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How to reduce the size of Windows 8.1


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#1
Hello

I have a tablet computer that I bought a number of years ago, from Hewlett-Packard (there's no name on the device so I have no idea what model it is). It runs Windows 8.1, and it's got a total storage of 20 GB. Space is running out, and I could not figure out where that space hog was, until I discovered that the C:\windows\ folder takes up 19 GB of space. A tip from some web site to disable hibernation gained me 1.5 GB, but still... is it normal for Windows to take up 99% of the disk? (depends on the disk, I suppose)

So, is there any way to reduce the size of Windows so that it takes up a more reasonable amount of space (say, 12-15 GB instead of 17.5 GB)? I checked the "add/remove" dialog to see if there are Windows features that I can miss, but there doesn't seem to be any overly large features installed. There are no restore points either (restore point creation is off).

Thanks
Samuel
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 and 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

davexnet

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#2
Use a program such as Treesize to help you analyze your space
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD FX 4300
    Motherboard
    Asrock 960gc-gs
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard
    Browser
    Firefox
#3
Take heed if/when you touch Windows Prime -- I touched Windows Media Player, and so far, I am unable to install again. This is for Windows 7 Pro, I am not sure if W8 will be likewise.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Acers & 1 Antec[?]
    CPU
    i7 in 2 Acers, i5 in desktop
    Motherboard
    Desktop w/Gigabyte
    Memory
    Two w/16GB, 1 w/8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Laptops GameWorthy; Desktop maybe GameWorthy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    flatscreens; 2 are BluRay worthy
    Screen Resolution
    1368x768; 1600x900
    Hard Drives
    1TB internals; 2 ext usb WD 1TB HDs
    PSU
    what's PSU?
    Cooling
    Regular plus external fans
    Keyboard
    desktio w/PS2
    Mouse
    desktop w/PS2
    Internet Speed
    DSL middle level [160?]
    Browser
    from Netscape 0.9 to FF 36
    Antivirus
    well-balanced, well-configured mult-layered defense is best
    Other Info
    From MS-DOS 3.3, MS-DOS 6.22, from Windows 3.1 to WFW 3.11 to Windows 95-98SE, now to Windows 7 Pro.
    Security for now: Windows 7 Firewall, Emsisoft AM, MSE [scan-only], SpywareBlaster, Ruiware/BillP combine
#4
Update on WMP, after a repair install, WMP and windows features returned.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Acers & 1 Antec[?]
    CPU
    i7 in 2 Acers, i5 in desktop
    Motherboard
    Desktop w/Gigabyte
    Memory
    Two w/16GB, 1 w/8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Laptops GameWorthy; Desktop maybe GameWorthy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    flatscreens; 2 are BluRay worthy
    Screen Resolution
    1368x768; 1600x900
    Hard Drives
    1TB internals; 2 ext usb WD 1TB HDs
    PSU
    what's PSU?
    Cooling
    Regular plus external fans
    Keyboard
    desktio w/PS2
    Mouse
    desktop w/PS2
    Internet Speed
    DSL middle level [160?]
    Browser
    from Netscape 0.9 to FF 36
    Antivirus
    well-balanced, well-configured mult-layered defense is best
    Other Info
    From MS-DOS 3.3, MS-DOS 6.22, from Windows 3.1 to WFW 3.11 to Windows 95-98SE, now to Windows 7 Pro.
    Security for now: Windows 7 Firewall, Emsisoft AM, MSE [scan-only], SpywareBlaster, Ruiware/BillP combine

Bree

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#5

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hyper-V

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