Windows directory size

Did you know…

That if you find yourself out of hard drive space, you can try to free up some of it by reducing the size of your Windows directory? The other reason to do it is to remove Windows features you are sure you will never use – those are just making your computer run slower.

For instance, you can remove all but the latest restore points (restore points can be quite large). To do this you will need to follow this path: Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk CleanUp > More Options > System Restore. You can delete your Windows restore points from there.

These are a few folders within Windows directory that you might consider deleting:

…\windows\$Uninstall—-$ – used to uninstall Windows updates.
…\windows\cursors\ – contains custom cursors.
…\windows\help\ – contains Windows help files (if you wish to delete them, delete the files only, and leave the empty folder intact).
…\windows\msagent – contains the MS Agent program.
…\windows\mui – allows you to switch between multiple languages (safe to delete is you use only one language).
…\windows\media\ – default Windows sounds.

Your Windows directory size should be considerably smaller after you remove all the features you don’t need. It’s also recommended to run the Registry Cleaner after you are done to remove the references to deleted files so Window doesn’t look for them anymore. And do not forget to run Disk Space Analyzer from ActiveSMART, to track the size of your important folders.

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