Why is my OBJECTS.DATA file so big?

By robo_dev ·
Windows XP SP3 box.

Objects.data file is 3Gigs!

OBJECTS.DATA is the 'WMI repository' (Windows management interface). (Why exactly I need a WMI repository, I don't know).

The WMI repository is in Windows/system32/wbem/repository/FS/.

When defragging this PC, I discovered this file was so big. The defrag utility gives a warning that it has to skip this file because there is less than 3gigs free on the partition.

This is a special-purpose PC (DVR) that has no software intalled other than the DVR recorder software on it, and it never connects to the Internet.

I've researched this a bit and apparently Windows won't run if I just delete this file, as it has something to do with cacheing the registry??

I may just leave it alone (if it ain't broke), but it just seems like a space-hog to me. :)

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