Vista Starter SP2: My Windows folder is taking up way too much space on my drive. Is there any way to reverse this?

My Windows folder is consuming 13.4 GB.
It's never been this way before, but I've noticed that it has been steadily increasing in size every time I use Windows Update.

I regularly defragment my drives, use disk cleanup, and other utilities.
My unit only has 80GB HDD, so I cant afford consuming too much space.

Is there a way to reduce the space that the OS will consume on my drive?
 

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Last updated November 16, 2017 Views 2,116 Applies to:
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Hi,

Follow the steps to free some space on the windows installation drive i.e. Windows directory.

Step 1: Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder.
> Click Start, type services.msc and then hit enter.
> From the list of services, right click on "Windows Update" service and then click Stop.
> Open the Windows Directory and then delete the SoftwareDistribution folder.
Note: SoftwareDistribution folder is the folder where the updates are downloaded. Once the updates are installed on the computer, the downloaded contents can be removed from the SoftwareDistribution folder or the SoftwareDistribution folder itself can be deleted as this folder will be recreated automatically when we scan for the windows updates once again.
> Once the SoftwareDistribution folder is removed, then start the "Windows Update" service successfully.
> "Windows Update" is the service that enables us to scan for the windows updates successfully. So please make sure to start this service, if it's not started, then we will not be able to scan for the windows updates successfully.

Step 2: Remove unwanted softwares that are not required on the computer to increase the space.
> Remove temporary files and folder.
> Click Start, type %temp% and hit enter.
> Select and delete all the temp files and folders from the temp folder.
> Ignore the files and folders that gives an error message.
> Click Start, type cleanmgr and then hit enter.
> Select the appropriate option and remove the unwanted data.


All the best! If the above steps resolve the issue, then do mark the post as Answered. Thank you. Amzas

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Hi akosijuku,

Thanks for posting to the Answers Forum.

You can use the search feature to locate large sized files that are taking up space.
You might try looking for files over 1 gigabyte to start with.

You can also try disabling System Restore temporarily to clear old restore points that may be taking up space, though this is not recommended. You can re-enable it and create a fresh restore point.

Do you have back up software that might be taking up space?

Hope this helps.

Chris
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