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My Win7 install is 16GB. I see R7 Lite and whatnot, but a) I was slightly confused as to what I was doing (was I creating a whole new boot image to reinstall windows or what) and b) the options I checked didn't seem like they'd free up all that much space.

Are there some specific folders/files I can delete within?

I'm thinking about moving to an SSD and as it stands I'd need at least 100GB to house Windows, my documents, and program files.
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post #2 of 14
The hibernation file comes to mind, I think its the same size as your total installed RAM. If you never use the hibernation feature, you can delete it.
Open up a command prompt (may have to run as admin), type: powercfg -H OFF
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You basically strip out everything you don't need or ever will need. I found that stripping out the language packs saved tons of space. After installation, disabling hibernation completely will also save you space equivalent to the amount of RAM you have. You can disable hibernation by starting Command Prompt as Administrator and typing "powercfg -h off" no quotes. You can also choose to disable System Restore, preventing it from creating any restore points.
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Yes, RT7Lite is for making a boot image and as stated above, I remember at least one of the language packs being HUUUUGE.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by B!0HaZard;14663315 
Yes, RT7Lite is for making a boot image and as stated above, I remember at least one of the language packs being HUUUUGE.

I think it's the Chinese language packs, the sheer number of characters is one problem, along with it being doubled since there's one for simplified and traditional characters.
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post #6 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by LemonSlice;14663553 
I think it's the Chinese language packs, the sheer number of characters is one problem, along with it being doubled since there's one for simplified and traditional characters.

Yep. Every single time there's a language packs update there's like 30-40 updates totalling 500MB or so.
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If you move to SSD follow this guide for install...

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-win-7-ssds-setup-secrets.html

Win 7 Pro x64 install is less than 8gb.
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post #9 of 14
Reducing the pagefile size is also a great space saver, especially if you have a lot of ram since windows sets the size to the amount of ram +300MB by default.

Here is a great utility to see what files are taking up the most space on any drive:

http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/


You will also notice a file called winsxs which takes up a huge amount of space. Unfortunately I have not found a definitive way to reduce this file without potential risks to OS stability.
post #10 of 14
Might also be worth looking at whether you need all your documents etc on your SSD.

My program files and windows installation take up about 50GB, and I have all my pictures/movies/music on another drive (I don't have an SSD, but I still have a 100GB boot partition on one of my drives).

The libraries feature of Windows 7 makes this very easy.

What is it that takes up the rest of the proposed 100GB? I have some pretty large programs (photoshop, lightroom) compared to normal ones but I still come nowhere near
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