Solved Windows 8 Config Files Taking up 24GB

harddrive

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

Any idea what's happening?

Thanks,
Alex
 

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wetibbe

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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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the image is showing meg 's not gig's
 

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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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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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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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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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caperjack

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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

View attachment 17028

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

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harddrive

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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.

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

View attachment 17028
 

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Did you run TFC.exe as suggested above ?
 

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Under config, you have a folder or file (file I think) that indicates 24.462 GB. Is there a name associated with it that is not showing in what you posted?
 

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harddrive

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Yes.

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.

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

View attachment 17028
 

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Can you list the first 10 or 20 (screen shot)? Any clue in the names as to what they are?
 

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It would be easier just to do a clean install, however It would be interesting to find out where the problem is. Under config folder, there is a folder called TxR and all the files in it are hidden. Can you open the folder Options and set it to "show Hidden files, Folders, or Drives" and also uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" then open TxR folder, I have a hunch that you have tons of files in there. You might have some hidden drivers that continoustly create these files, one way to find out is to download the Process Explorer and monitor what cause it to constanly create these files.

Please report back what you found in this folder then we'll have something to go on. Thanks

Since I already made a backup image of my C drive. I went ahead and delete all the files under TxR folder, most of the files were deleted except some are locked because they are being used by Windows. Below is the screen shot and compare to the previous one where I had 238 Files, now it's down to 37 Files

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FYI, In TxR folders, files with the extensions .regtrans-ms and prefixed with names of registry nodes. RegTrans files are registry transaction files to provide rollback in case you do a system restore so if you delete these files you’ll lose any rollbacking.
 
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wetibbe

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It would be easier just to do a clean install, however It would be interesting to find out where the problem is. Under config folder, there is a folder called TxR and all the files in it are hidden. Can you open the folder Options and set it to "show HiddIen files, Folders, or Drives" and also uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" then open TxR folder, I have a hunch that you have tons of files in there. You might have some hidden drivers that continoustly create these files, one way to find out is to download the Process Explorer and monitor what cause it to constanly create these files.
_______________________________________________________________________________

I recall reading about this here not too long ago.

There were huge volumes of files stashed. The appropriate procedures were used and the files were cleaned out successfully.

I would have to take leave of the impression that no one knows what is wrong.

I think the solution is very close at hand soon.
 

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does windows explorer show the same large files
maybe you tree file pro is giving wrong info, ,is it the demo or did you buy the program
 

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Does "Disk Management" confirm the used size of the drive?
 

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topgundcp

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Before you decide to do a fresh install. Back up your important data and please try this:
  1. from folder Options, set it to show hidden files & protected hidden system files
  2. go to config folder and view with details and sort them by Types
  3. Delete all files with extension .regtrans-ms and extension .blf under Config folder and TxR folder (I've already explained what they are on previous post)
    This should free up about ~ 23GB which bring your C:\Windows folder size down.
  4. Download CCleaner to clean up your registry
  5. Reboot your PC and you'll see Windows will re-create a new set of regtrans-ms & .blf files.

Take a look at the screen shot below. I deleted those last night and now I have a total of 33 files under config folder compared to what you have ~ 68,000 files and Windows 8 still run without any glitches.

EDIT: here's more info on .regtrans-ms
Regtrans-ms files filling entire hard drive - Microsoft Community

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