory to the other partition – and set it to something rational based on your RAM. The more RAM you have the less VM you need – not the other way round. XP will warn that you will lose debug capability – at least XP Pro does. No biggie IMO.

    Consider reducing or eliminating your system restore space. If you have a burner you can ghost the boot drive which is a lot better than the XP restore.

    My motherboard requires SP1 to give me USB2, so I just dumped the uninstall files. I don’t know why they were there at all – I thought I elected to not make them when I installed the Windows updates. It doesn’t seem to have done any harm.

    Fred langa has some XP cleanup batch files you might like: www.langa.com
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