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Windows Gobbles Up Space for No Reason

  1. #11


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the quick response.

    I have read that deleting files from the Installer folder and PatchCache might prevent a user from uninstalling/installing files and programs. If I use the softwares you mentioned, will it create any such problems?

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  2. #12


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Then might happen, only if you would delete it manually, but even then it can be fixed.
    Since component cleanup does not work, it might be prudent to do a system scan before.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8
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  3. #13


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


    See the 12GB installer folder? What is that? Within it is a 10GB folder
    The C:\Windows\Installer folder is where some but not all applications uninstall files and folders are stored
    To clean this folder. You probably need to use: Msizap.exe (Windows)

    You also have a folder called: ESD. This folder probably contains the .esd file from Windows upgrade and it has 2.7 GB in size. Open the Admin command prompt and run: cleanmgr to see if you can reclaim all the space from Windows upgrade.

    Whatever you do. I suggest to make a complete system backup image first using: Macrium Reflect Free
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  4. #14


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    Then might happen, only if you would delete it manually, but even then it can be fixed.
    Since component cleanup does not work, it might be prudent to do a system scan before.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8
    Hmm. So just to be clear, I just run a system scan as you suggested before going ahead with Wise Care?

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    See the 12GB installer folder? What is that? Within it is a 10GB folder
    The C:\Windows\Installer folder is where some but not all applications uninstall files and folders are stored
    To clean this folder. You probably need to use: Msizap.exe (Windows)

    You also have a folder called: ESD. This folder probably contains the .esd file from Windows upgrade and it has 2.7 GB in size. Open the Admin command prompt and run: cleanmgr to see if you can reclaim all the space from Windows upgrade.

    Whatever you do. I suggest to make a complete system backup image first using: Macrium Reflect Free
    - So I should use msizap g, in my case?

    - cleanmgr detects nothing. Probably 50mb worth of stuff that's not related to ESD.


    I also see the hiberfil.sys file, but every guide discourages to turn off hibernation for Windows 8 as the .sys file actually helps in the boot up process. Is that true? I fancy the 9GB it will save but I don't want to compromise the speed of the PC in any way.
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  5. #15


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


    - So I should use msizap g, in my case?
    Personally, I would not use msizap.exe. However, 10GB in this folder indicates that you might have some orphan uninstallers but you don't know which one so it is safer to leave it alone. Some suggests you can move the contents of this folder out of C: drive then when you uninstall something and if it breaks then all you need is to restore this folder to perform uninstallation.

    - cleanmgr detects nothing. Probably 50mb worth of stuff that's not related to ESD.
    Instead of using cleanmgr. From the Admin command prompt, Use:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:35 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:35
    It will gives more options and one of those option is to clean up the esd file.

    I also see the hiberfil.sys file, but every guide discourages to turn off hibernation for Windows 8 as the .sys file actually helps in the boot up process. Is that true? I fancy the 9GB it will save but I don't want to compromise the speed of the PC in any way.
    Again, I never use hibernation. If your PC is a Laptop and you have fastboot turn on then you will need it.

    Another safe place to clean up is: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. You can delete all the files in this folder and might save quite a bit of disk space, These files are the downloaded Windows Updates that have been installed in your PC and no longer needed. I always delete these after Windows Updates. NOTE: Do not delete the contents of this folder while Windows Updates is performing Updates.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    - So I should use msizap g, in my case?
    Personally, I would not use msizap.exe. However, 10GB in this folder indicates that you might have some orphan uninstallers but you don't know which one so it is safer to leave it alone. Some suggests you can move the contents of this folder out of C: drive then when you uninstall something and if it breaks then all you need is to restore this folder to perform uninstallation.

    - cleanmgr detects nothing. Probably 50mb worth of stuff that's not related to ESD.
    Instead of using cleanmgr. From the Admin command prompt, Use:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:35 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:35
    It will gives more options and one of those option is to clean up the esd file.

    I also see the hiberfil.sys file, but every guide discourages to turn off hibernation for Windows 8 as the .sys file actually helps in the boot up process. Is that true? I fancy the 9GB it will save but I don't want to compromise the speed of the PC in any way.
    Again, I never use hibernation. If your PC is a Laptop and you have fastboot turn on then you will need it.

    Another safe place to clean up is: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. You can delete all the files in this folder and might save quite a bit of disk space, These files are the downloaded Windows Updates that have been installed in your PC and no longer needed. I always delete these after Windows Updates. NOTE: Do not delete the contents of this folder while Windows Updates is performing Updates.
    - Sweet. I chose to move the ESD folder to another drive INCASE I need it, since Windows uses it to refresh/reset the PC.
    - SoftwareDistriubtion\Download software contained 18mb worth of stuff, so leaving it untouched. But thanks, I will keep this folder in mind whenever Windows updates!
    - So turning off Hibernation in Windows 8 will not affect the boot up speed? I have a desktop.

    Thanks for you help guys! Jumped from 2GB of space to 12GB!
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