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Blogs Winxs: Why my Vista install bloated to 28GB

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 24 Jul 2009.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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  2. GFC

    GFC New Member

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    Is there such a tool for Windows 7? Because I too have 30GB for OS and I'm almost out of space now.
     
  3. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    compcln deletes SP2 files.
     
  4. Aracos

    Aracos New Member

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    Damn that's huge! That's more than my entire XP installation XD
    If XP doesn't get as bloated by keeping older files why does vista? That's what I don't understand =\
     
  5. thehippoz

    thehippoz New Member

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    yeah I'm over 32 gigs on my vista install.. think that's normal though- vmware recommends 24 gigs minimum for a vista 64 install and just 8 for xp

    other than the tweaks and cleaning out temp/duplicate files, don't know how to shrink it

    *edit* actually if you shoot a email over to the guys at start64.com.. they will probably write an article on it
     
  6. dicobalt

    dicobalt New Member

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    I have a VM installed with Vista x64 sp2 integrated and it's all updated now, my winsxs folder is only 6.92GB. By integrated I mean the disc is Vista x64 SP2, there was no silly sp1 or sp2 install after installing Vista. Microsoft makes this available to their Technet peoples. You can find this iso available on your favorite yarrrrrr site tho. Here are hashes for Vista32/64 sp2 iso's:

    32bit: (3.02 GB (3,243,413,504 bytes))
    MD5: a1c024d7abaf34bac3368e88efbc2574
    SHA1: aaee3c04533899f9f8c4ae0c4250ef5fafbe29a3

    64bit: (3.59 GB (3,861,460,992 bytes))
    MD5: 19ca90a425667812977bab6f4ce24175
    SHA1: 25ad9a776503e6a583bec07879dbcc5dfd20cd6e

    BTW the entire virtual HDD is only using 11.5GB of space, I only have a Firefox installed and a few very small security applications.
     
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  7. thehippoz

    thehippoz New Member

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    yeah dico.. but alot of us who been with vista awhile have huge installs- like my install goes back to the release of vista right after beta, around jan 2007.. rather cut it down than reinstall

    I know alot of guys who reinstall like it's some sort of spring cleaning lol I found not really necessary, even on the older os's you can keep it running smoothly.. the bloat over time never really thought about too much- but now that I looked like hanlon says- what has been seen, cannot be unseen :D
     
  8. Ross1

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    I tried running vsp1cln.exe .... it didnt take very long and didnt delete a significant amount of data.
     
  9. dicobalt

    dicobalt New Member

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    Yea I take my window install optimizations pretty far. Usually I install windows and update it, install apps, turn off windows system restore, run r-wipe to get rid of every temp file, log file, app trace on the drive. Then I will run Smart Defrag to get all the files up to the front of the drive so they transfer as fast as possible. I even use the registry to turn of the stupid Vista/Win7 thumbnail cache database that can grow to many GB in size. Honestly Win7 was so fast at generating thumbnails on my computer it was silly for it to even use the database at all.
     
  10. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    I can't find Winxs folder, nor can do I see my system drive increase.
    I have Vista SP2.
     
  11. dicobalt

    dicobalt New Member

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    It is located in c:\windows\winsxs
     
  12. HyLite

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    Just a thought: Sometimes Vista bloat is a result of Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) growing. i.e. every time you do any installs a restore point is created. Over time these can really add up. Drill down to the create restore point diag box, uncheck the drives, apply, recheck the drives, apply and all the previous restore points will delete and a whole bunch of HD space released.
     
  13. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    side note, i have been trying to reduce an XP install down below 10GB, an idea's?
     
  14. andrew8200m

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    18.43gb. Thats ridiculous! If you have your OS on an 30gb ssd for instance I would have been stuffed a long time ago! I think this needs to be adressed in further operating systems. Good thing I have 128gb for the OS, still, it means that I will have to watch what I instal otherwise the system could start to grind.

    Andy
     
  15. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Thanks for the path of the folder


    Well the folder winsxs is in Windows 7 RC... mine is 5.73GB
    I have been using Win7 RC since the day it was released. My Vista SP2 has winsxs and it's 12.7GB, I have it since Feb 2009.
     
  16. dicobalt

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    That's easy. Install XP using an iso that already SP3. Turn down all caching in browsers to reasonable levels. Disable java cache in the control panel if you have it installed lol. Install plenty of ram so it doesn't use the swap file and disable the swap file. Disable hiberation file with powercfg-h command and delete the file if it still exists after that. Disable system restore. Use R-Wipe to schedule routine deletion of temp files from all sorts of places you never knew existed. Oh yea, uninstall internet explorer and windows features also in the add/remove.
     
  17. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Seeing as my XP install on my EeePC was under 500MB, under 10GB shouldn't be tough..

    Follow a guide for nLite?
     
  18. Omnituens

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    vista SP1 was the ONLY sp i ever uninstalled, because it broke almost all my USB devices on my laptop, like my webcam that it can see, but no application can access
     
  19. KoenVdd

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    uninstall, install linux, for mediapc mythbunutu should do nicely. My ubuntu is 7gb with all the crap i haven't cared to remove, but not counting the 4gb swap partition (fair is fair).

    PS: maybe not directly on topic but acting smarmy to Windows owners is a hard earned privilege.
     
  20. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Ok, we will keep in mind when Microsoft goes bankrupt or that Linux fixes all it's downsides.
     
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