Improper Reporting of Disk Space

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Elanor

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Last night, I tweaked my computer a lot because I was trying to solve DLL problems. While that didn't work, I must have done something that fixed a glitch somewhere, because my free space jumped from 8 GB to more than 9GB. This morning, it was still the same. However, when I checked up on it just now, it's back to 8 GB. I haven't downloaded any large files and in fact I've just deleted some things. Any ideas on what might be wrong and how I can fix it? Thanks!
 
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You have just deleted some things ... But have you emptied the recycle bin?
The diskspace is not available until you do.

What are the settings for Virtual Memory? (Paging File)

Thats a large chunk of disk space Windows uses to act as extra memory, and it dynamically re-sizes the file as required, unless manually specified filesizes are used.
Depending what the settings were at the time(s) you checked would also modify the HDD space reported.
 

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Not sure where I can check for Virtual Memory, so I can't answer the second question, but yes, I had emptied the Recycle Bin at the time.
 
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Virtual Memory can be checked (for the settings) in Control Panel - System - Advanced - Performance - Settings - Advanced - Virtual Memory - Change.

Unless you understand what you are wanting to do, and what the effect will be, its best to let Windows manage this dynamically.
You could seriously upset the stability of the system if you change the settings unwisely.
 
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