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Captain Furious

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Hi there,

I have a Dell Laptop with I believe 80gb Hard Drive. I have recently been down to 1 gb space left on the harddrive so have done a major cull of photos etc... and put them to an external harddrive. I now have 10gb space approx left but this will again go down. I think it is simply due to programme updates installing, especially Windows Vista. One day it will clog up my whole hard drive!! So can anyone help find ways to delete old Vista updates or is there an easy eay to check my system for any deletable files which maybe are hidden ?? I have read u can delete hot fixs with $ sign at the start but I can't find any in the Windows folders.

Any Help is much appreciated!

Merry Christmas

Rich
 

flavallee

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Windows Vista doesn't have $NtUninstall - - -$ folders in the C:\WINDOWS folder like Windows XP does - which is why you can't find them.

If 70 GB of that 80 GB hard drive is used space, you still have a lot of clutter in that computer in the form of personal data and/or programs.

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Go here and click the green icon to download and save HiJackThis 2.0.4.

After it's been downloaded and saved, close all open windows first, then double-click the saved file to install it.

Allow it to install in its default location - C:\Program Files.

After it's been installed, start it and then click on the "Open The Misc Tools Section" button.

Click on the "Open Uninstall Manager" button.

Click on the "Save List" button.

Save the "uninstall_list.txt" file somewhere.

It'll then open in Notepad.

Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the entire file here.

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Captain Furious

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hi there,

Thanks for the response. Here we go. I dont think I have too much peronal data on the comp as I tend to contain it all in 2 folders on the desktop and they total 3gb. Im wondering if something has duplicated somewhere in a hidden folder or something. I dunno. Anyway, heres the list:-

ATI PCI Express (3GIO) Filter Driver
avast! Free Antivirus
BBC iPlayer Download Manager
Bonjour
Broadcom Management Programs
Browser Address Error Redirector
CCleaner
Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
Dell Getting Started Guide
Dell Support Center (Support Software)
Dell Touchpad
Dell Wireless WLAN Card
Digital Line Detect
DiMAGE Viewer
DivX Converter
DivX Plus DirectShow Filters
DivX Setup
FinePix Studio
FinePixViewer Resource
FinePixViewer Ver.5.4
Google Desktop
GTAIII
HiJackThis
Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB953595)
Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB958484)
Internet From BT
Java(TM) 6 Update 20
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 6
Junk Mail filter update
LeapFrog Connect
LeapFrog Connect
LeapFrog My Pals Plugin
Lexmark 1200 Series
Macromedia Dreamweaver 4
Macromedia Extension Manager
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile
Microsoft Choice Guard
Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition [ENU]
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148
Microsoft Word 2000
Microsoft Works
Modem Diagnostic Tool
Mozilla Firefox (3.6.13)
MSVCRT
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB941833)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)
Net Meter v3.6 build 437
NetWaiting
OGA Notifier 2.0.0048.0
OpenMG Limited Patch 4.7-07-14-05-01
OpenMG Secure Module 4.7.00
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
QuickSet
QuickTime
Roxio Creator Audio
Roxio Creator BDAV Plugin
Roxio Creator Copy
Roxio Creator Data
Roxio Creator DE
Roxio Creator Tools
Roxio Express Labeler
Roxio Update Manager
Security Update for CAPICOM (KB931906)
Security Update for CAPICOM (KB931906)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB2416473)
SigmaTel Audio
Sky Anytime
Skype Toolbars
Skype™ 4.2
Sonic Activation Module
SonicStage 4.3
Sony Picture Utility
Sony USB Driver
Spelling Dictionaries Support For Adobe Reader 8
ubi.com
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB963707)
Use the entry named LeapFrog Connect to uninstall (LeapFrog My Pals Plugin)
User's Guides
VC80CRTRedist - 8.0.50727.4053
VideoLAN VLC media player 0.8.6d
Windows Live Call
Windows Live Communications Platform
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Live Sign-in Assistant
Windows Live Sync
Windows Live Upload Tool
Windows Live Writer
Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin
Windows Mobile Device Center
Windows Mobile Device Center Driver Update
WinZip 14.0
 

flavallee

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Right-click RECYCLE BIN, then click Properties.

What are the numbers in Custom size - Maximum size (MB)?

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Open these 2 temp folders:

C:\WINDOWS\Temp

C:\Users\(Username)\AppData\Local\Temp


then select and delete everything from inside those 2 temp folders.

It's all junk and is a good place for a "nasty" to hide.

If a few files resist deletion, leave them alone and delete everything else.

After you're done, empty the Recycle Bin, then restart the comptuer.

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Go into Control Panel - Program And Features and uninstall these programs.

They're not needed and/or are very outdated.

Dell Getting Started Guide

Dell Support Center

Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 6

Modem Diagnostic Tool

QuickSet

QuickTime

Skype 4.2
(If you actually use Skype, update it to 5.0)

User's Guides

VLC Media Player 0.8.6d
(If you actually use VLC Media Player, update it to 1.1.5)

I don't know if you actually use Microsoft Works and what version you have, so you decide whether to uninstall it or not.

After you're through uninstalling, restart the computer.

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Captain Furious

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Hi there,

Ok. I have done all those actions. Firstly, in the Recycle Bin it has a Custom size of 500mb.

I deleted almost all in the Temo Files but there was very little in each.

I then deleted all progs accept skype (will update) and microsoft works (need the cd to carry on uninstall)

After the restart about 0.6gb space had been freed.

Any other ideas? I only try and use 4 folders on my desktop for all my personal files and they total 7.5gb.

Thanks

Rich
 

DaveA

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Have you emptied the Recycle bin, since you have done all of this deleting?
 

flavallee

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I'm not there to see what your files and folders setup is like, but I'm curious as to why you have 7.5 GB of personal data on your desktop. I suspect you may have duplication of your personal data that's gobbling up hard drive space.

The custom size setting that you have for for the Recycle Bin isn't oversize, so you're okay there. (y)

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Windows Updates are stored here:
C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

You can use this Batch file to delete the content. Updates that have not been installed and are not hidden will be re-downloaded, so be sure to install any updates you plan to install, and hide any you don't plan to install first.
Copy the text in the following code block into Notepad.
Save it on the desktop as WUCleanup.cmd. Be sure to change the Save as Type: box to All Files when saving.
Code:
[plain]cd /D %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution
If Exist Download.old Goto _Delete
net stop wuauserv
ren Download Download.old
net start wuauserv
:_Delete
Set /P _Resp=Delete old folder? 
If "%_Resp%"=="y" RD /S /Q Download.old
[/plain]
It will rename the folder to Downloads.old and give you the option of deleting it. If you don't delete it then, you can manually delete it later, or re-run the batch file.
Right click the file, then click Run as Administrator to run it.
 

Captain Furious

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hi again,

i have downloaded that treesize and makes very interesting reading.

Whilst sold to me as 80gb it states it is 64.4gb + backup i think.

anyway, the usage is as follows:-

16gb windows - of which 10.1gb is winsxs
10.9gb program files - of which 8.3gb is under Konami Pro Evolution Soccer
8.9gb users - of which 7.1gb is on Desktop as my files as i thought
6.1gb progam data - the majority is music through sonicstage
4.0gb files - 2.2gb pagefiles.sys and 1.9gb hiberfile (hibernation i guess)

my questions to the above are is 10.1gb wins sxs normal? also for the Konami game file it has three zip folders of 1.2gb each which contained unoffical kit update downloads to use in the game. i used the game all this year but it sayes last access was 01/10/09, i guess when i downloaded it. can these be deleted or is the game using them? Finally, what are the 2.2gb pagefiles ? I have yet to use WUCleanup.cmd as the folder has 200mb of data in it and im ot sure how to use it.

Anyway, any thoughts on the above is much appreciated

thanks again
 

flavallee

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Unless you really want and use it, turn off hibernation, then run Disk Cleanup and delete the hibernation file.

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Drives are sold based on 1 KB=1000 bytes, Windows using 1 KB=1024 bytes (Actually KiB is the correct term)
So 80,000,000,000 bytes = 80 GB when sold, but Windows sees it as 74.5 GiB. If you have a 10 GiB Recovery Partition that sounds about right.

My WinSXS folders:
Vista Home Premium x64 15.9 GiB
Vista Home Premium x86 6.4 GiB
So 10 GiB is not out of line.

I don't know about the three folders for the game, they could be the files that were used to install the update, or they could be the files that are being used. You could try renaming the folders and see if the game still works properly.

Adding the Space Used to the Free Space will be less than the total size of the drive. This will be due to files your account doesn't have access to, and to System Restore points and Shadow Copies.

To see the amount of space used by System Restore and Shadow Copies on Vista/Win7:
Open an Administrative Command Prompt:
Click Start, type cmd, when cmd.exe appears in the list, right click it and click Run as administrator
Type vssadmin List ShadowStorage and press Enter

If you want to change the size allowed to be used, enter this to see the format to use:
vssadmin resize shadowstorage /?
 
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