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Windows 8 Config Files Taking up 24GB

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Windows 8 Config Files Taking up 24GB


    I've tried every hard drive cleaner with no luck.

    Any idea what's happening?

    Thanks,
    Alex
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  2. #2


    Is it Windows 8 ?

    Is it a 32 bit ? *( If so why ?).

    64 bit takes half as much.

    It probably won't be much consolation to you but when I make the recovery discs I get around 17 GB. And I have seen some funny numbers thrown out too.

    Make a recommended system recovery disc and see what you get.

    To scrupulously check out your system use Dx Diag.

    Run DirectX Diagnostic Tool
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    the image is showing meg 's not gig's
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by wetibbe View Post
    64 bit takes half as much.
    Hello wetibbie,

    That wasn't the case when I did an install compare between Win 8 x64 vs x32 on my desktop. In fact, the x64 used about 3GB more space that the x32 installation. Specifically, I ended up with an installation of about 17.5 GB on Win 8 x64 and 14.5GB on Win 8 x32. Those totals included all Windows Updates and user program installations. I think the difference is that a Win 8 x64 installation must include much of the Win 8 x32 program files for compatibility purposes.
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  5. #5


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    the image is showing meg 's not gig's
    24,720.3 mb = 24 gb

    Yes, it is indeed strange. My config folder is only 331 MB or 0.3 GB

    Try: Win+X ->Run->cleanmgr then click on Clean up system files

    Also download Temporary File Cleaner: http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/TFC.exe


    1. run TFC.exe as Administrator
    2. Click the Start button to begin the process. The program should not take long to finish.
    3. Once finished it should reboot your PC, if not, do this yourself to ensure a complete clean.


    Please report back the result

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    Last edited by topgundcp; 20 Feb 2013 at 17:43.
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  6. #6


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by norepli View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wetibbe View Post
    64 bit takes half as much.
    Hello webtibbie,

    That wasn't the case when I did an install compare between Win 8 x64 vs x32 on my desktop. In fact, the x64 bit used about 3GB more space that the x32 installation. Specifically, I ended up with an installation of about 17.5 GB on Win 8 x64 and 14.5GB on Win 8 x32. Those totals included all Windows Updates and user program installations. I think the difference is that a Win 8 x64 installation must include much of the Win 8 x32 program files for compatibility purposes.
    Why are you running a 32 bit OS on a 64 bit system? If you have more than 3.2 gigs of ram then if will never be used because the 32 Bit OS (windows) only uses 3.2 gigs of memory whereas the 64 bit OS can use up to a great deal more, hence you are giving up performance for a few bit of HDD space. . .
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  7. #7


    Hello Lee,

    My answer had nothing to do with the virtues of Win 8 x64 vs Win 8 x32. It specifically addressed a comment that a win 8 x64 uses less (hard drive) memory than an x32 installation and I simply responded with my test comparison results. Now I will respond to your advice based on my System Specs:

    I am well aware of the differences in RAM allocation and/or addressing capabilities in a comparison of a 32 bit OS vs a 64 bit OS but thank you for reiterating same. However, in some cases, depending on the age of the computer, and its inherent capabilities thereof, a 32 bit OS has more advantages (IMHO) that a 64 bit OS. Moreover, I have found that a 64 bit OS actually takes a bit longer than a 32 bit OS to execute 32 bit programs. I believe this is because the 64 bit OS considers the 32 bit programs to be an overhead situation and I have read that it actually has to go through 2 layers of execution to complete a 32 bit task. And, in summary, I can just tell you that my 32 bit installation was noticeably faster than my current 64 bit installation so I'm going back to x32 as soon as I get the time to do it. Just for the record, over 90% of my user programs are 32 bit.

    Now, getting to my rig's specs:
    I have a Dimension 8400 that runs just fine on either x64 or x32. However, I do have a limitation that stems from the Dell proprietary BIOS and the 925XE mobo chipset that limits my use of memory. Moreover, I cannot control the memory channel operation, which defaults to whatever is detected by the BIOS. So, in my case, I have 4x1GB modules that are detected as dual-channel interleave, and from a Dell BIOS perspective, that will only give me 3.0GBs of usable memory, whether I have x32 or x64 installed. Now, the only work around that I might have would be to insert a 512KB chip in any one of the mobo memory slots and that would force the bios to (possibly) run in single channel mode, and on an x64 system, I might get 3.5Gbs out of it. This would not be worth my time because I have adequate memory at 3GB (usable).

    So, again, thank you for your response but I'm having some difficulty in connecting it with original my response.

    Cheers
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    the image is showing meg 's not gig's
    24,720.3 mb = 24 gb

    Yes, it is indeed strange. My config folder is only 331 MB or 0.3 GB

    Try: Win+X ->Run->cleanmgr then click on Clean up system files

    Also download Temporary File Cleaner: http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/TFC.exe


    1. run TFC.exe as Administrator
    2. Click the Start button to begin the process. The program should not take long to finish.
    3. Once finished it should reboot your PC, if not, do this yourself to ensure a complete clean.


    Please report back the result

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    you know ,i knew that ,just had a senior moment lol
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I had already run this.

    My total windows install is taking up 45GB. Nothing I have tried seems to work.

    This leads me to another question. I downloaded the Windows 8 upgrade. How would I go about doing a clean install?

    I am assuming no one knows why my install is taking up so much space so I need to reinstall.

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    the image is showing meg 's not gig's
    24,720.3 mb = 24 gb

    Yes, it is indeed strange. My config folder is only 331 MB or 0.3 GB

    Try: Win+X ->Run->cleanmgr then click on Clean up system files

    Also download Temporary File Cleaner: http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/TFC.exe


    1. run TFC.exe as Administrator
    2. Click the Start button to begin the process. The program should not take long to finish.
    3. Once finished it should reboot your PC, if not, do this yourself to ensure a complete clean.


    Please report back the result

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Did you run TFC.exe as suggested above ?
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