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Windows XP Windows directory is huge!

By joegrosskopf ·
I don't know why but all of the sudden, my Windows XP has been giving me a "Low disk space" message. I checked my C: drive and found that the Windows directory is now over 20GB. However when I select all of the files and folders (I do have hidden files selected as well) and click properties, the size is only 1.9 GB. Any ideas?

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Windows XP Windows directory is huge!

by Ann777 In reply to Windows XP Windows direct ...

1) Delete all *.tmp files, ~*.*, Temporary Internet Files, and c:\windows\prefretch files. Defrag and test. If you have already cleared out the temps, then boot to Recovery Console and run a chkdsk /r on the boot drive. Then test.

2) Have you run Disk Cleanup on your computer?
support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310312

3) Are you running System Restore in the background? (This is installed in the ON fashion usually, and it'll eat up disk space as it creates a new restore point every time you install something or by default every x days).
support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;300044

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Windows XP Windows directory is huge!

by NetTek In reply to Windows XP Windows direct ...

You can view the entire contents of the windows directory to locate the source of what is using your disk space by opening a command prompt and typing:

c:\dir c:\windows /s /os > c:\windows\winlog.txt

This will list all directories, subdirectories, and their files, from smallest to largest, and save it to a file called winlog.txt so that you can view it or print it.

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Windows XP Windows directory is huge!

by joegrosskopf In reply to Windows XP Windows direct ...

Weird, I did that and it showed a folder called "CSC". This folder has a ton of files and subfolders called D1, D2 etc. each with a bunch of files. However, when I look at the directory in exploter, it's not there. And I am looking at hidden files.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Windows XP Windows direct ...

try this:
Internet Explorer/Tools/Internet Options/General tab/Delete files-check box that says delete offline content. it may take quit a while...
then,
Tools/Internet Options/General tab/Settings. reduce amount of hard disk space allocated to temporary internet files.

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by NetTek In reply to Windows XP Windows direct ...

This explains a lot. The CSC folder is the hidden offline files folder. When offline files are in use, copies of network files are stored on the hard disk so they are available when the machine is no longer on the network. This is most commonly usedon laptops.

Open My Computer. Click on Tools -> Folder Options. Click on the "Offline Files" tab. In this window you can adjust the amount of space the CSC foler is allowed to use. If you click on the "View Files" button, you can see all the files and delete those you do not use.

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