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post #1 of 17
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Is there anything that could be deleted in order to free up some space?

At the moment, my Windows folder is taking up 16GB, but I've heard some people are able to reduce it to about 10GB or so.

How do I go about doing that?
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Is there anything that could be deleted in order to free up some space?

At the moment, my Windows folder is taking up 16GB, but I've heard some people are able to reduce it to about 10GB or so.

How do I go about doing that?
I don't know, but here's what I would do:

One thing you can do is turn off any Windows Features. For example:





I also recommend disabling System Restore.

Additionally, I recommend disabling Hibernation by opening the Start Menu, type cmd, right click the matching result, choose "Run as administrator", and then type powercfg -h off and press Enter. After that, type exit and press Enter.

Finally, you can literally move any folder that's located at "C:\\Users\\AverageGai" by doing this:
  1. Right-click any of these folders
  2. Choose Properties
  3. Switch to the Location tab
  4. The rest should be self-explanatory, but post any questions in this thread that you come across

That's about all there is to it.
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post #3 of 17
Eh. It's not recommended to touch anything just because it could mess something up.
What I recommend you do is take a look at this guide here.
http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...ml#post6905280

Don't follow it as it's for benchmarking, but you can use it to strip some fat out of Windows and make it smaller for your SSD.
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So far I've disabled Hibernation.

I'll run through that guide in a bit when I'm done with my work.

Thank you for the help so far guys!
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Be careful with that guide because you could potentially cripple your system and have no idea what you need to re-enable. It's only intended to prepare a system for benchmarking.
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RT7Lite If you really want to get down and dirty, and lighten up. Took me a few tries to get it exactly how I wanted it, don't think I could ever go back to the original disk again.

*edit* Certainly NOT the "quick and easy" type of fix though!
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post #7 of 17
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Be careful with that guide because you could potentially cripple your system and have no idea what you need to re-enable. It's only intended to prepare a system for benchmarking.
Okay, then. I won't mess with that. I'll just disable some features.

However, I'm a bit curious as to what I should and should not disable. Btw, if I disable something that I shouldn't have, I can just simply re-enable it by ticking the box, right?

If I always use Firefox, can I disable Internet Explorer even though it says it could mess with some of my other programs? It says that some of the html files are defaulted to IE and I can't change that over to FF, but I never really open those files so it's safe to disable IE then?

Also, what are XPS Serviers and Viewer? I don't even know what XPS documents are so I should be fine if I disable them, right?

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RT7Lite If you really want to get down and dirty, and lighten up.
I'll take a look at that too.

Thanks!
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Be careful with that guide because you could potentially cripple your system and have no idea what you need to re-enable. It's only intended to prepare a system for benchmarking.
Seriously dude? I said take a look at it, not follow it. It will give him a glimpse into somethings that he could remove & tells him what kind of program to use.
post #9 of 17
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Okay, then. I won't mess with that. I'll just disable some features.

However, I'm a bit curious as to what I should and should not disable. Btw, if I disable something that I shouldn't have, I can just simply re-enable it by ticking the box, right?
Yep!


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If I always use Firefox, can I disable Internet Explorer even though it says it could mess with some of my other programs? It says that some of the html files are defaulted to IE and I can't change that over to FF, but I never really open those files so it's safe to disable IE then?
That's why I left it turned on. I mean, there are still the rare occasions where IE must be used. For me, it's actually every single time I open Outlook.

I think Steam even uses IE.


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Also, what are XPS Serviers and Viewer? I don't even know what XPS documents are so I should be fine if I disable them, right?
Right. I mean, that was my thinking when I disabled them, and I still haven't needed them.



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Seriously dude? I said take a look at it, not follow it. It will give him a glimpse into somethings that he could remove & tells him what kind of program to use.
Yes, seriously. This isn't the right context to recommend using that guide. By recommending that guide, you become responsible for making sure that he doesn't mess his system up due to going too far with it. I refuse to provide any support if that time comes because again, this is the wrong context.

As I said: that guide is strictly for preparing a system for benchmarking. It should never be recommended to someone who just wants to streamline their system a little bit. If anyone recommends it, then they have to make absolutely sure that the person does not mess with things that they shouldn't mess with since they're not preparing their system for benchmarking. So if you want to uphold your recommendation, then go ahead; but again, you're on your own with it.

In other words: you need to walk him through it and show him what he should take from the guide and what he should ignore.
Edited by TwoCables - 4/11/11 at 9:55pm
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post #10 of 17
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Weird, after disabling several of those features, I didn't notice any increase in free space.

However, disabling hibernating gave me 3GB back.

Am I doing something wrong with the features?

I also restarted after it asked me to.
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