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Large C:\Windows\Installer folder

Q: Large C:\Windows\Installer folder

Hi guys,

My C drive is getting full and I have 5GB of files in the C:\Windows\Installer folder. I google'd around and found numerous articles/posts about running a command "msizap.exe G!" to properly clear out un-needed files.

Everything I've found on properly deleting files from this directory points back to a download that used to be here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

which now has a note: "This article previously contained a link to the Windows Installer Cleanup utility (MSICUU2.exe). If you were directed to this article to solve a problem installing a product other than Microsoft Office, please contact your software manufacturer for installation support on the product."

(thanks Microsoft... do I contact YOU then??)
Does anyone know the current correct procedure to clear out this folder? Or if this tool is still available somewhere? (and safe to use on Windows 7)

Thanks

A: Large C:\Windows\Installer folder

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Greetings!

I've been having trouble for several months now with my file folders getting too large. Normally, I can clean up my temporary folders with cCleaner or by using the Disc Cleanup tool. This usually takes care of the large "AppData" folder. The trouble I'm seeing now is that my "Installer" and "winsxs" folders continue to grow. Currently, Installer is at 14.4 Gb and winsxs is at 11.3 Gb.

I have read several posts here and a few internet articles discussing options like turning off hibernate mode, emptying the AppData folder, and running cCleaner. These don't address issues in Installer or winsxs though. I tried deleting applications that I don't use. There are some that I'm not sure that I use but may be part of some Excel or VBA pack that I need so I don't delete those. I also ran the msizap.exe application but can't seem to reduce the size of those folders.

I'm not sure if this helps but I ran SpaceSniffer to get an idea of where all my space was being used. In there, the application is telling me that some of these larger .msi or .msp files haven't been accessed in over a year while some of the smaller files haven't been accessed in over 4 years. I'm not sure if that matters but it seems like there could be some house keeping done on those files.

Any help anyone can give is greatly appreciated. Thanks, in advance, for any help you can give me.

Michael

A:Large Windows 7 Installer and winsxs Folders - 50% of partition

Those sizes are not especially large. On my Win 7 system, Winsxs is 12.5GB. Installer is small though, under a GB.

How big is your hard drive. If it's an SSD then it sounds like it's too small.

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still the same size.
 

A:windows folder too large

Your Windows folder is within reason. Mine is slightly over 23 gbs.
 

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Any ideas welcome, as my C: drive is almost full and I don'y know why!!
 

A:Windows 7 C:/User folder large

Your best bet would be to download an application like SpaceSniffer which would give you a graphical view of where the consumed space is going.

It's real easy to use. Just open the zipfile you download, drag the application to your desktop, and launch it.

I see your specs as Windows 7. You may want to right-click on the application and select 'Run as Administrator' which might give you a better view into folders that might otherwise be restricted.
 

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I have a dual boot so I could probably quite easily delete the folder and file, but before doing so I am curious as to whether it might have been caused by malware.
 

The composite image above shows the location of files on my very full system drive, as well as the results of the AVG scan.
 

 
This image shows the Windows temp folder (after the S&D cleanup) containing the offending large folder.
 
I should appreciate any thoughts anyone has on this.

A:Very large file in Windows\Temp folder

In it was a single file called .eunf
 

Is it eunf or just unf?

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Hi,

For a while now my Windows folder has been taking up more space on my 60GB SSD than I think it should. The size breakdown goes like this:

C:/Windows - 28 GB

- winsxs - 11.65 GB
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- Assembly - 1.63 GB
- SysWOW64 - 1.30 GB
- Installer - 1.17 GB
- Microsoft.NET - 1.03 GB
- SoftwareDistribution - 0.85 GB

I do regular registry fixes and temp file cleans, and I do regular inspections on my drives to remove unnecessary files and programs. However, the large increase in my Windows folder which happened about 6 months ago is really bothering me.

Is there any way get rid of some excess files? Or is this just a case of Windows inaccurately showing the actual amount of free space due to hard links?

Help is appreciated, thanks

A:Abnormally large Windows folder, size reduction possible?

Have you run disk cleanup?

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A:Need Help Extremely Large Files in Windows-Temp Folder Cannot Delete

You MIGHT have a root kit virus.

Some root kit removes...

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You could always split them into sub folders so there are less files present at once.

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A:Deleting the Windows\Installer folder

A 20GB partition is more than ample for an install of XP and programs.

I would suggest that you can gain more space by moving data files (photos, music, etc.) from your Documents & Settings folders...to your larger hard drive...than you would ever gain by trifling with programs and Windows folders.

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A:Windows Installer Folder Getting Bloated

Be careful of that folder or you will not be able to uninstall, or have to reinstall, or will get popups from, the programs involved.

The cleanup utility should only be used to remove programs you no longer have or are stuck mid-installation. Do not remove anything else with it.

http://forums.techguy.org/attachments/130351d1208295515/msizapu.zip is safe to use from a command line. It will remove only orpaned files not needed any more. But use only the G switch and no others. Try that first and see if it removes a noticeable amount.
 

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Hi.

I'm on Windows 8 x64.

Are the files on C:\Windows\Installer needed or they can be removed ?

If yes then how to safely remove them?
 

A:Windows Installer Folder Clean Up

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A:missing C:\Windows\Installer folder

The Windows installer folder is hidden.

When Office gets hosed, it usually takes a full reinstall of the OS to fix it. Because Office is so deeply integrated into Windows, files folders and registry settings are everywhere... Often times reinstalling Windows is actually easier than trying to sort through it.

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A:c:\windows\installer folder is 3/4 of capacity of hdd!!!

Quote:





Originally Posted by suttybutty


Any suggestions anyone?




Run chkdsk, manually set a System Restore point and simply delete the files. No point in moving them or saving them.

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My C:\Windows\Installer folder has been getting out of hand, And i wanted to clean it out. However, after reading a few tutorials and trying msizap.exe it appears that those methods are not applicable to windows 7.

Any idea on how?

A:How do you clean out the C:\Windows\Installer folder?

Welcome to the Se7en Forums! blinxwang

When looking in that folder here and finding a lengthy list of temp sub folders used for the original installation of MS Office 2010 beta and other programs I simply hightlighted and right clicked on the entire contents found and simply chose the delete option to send them on their way since they were no longer needed. Now all I see when looking there is an empty folder without having any effect on the programs that saw subs there. Windows likes to hold onto files that lack installer cleanup functions.

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A:Large installer and winsxs folders

Hello Vcize,

The folder "%WINDIR%\winsxs" mostly consists of hardlinks to system files, backup of Updates and multiple DLL file versions to keep compatibility with programs.
So yeah it is big, but the size is also fooling us cause hardlinks point to a single file to reduce hard disk space, though Explorer does not know that, so the size is much smaller than it seems.
out-web.net/?p=623

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blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/10/08/breaking-news-reduce-the-size-of-the-winsxs-directory-and-free-up-disk-space-with-a-new-update-for-windows-7-sp1-clients.aspx

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A:12GB of data in my \windows\installer folder

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Microsfot Office?

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Windows and Office version would help.
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Welcome
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Which Firefox folder are they in? You normally have two. One in Program Files and one in Application Data. The second one is your profile and is the one that would be more likely to get large.

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Right click on the folder
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OK
 

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A:divide 1 large folder into small folders

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Clicking on a large folder in Explorer can cause a slowly-moving green progress bar. In some cases this can take several minutes to complete.

A common cause is thumbnail caching of image and video files, resulting from having properties | customize | "optimize this folder for:" set to pictures, vs documents or General items.

The most likely solution: in Explorer, right click on folder, select properties, customize, under "optimize this folder for:", select either General items, or documents. Set check box "Also apply this template to all subfolders", then click apply.

The slow progress bar is apparently caused by Explorer scanning the folder and all subfolders to pre-render thumbnail images for image and video files. This happens if the "optimize this folder" setting is pictures or videos. This happens when merely clicking on the top-level folder.

If "optimize this folder" is set to documents or General, the thumnails are not rendered until you actually click on the folder or sub-folder containing those.

This was discussed in another thread on this forum, but it was full of speculative remedies, and the actual cause and remedy was not posted until the last thread (and one year after the thread was started): Accessing drives in Windows Explorer takes a long time

I'm creating this thread with a more exact title and concise description, to aid in finding the solution based on a symptom search.

While the above is the most... Read more

A:Slow Explorer progress bar on large folder

My "Slow" folder was set up for Videos. Optimizing it for General solved the problem.

Thanks,
Bob

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Hi,

Yesterday i copied a large folder 51gb into my external hardisk and I used windows 7. One file name was too long and I was prompted. I selected skip file. I remember seeing the folder in my hardisk after copy. But no longer there today. the space still occupied tried using programs like pci recovery. not found.
The folder has many work files. please help;
 

A:large folder missing on external hardisk

try to used power data recovery....download it.....
 

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Any clue as to what this file/folder is all about? And, more importantly, how to delete it? (Assuming it's not necessary.)

I was going to try to upload a .txt file here, but it is 62.22mb; and zipping the file only went down to about 42mb
I managed to take a screenshot of a small portion of the .txt doc contents. (I got that .txt file by using this DOS command: dir>0bad.txt)
You can see the obad1.jpg here on my website:
https://sites.google.com/site/stufff2share/rbfrbf

You can access the actual .txt document via my Dropbox account--it is a 62.22mb .txt file.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xmzxlmoajjslp5t/0bad.txt?dl=0

I've tried & tried to delete the folder...
~ via DOS commands
~ by right clicking it and selecting: delete.
~ by creating a .bat file

I've also tried to put the folder in my Comodo\s file list, so that I can mark it as: malicious.

I tried using: Fast Copy software --- because I read online that it might be good for deleting large files. (This 0bad file has about 1 million files in it--so says its Properties dialog box.)
I tried UBCD, but the CD would not boot up. (Despite using several diff CDs. I even tried it on another PC just to see if it would boot up--but no joy.


I tried to change its contents from a partially read only, by unchecking: read only. It took about 12 hrs for this process, but at the end of it, the: read only box is still "partially checked" -- meaning, it's not unchecked or check... Read more

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I have a small 64Gb SSD boot drive C:

I installed Windows ADK to enable EasusToDo imaging software to create a boot disk.

This has left 3 folders about 3Gb in size in my c:\users\me\appdata\local\temp folder

I have therefore very little free space left on the C drive.

The folder attributes are read only.

I as an administrator user have full access rights (confirmed in folder Properties) but when I try to delete the folders the error message asks for permission from me to delete. I give this permission, then it refuses, stating Try Again as it need permission from me.

This computer does not recognise boot CDs even though the BIOS order is set correctly. I was hoping to remove files using an Ubuntu live boot CD.

Windows Disk Cleanup utility just stalls - presumably it also cannot delete these files.

What to do?

A:Can't remove large files from Temp folder

Those are some pretty enormous temp files you have there. I've never heard of such large files in the temp folder before.
I've found using the program Unlocker really helpful in deleting stubborn files.

Download Unlocker 1.9.1 - FileHippo.com

You may need to reboot if the file is especially stubborn but it tends to work most of the time.

*Edit*

The 64-BIT version is located here
Unlocker Free Download

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I am puzzled why, as far as I can tell, everything else seems to be there except this one single folder.

This is what happened: I run registry cleaner section in Ccleaner, and following that it was giving me an error message that the locally stored profile can't load, and it could only log me on with a temporary profile. Needless to say, I could not access any of the things in my profile.

I took my computer to the service place, but first nothing was done for 3 days (3 very painful days without my computer and being worried about the fate of my things on it...) and then the IT guy did work on it some, but I don't know what he did and I don't think he did much or didn't get far in any case, because when I picked my computer up there was no difference.

After that I was searching for some answers or suggestions on various forums etc. I tried system restore but it could not restore it. Then I ran chkdsk and it worked, it repaired one file (ntuser) and then my profile loaded back, looking like it always did before, except that as far as I was able to remember, one single folder is missing.

I looked in the hidden files and folders (by doing: windows explorer : tools : folder options : view tab : check show hidden files and folders : uncheck hide protected operating system files : OK) but I don't see it there.

The folder I am talking about was probably quite large, containing many sizable word documents and a number of pdf files. I think it was in "my documents&... Read more

A:After restored profile, one large folder is missing

Have you tried using Windows' search tool to search for the folder or files found inside it?
See if this software reveals anything...
http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

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I've got a little registry file that I run on all my new installs. One thing I been wanting to add to it is the ability to set the Folder View settings to "Large Icons" for "All Folders". The manual way to do this is...

- Open folder
- Right-Click > View > Large Icons
- Tools > Folder Options > View > Apply to Folders

So basically I'm looking for the registry key that I can change to set this via reg file. I've tried digging around in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU & Bags but it looks like those are for all folders. I'm looking for the one specific key/value that windows checks to determine what the folder view should be.

Thanks in advance!

A:Registry Key for Folder View > Large Icons

Hello XenonKilla,

If you like, you could set your folder view settings to how you like, then use the tutorial to back up these settings as a .reg file that you can use to restore them in any user account.

Folder View Settings - Back Up and Restore in Windows

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I use OE 6 on an XP Pro platform, and I need to move a large block of business emails from one OE folder to another. There are roughly 8,000 emails in this folder, and I need to move half to a new folder so they will compact properly.

Is there a FAST WAY to "Select" or highlight 4,000 out of 8,000 emails? It would take hours to hold down the Ctrl key and individually click all 4,000. Using Edit>Select All will not accomplish what I need. In a regular Windows folder, one can hold the Ctrl key and drag the cursor beside a long list of files to select them. Is there any way to do something similar inside an OE folder? Thanks.
 

A:Moving a large block of OE 6 emails to a different folder.. How To?

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and also when deleting files recycle bin shows a black icon..

please help...

A:Folder Icons Are invisible when viewed large

Hi Qwerty77
Try this:

1) Right click the folder and choose properties.
2) Click on the Customize Tab.
3) Choose Change Icon at the bottom
Pick an icon you want top use for the folder,then click ok.

You may have inadvertently clicked on a "white" space when choosing icons. (It is possible to create invisible folders in that manner, hence the black box.
Try right clicking on your desktop first, and click refresh.
Hope this helps...

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hello.
i love portable .paf apps and pretty much download all i can find that i "might" use one day. every time i try to enter the folder i keep them in, explorer goes into the not responding state like it is
indexing all the files, or scanning them for some reason. i have defender off, do not use any software based firewall or any real time antivirus scanner at all. the process to enter the folder takes over a minute and every time i restart my system the same thing happens again. as long as i dont shut down then it is instantly accessible like all other folders on all my other hdds including the same hdd that the folder is on. it only seems to happen with the .paf files.

the folder is only 409 files at slightly over 5gb.

any suggestions?

thanks

A:Portable Applications Large Folder Backup

It might do that once, but it should not be doing it every single time. You don't have to keep it in the Program Files folder, you can put it anywhere. I keep my portable apps in a folder off my C drive made for them, it never does this.

Welcome to Windows 8 Forums!

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I recently discovered a folder on my C: drive simply titled Boot. (Filepath is C/Windows/Boot) It is taking up 27 GB of my 37 GB available space. It wasn't always that large, but must have increased steadily in size in the almost 2 years I've owned the computer. This Boot folder has 4sub-folders, ranging in size from 4 GB to 10 GB, totaling the 27 GB, but when I open any of those 4 sub-folders, there are only a few files of a few KB each. This is not a hidden folder, and I located what I believe is theactual boot folder needed to boot up my computer. I am not able to delete the C/Windows/Boot folder or any of the folders or files inside of it. (It says I need administrative privileges, but I’m the administrator and the only user of the computer.) Starting a few weeks ago, this folder is causing me to continually get “Low Disk Space” pop-up bubbles. The other night, I cleaned up some spaceon my computer, ended up with 750 MB of free space, went to bed, and woke up to find I was down to 42 MB of free space. I suspect that somehow, stuff is automatically getting dumped into C/Windows/Boot. Would love to be able to fix this so I’m not always dealing with the “Low Disk Space” message. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. (Laymans terms please, if possible.) Thanks in advance.

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Hi all.
I have had lots of videos on my hdd for some time now building up a collection of car videos/movies. there is roughly 50gb+ of videos on one partition, 17+gb of these vids are car videos. When I go into my car video folder my HDD light comes on and loads like crazy, and then when I try to open one it takes for ages.

Also another problem which mite be related that I have is, Files go missing, eg. a 700mb car movie. the file is still there it shows all the bytes in properties and that is all correct, but when I try to open it says the file has been "compressed" or something along those terms. I know its not the codec, as I have just about every codec and these movies have worked previously. Especially after reformatting my files go missing from each of my back up partition drives. at the moment, 3.77gb of my fighting videos will not open :(

If anyone can help me, i would appreciate it. its really annoying not to be able to use the stuff on your HDD.

Thanks,
Mr. SaKaTuMi

A:Loads very slowly after opening a large folder of videos

hmmm....defrag your hdd and see if that helps. a good defraggin tool is diskeeper and perfect disk. so far i have experiences with diskeeper and it works great and the program is hella fast.

also since you are running winxp, try booting up with your winxp cd. of course and im sure you know this, you will need to change the boot order in the bios to cdrom as first boot device.

then when you boot up with the winxp cd, choose repair in the main console and it will take you to a command prompt screen. type out " chkdsk /r" without the "". also you will need a space between chkdsk and /r.

after it has finish, bootup to windows and see if this fixes your problem. also scan your computer for viruses, spyware, and malware. good luck

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I'm using Kolor Autopano Pro, on W8 Pro. In this application there is a 'Select images' control which opens an explorer window to choose the images for a pano.

Often it crashes with an exception c0000374, as follows:

Source
Autopano Pro (Build 12/03/2013 )

Summary
Stopped working

Date
‎12/‎05/‎2013 16:04

Status
Report sent

Description
Faulting Application Path: C:\Program Files\Kolor\Autopano Pro 3.0\AutopanoPro_x64.exe

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: AutopanoPro_x64.exe
Application Version: 3.0.5.400
Application Timestamp: 513f04c4
Fault Module Name: StackHash_58b1
Fault Module Version: 6.2.9200.16420
Fault Module Timestamp: 505ab405
Exception Code: c0000374
Exception Offset: PCH_1B_FROM_ntdll+0x0000000000002C2A
OS Version: 6.2.9200.2.0.0.256.48
Locale ID: 2057
Additional Information 1: 58b1
Additional Information 2: 58b107ff772738b9d40473f199a9bbac
Additional Information 3: 398f
Additional Information 4: 398ffb97eb84e25cb020526ceb62d673

Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: dae2bdc92438601f1b7abf5ca3a5c973 (104288499)

In particular it crashes if I scroll the window rapidly while the thumbnails are still being populated.
If I scroll it one row at a time to the very end, such that all the thumbnails (from DNG, JPG and TIF files) are filled in then I can use the slider to scroll rapidly up and down the window, no problem at all. Cycling through the different ... Read more

A:Exception when scrolling a folder with 'large icon' view.

Please provide this information so we can provide a complete analysis (even though you're not reporting BSOD's): Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

Also, Please do the following (preferably immediately after the app crashes - it'll be easier for me to scan):
- open Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc)
- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")
- right click on Administrative Events
- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."
- save the file as Admin.evtx
- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")
- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and post a link here).

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I did google a few times but couldn't find a way to solve. I'm using Windows 7 pro x64 (I think I upgraded from windows 7 home edition). I had same problem last week but while I was cleaning out some stuff windows was updated so I had to restart....and then there suddenly was 17 gbs free space. But ever since last update my HDD is down to attachments.

I'm on laptop with followings:

ASUS N61JQ-X1 16-Inch Laptop
1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Quad-Core Processor
4GB DDR3
320GB HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium

I'm using TuneUp Utilities 2011 (luckily the new guys who took over and messed up TuneUp stuff decided not to mess with anything before 2012 version) with Avast. As you guys can see from my attachments, Windows folder and System Volume Information alone are taking 50+ Gbs. I'm also wondering if I need all these crabs with amd64-microsoft-naturallanguages-blahblahblah? I have 84000 files of these craps. I do keep it hibernation which is about 3gbs. I moved system restore point to external HDD so no back up whatsoever in C drive, all games except few, which are located in D drive, are located in external HDD.

Is there any way I can possibly clean up from windows and system volume information without harming my computer? btw, I didn't do a single format ever since I bought this computer because it still runs smoothly. The only thing that's bothering me right now is C drive space, and I don't want to format because I'm going to grab a new machine for programming at th... Read more

A:Window folder and System Volume information too large.

Note: I see you moved System Restore to another drive, no idea how that affects the following! Follow it regardless.

Avast Bug

Please read https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=162041.0
Also check https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=166697.0

Avast sets System Restore disk usage % to 50.

You can try:
- go to control panel-> programs and features -> Avast -> change
- remove the component NG (down below).
- change % back to 10% (windows default) or whatever you like it
- restart
- check if % is what you set
- check restore points (seems this NG delete old restore points when run out of space)
- manually create a restore point if there are none
- open command prompt ->vssadmin list shadowstorage
- see how much space it takes.

You can also try uninstalling Grimefighter if above won't solve your problem.

For Windows folder:
Did you run Disk Cleanup yet?

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I have been using Windows XP Version 2002 Service Pack 3 for a while with few problems, and run Norton 360 which I continually make sure is up to date with no warnings.

The problem that I have been having is that I have twice now found that my C: drive, which has 144 GB of hard drive space, keeps filling up when just a few months ago I checked it and it was less than half full. I downloaded a free program which shows me the folder sizes in Windows Explorer, and found that the cause of the drive filling up were these huge log files in my kids' "My Documents folders". There were many such files, but for example, there was one called CAGC0bd49d6c000a072e.log which was over 18 GB in size. I just simply delete them and empty my recycle bin, but they seem to keep reoccurring.

I am curious what they are, why they are so big, are they dangerous, and can they be prevented?

Thanks so much for any help!!

A:Large .log files in My Documents folder starting with CAGC*

If you scan with AV and AM and they show nothing, open a few and see what's in them.

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I am backing up my Win 7 folder just before moving to WIN 8. The folder is 65G in size. I just copy and paste from my laptop hard drive to my external USB drive. I started the copying just before I went to bed last night. This morning I saw a pop up windows saying that 12 files cannot be copied because the path is too long. The option is "skip' or 'Cancel'. I took the skip option and the copy job completed. But it does not tell me the name of the 12 files that I skipped.
Now my problem is how do I found out which 12 files are missing in my backup.
I know that I can do the copy paste again and watch out for the error message. But it is a waste of time sitting in front of the screen. That was why I do it over night.
What is the best way to do this kind of work other than using some backup software.

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System: HP w/ AMD 800 processor, 30G (24G free), 192M ram
Office 2000 Word - I have a folder (BigFolder) in My Documents that contains about 4000 subfolders. When I "save as" with BigFolder as the "save in:" it takes 30 - 60 seconds to bring up the list of subfolders. This just recently slowed down like this - it used to take 5 - 10 seconds. I have scanned and defragged. Will more memory speed this up? Any other ideas? I am currently saving into a "work" folder, then later moving the "work" subfolders into BigFolder.
 

A:Office 2000 Word - large folder slow to save into

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Hello,

I'm sharing a folder on a Windows XP computer with 15,000 sub-folders/files over a small network. This folder used to be hosted in Windows Server 2003 machine. But after I made the switch to XP, accessing the shared folder over the network takes over 1 minute for the files to list.

Does anyone know what might be causing this slow performance? And is it related to the XP operating system?

Any tips and advice will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Ralph

A:Problem sharing folder with large number of files over network

if you are using sp2 or 3 i believe this problem could be caused by a tcp connection limit have a look at this
http://www.speedguide.net/read_articles.php?id=1497

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My drive is partitioned into 2 (C: - 10Gb, F: - 15Gb).

When I use Treesize Professional I see that the 'Installer' folder takes up just under half of my C: drive.

This is proving to be a large problem as I am constantly being warned about low disk space, at one point I had 726Kb free! Even when I uninstall some programs the free space it creates soon disappears, in other words; no matter what I do the disk space continues to fill up!

I install most of my programs etc. to my F: drive.

Is it safe to remove this folder? If not, is there another way to resolve the problem?

A:My 'Installer' folder is over 4.5Gb - please help!!!

Depends what is in the folder that would affect the system if it got deleted.

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I need to split a folder containing several levels of subfolders into dvdr sizes for backup. I would like to retain not only the folder name but subfolders names.

Ex. C:\Pictures\Summer is 7gb and i would like to split it into C:\folder1\pictures\summer and C:\folder2\my pictures\summer

Any one know of a util? RAR/ZIP is an option but I would really like viewable access to the files on any disc.

The folder I need to split is quite large 70GB.

A:Split large size folder into smaller ones retaining subfolder names

Your talking about 16+ DVDs for that one file. The odds of one of them being bad is quite high.

Why not backup to an external hard drive instead?

Also, most burner software will do this for you automatically. I know Roxio will for sure. It will put as much as it can on each DVD then prompt you for a new one when that is done.

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This is similar to a post I made several days ago that only got one response, but this time I've really narrowed it down.

My computer has a problem specifically with the combination of the NTFS file format and JPG Files. I used to have my drives formatted as FAT32. I never had a problem going into Windows Explorer and expanding a folder full of JPG files. Even a really large folder, like 15Gb, would open instantly.

However, I recently converted all my drives to NTFS. Now any folder with over about 2Gb of JPG Files in it takes for bloody ever to expand! The bigger the folder, the longer it takes. For example, a 5Gb folder will take about 30 seconds. A 20Gb folder will take upwards of 2 minutes. It drives me crazy!

It's as if something in my computer related to the NTFS format is trying to catalog or make thumbnails out of all the JPG's in a folder before it expands that folder. However, I can't really support the "thumbnail" theory because all of my folders are set to be viewed in the "details" mode. I don't use thumbnails, icons, or mini-icons.

Any and all suggestions are welcome because I've been struggling with this for several days now and tried every trick I know.

Thanks!
Michael

A:Large Folder Full of JPG Files Takes a Long Time to Expand

Here are two items that might shed some light on how to fix the problem:

1. Once a large jpeg folder has been expanded (oh so slowly) in Windows Explorer for the first time, it will open instantly any time I come back to it as long as I don't turn off the computer. But once I restart the computer, I have to wait a long time all over again for any of the large folders to expand.

2. I just discovered by accident that if I use the "search" function before expanding any of the folders in Windows Explorer, all of the folders will expand instantly no matter what they contain or how big they are.

This seems to be telling me that once the operating system has "touched" each folder and file one time, it remembers them better then next time (until I reboot). I wonder if all of the folder/file information is getting dumped into RAM the first time it's expanded or searched? It seems like maybe this is an NTFS related cache issue. I have 2Gb of RAM, so I've experimented with turning off the page file (virtual memory), but it doesn't seem to make any difference whether it's off or on. There must be some other file caching system in NTFS that I'm not familiar with.

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HELLO GUYS!
I'm having problems when I try to customize my folder icons on VISTA. The icons I usually make is 256x256 px size and when I apply it to my desired folders, the size of the icons is always 32x32 px. When I try to appear it on large icons view, it's still on 32x32 px. It's so frustrating.

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Hello everyone!
I'm running my pc on Windows XP Pro, sp3, recently bought (january-ish?) so drivers and stuff are up to date

A couple of weeks ago I installed a program, Google Maps. A day later, however, I realized a large number of my shortcut icons were replaced with the generic icon. Upon trying to change the icon of a changed shortcut, a popup box popped up saying that the file '%SystemRoot%\Installer\{bunch of numbers}\[a filename]' could not be found. Entering that directory I found it was empty.

It's not only the icons that have been changed, but in common applications, such as Microsoft Word (03), I install certain features using the install packages (by that, I mean going to Control Panel>Add New Programs>Microsoft Office Word 2003>Change).

I've tried doing system restore but that didn't cahnge anything (I guess the files in the Installer folder were replaced, and system restore doesn't usually bring those back )

I hope someone can help me either somehow retrieve the files, repair my icons, make new ones, and/or prevent this from happening again.

Thank you
 

A:'Installer' Folder Problem

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Hello I'm David,
I'm new in the forum. As the title says, I have some problem  installing the icloud control panel in windows. At the end of the installation, the installer says that it has not the administrator privilegies to write in C:\ProgramData\microsoft\windos\Startmenu\programs\icloud.
I tried to used (in this sequence):
1- Malwarebytes anti malware
2-adwcleaner
3-JRT
4-OTL
In the following i'm posting the log of the programs (Hijackthis file included)
Can you help me in find what it is the problem?
 
Regards
 
P.S.
I opened everything as administrator not always the anti malware program even the icloud setup.

A:Icloud installer - windows installer does not have the administrator privilegies

I run Window Repair all in one too putting the MSI (windows installer) repair, but unfortunatly nothing changed

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my windows folder is 61 Gbyte
my winsxs subfolder is 12 Gbyte
my installer subfolder is 31 Gbyte
I can free my installer subfolder with 21Gbyte space by using patchcleaner.
patchcleaner looks for orphaned files

But is it safe to use patchcleaner?Won't I have problems with my installations?

A:patch cleaner / installer folder

Hi,
Never heard of it,
Use disk cleanup and cleanup system files inside it,
You can also use ccleaner although I never have.

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how can i change location of c:\WINDOWS/Installer folder to a different drive.. let's say at D;\ drive from c:\? is it possible? thank you and god bless(Moderator edit: revised Topic Title and added Topic Description. jgw)

A:default locationWINDOWS/Installer folder

Hi .What is it that you are trying to do?Since that is a system folder containing system files...I suspect that, at best, the folder will be recreated by XP...at worst, it will somehow gum up XP, IMO.Other opinions: http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-2640847.php AND http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPo...6&SiteID=17Louis

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My wife's mini-ITX PC was upgraded from 7 to 8 to 8.1 to 10. The installer directory has over 36 GB of stuff in it (mostly smaller installer files for what looks like OS components, some dating back to 2013). I see from online research that it's not a good idea to prune this directory. My recent clean install machines have between 1 and 2 GB of stuff in that same directory. I think that means it's time for a clean install on this PC. What advice or insight can the community offer on this subject?
The machine is running well (it's a light-duty machine only that the boss uses primarily for surfing the web and reading/writing email). Am I just obsessing over nothing here? Again, advice and insight much-appreciated.
--Ed--

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I know I have windows installer installed, as Flashplayer and adobe installed it. Is it harmful, my brother is raising a lot of heck about it. I read the other old forum logs for windows installer and it does not see to be a problem. He also said that he has a program from windows called Trusted Installer. Checked back forum logs, nothing on trusted installer. I ran a search of my computer with no results. He said it stopped him from downloading SAS. He did a clean install and now it downloads and he cannot find no trusted installer on it. Is there such a thing as a trusted installer? Its only supposed to be in vista as he says. Curious about it as I cannot find nothing on my computer for trusted installer, windows installer yes, other NO.
 

A:Solved: windows installer/trusted installer?

http://www.trustedinstaller.com/
 

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every time me or my wife logs into our accounts on windows we receive a pop up for windows installer and sonic decoder. they cannot be canceled unless I open the task manager and manually stop them I cant think of any changes I have made to msconfig or my registry that would cause this. I checked the event viewer log to see if there was any additional info but none was available. Any suggestions anyone?

My system also seems to be running very sluggishly way slower than normal, I ran a spyware scan Vundo fix and I am currently running a complete antivirus scan just to be safe even though I dont feel that this is malware/virus related.
 

A:windows installer/sonic decoder installer

so an update to this one....my computer is acting all sorts of weird now and programs are showing up that I deleted long ago....also when I view the audit in event viewer it shows a very large amount of registry errors. I am not familiar with the process to repair a corrupted registry . Is there anyone that could lend me some suggestions or guide me on the right path?
 

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So i have been searching the web for quite some time regarding this subject and there is a whole lot of arguing between those that claim microsoft fixit will work and whose who claim it is impossible.
 
i would like some sane advice from competent individuals and i know for a fact that it is possible to clean this folder because ms used to have a program called msizap that could delete orphaned pacakges without damaging the installer directory.
 
i also know which programs will and will not be uninstalled and would be more than willing to clean the folder manually if there was some way to take the file names and figure out exactly what programs and updates they went with.
 
 
for now i would like to know if there is any NON COMERCIAL software that can do this eaisly and painlessly or if there i some way to figure out what the filenames for the MSP files mean so i can manually figure out if it is orphaned or not.
 
 
it has really gotten out of hand the folder has balooned to about 25gigs and my C drive is a 80gb solid state. i simply cannot deal with microsoft's mess anymore i need help to clean up.

A:how can i purge orphaned MSP files from the installer folder

Hello! I suppose you have already been here??https://www.raymond.cc/blog/safely-delete-unused-msi-and-mst-files-from-windows-installer-folder/

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Hi guys,

By my mistake I deleted the windows installer folder contents and now I can't uninstall some programs, that turned into a generic icon.

How can I solve this issue?

Thank you

A:Mistakenly deleted Installer folder contents - now what?

Try a System Restore to a point before you deleted the folder.

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Hello,

My coworker gave me her Dell Inspirion 1464 laptop running 7 Home Premium, version 6.1.7600 Build 7600.

She complains about running out of space, and after a quick disk inventory it appear as though 60% of the hard drive is being eaten by these cancerous "winsxs" and ".dll" files, which I'm told are installer files.

I'm also told there is a retired Installer Clean Up utility that MAY ruin things if you decide to use it. After an hour on the internet, the best advice I found is

1) risk the utility and hope for the best
2) manually delete the files (terrible advice I gather)
3) re-install windows 7

Seriously? I'm a unix guy ? I need some help. But I don't want to ruin someone else's file structure. Isn't there software we can buy for this? Thanks?

A:Need a straight answer for installer folder mayhem

How about providing some specs for the computer?

Make and model.
Drive size and free space.
How much ram.

You don't want to mess with the winsxs directory. If you do, it will only be rebuilt.

I would recommend installing and running Treesize Free to see exactly what is using the hard drive space.

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Hi Experts,
When i had a small SSD i used an online guide to move the C:\Windows\Installer folder to my D: drive
I have used the symbolic link function (not sure exactly how) and this is the output of it:
03/11/2015  07:01 PM    <SYMLINKD>     Installer [D:\Windows\Installer]
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
How can i move it back to C: drive and cancel the existing link?
Thanks in advance to any helpfull reply

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Yesterday, for reasons I won't go into (but feel free to ask if interested), I installed Patch Tuesday update KB3161608 (x64) via the downloaded MS standalone installer (.msu), instead of via Windows Update. The installation was successful. (A little more detail, in case it might have any relevance: After I first started the install it seemed stuck at the "Searching for Updates" stage. Clicking cancel would not make the dialog go away. So I restarted the pc, with the "Searching for Updates" message still active. Upon restart and retry, it moved past the "Searching for Updates" stage almost instantly, and the install went smoothly.)

But now I see that, apparently as a result of the installation, Windows created a new lengthy-name locked sub-folder of C. (See screenshots of folder and contained files.)

Is this normal? What is this folder for? Can I delete or move it?

Thanks.

A:Folder Created by Successful Standalone-Installer Update

Hi Rick,
Thats cause you downloaded via WSUS (business) servers, there are some fix's that utilise this option, NOT the normal day to day standard user servers.

Roy

EDIT

DO NOT DELETE IT

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I have found files in the Windows 7 Installer Folder that are infected. Ok remove the bad files. But what if they are important. How to repair the folder? Below are the scan results from ClamWin. From what I have read in google searches it is very likely that these particular files are no longer of importance. But 1) How do I know? 2) Once again, what to do when it is an important file. 3) For that matter what does one do if they need to remove infected necessary files in any system folder?

Scan results. Thank you for any assistance.

A:Installer folder viruses-What to do if I need to remove important file

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... Did Norton find any Problems .. You could always check with Virus Total ....

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Hi I am new to this forum, mainly for this particular issue. I am not too computer savvy so please bear with me.
I am running Windows 7 and also have Semantic Endpoint Protection (SEP) running. Earlier today it has been popping up with issues constantly, maybe every 30 seconds to a minute.
 
These are the trojans it reports:
 
Trojan.Gen.2
Trojan.Gen.3
Trojan.Zeroaccess.C
 
Everytime these notifications pop up, SEP says that it has taken care of the job, whether it has quarantined or completely removed the problem. If that's the case, then why is it still popping up every 30 seconds? I've ran a complete system scan and, as I have read through some threads here, nothing shows up and the problem persists.
 
It also notes the location as being:
 
 C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Desktop\Install\{a18dd709-d5e8-7e4a-5608-044a0f81ddc3}\   \...\???\{a18dd709-d5e8-7e4a-5608-044a0f81ddc3}\U\00000008.@
 
When I go to that file location nothing is found. I have never even heard of Google Desktop and definitely have never installed the program.
 
So far, I have yet to see any performance issues or anything else really telling me that this is an issue, but the notifications keep coming. This is more of an annoyance than anything else so far. Please let me know what I can do to help my situation. Thank you
 
 

A:Google/ Desktop/ Installer (folder) Issue? Various Trojans alerted

Hi This is likely to be a ZeroAccess variant.Please do the following next: -------------------------- Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at Step 6.  If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<==  Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members. 

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Hello all. I really need your help. I've tried to open a downloaded file - TinyWallInstaller.msi - , but without success. I've learned that Windows blocks opening this and many other file extension types because it rates them as "high risk" or "invalid" with the pop-up : " Publisher Could Not Be Verified". I also came across a simple tutorial that does unblock this, but it doesn't apply to Vista Home Prem. - my O.S. So, that said, I'm looking for a good workaround that will enable me to unblock and open this neat firewall program. My experience is somewhat limited - would hope to avoid command prompt and registry editing if possible. However, at this point I'm willing to try just about anything! Please help!!!

A:MSI Installer Pkg. blocked by Windows Installer

Hi.

Have you tried going into control panel and disabling the windows firewall?

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3. I place icon "A" in folder "A" and icon "B" in folder "B".
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8. I assign icon "A" to folder "A" and icon "B" to folder "B".
9. I notice that I still get to see the switched-around icons that I assigned in step 4 in the large and extra large icon views. In the smaller views the folder icons are now correct.

Here's what I did to try solve this problem:

- Follow two tutorials: Icon Cache - Rebuild and Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8 (for .ico files).
- Remove the icon cache using the Disk Cleanup utility.
- Run "sfc /scannow" and "chkdsk /f /r".
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- Restart the computer and the "explorer.exe&... Read more

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I was able to play TW08 golf game with no problems, but when I finished and returned to windows large lettering still there.

Have tried to find somewhere to reduce the size to normal, but unsuccessful.

Cheers
Brian
 

A:vista home edition large font large lettering

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A:moving large number of large files to new drive

Simply drag and drop the folder(s).

Might want to do a copy first, verify that everything did indeed get copied, and then delete the originals.

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I'm currently deleting a 30 gig folder containing many folders of music. It's taking a while. no problem there. however, about every 30 second a prompt comes up saying "this folder is shared with other people if you delete it it will no longer be shared" and i have to click continue. I just want to let all those files be deleted withut having to click continue every 30 seconds. Help Please. Thanks in advance

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A:Large, Extra Large Icons won't load

I can tell you it's not a 64 bit issue as I do not have this problem.
Beyond that, I'll have to defer to another with more expertise in this matter.

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A:Where are the Extra-Large and Large Icons stored

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First post here on the SevenForums! I'm only saving the tough ones for you guys! Here's the problem:

My client's computer was infected with a virus obtained via Facebook. I removed this and multiple other infections (and I'm pretty thorough with my scanning). She gets it back, starts working on it, and apparently her devices and printers icons are blank. Not missing, like with a "blank page" icon, just... blank. Here's the kicker: it only happens with large and extra large icons. It also happens with normal folder icons. When I change it to medium or lower, they come back. I've tried rebuilding the icon cache database several times, tried sfc /scannow, tried chkdsk, tried uninstalling any recent updates, etc... There have been no hardware changes, the hard drive has been tested as good (no bad sectors), her dual monitors are at a sane resolution, and I'm confident that the viruses has been removed. Trust me -- I've tried all the obvious stuff I can think of. Thanks and Good luck!

Edit: Also, I did about 30 minutes of searching through previous threads. Couldn't find a thing, but I could have missed it...

A:Large & extra large icons blank

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Xileos


First post here on the SevenForums! I'm only saving the tough ones for you guys! Here's the problem:

My client's computer was infected with a virus obtained via Facebook. I removed this and multiple other infections (and I'm pretty thorough with my scanning). She gets it back, starts working on it, and apparently her devices and printers icons are blank. Not missing, like with a "blank page" icon, just... blank. Here's the kicker: it only happens with large and extra large icons. It also happens with normal folder icons. When I change it to medium or lower, they come back. I've tried rebuilding the icon cache database several times, tried sfc /scannow, tried chkdsk, tried uninstalling any recent updates, etc... There have been no hardware changes, the hard drive has been tested as good (no bad sectors), her dual monitors are at a sane resolution, and I'm confident that the viruses has been removed. Trust me -- I've tried all the obvious stuff I can think of. Thanks and Good luck!

Edit: Also, I did about 30 minutes of searching through previous threads. Couldn't find a thing, but I could have missed it...


Well you probably pulled some icon cache files off that were infected but also had the L and XL icons. If sfc didnt work you could try a repair install. It will re-install only the files with different hash marks.

Make a backup and restore point first just in case

Ke... Read more

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I go to Character map looking for the large i ,looks like 2 large T and the ohter one flipped over.Does Character map Not have this one ?

A:Character map missing the large i ,looks like 2 large T

the strange thing is after I posted this I see my I that I want ,but while i was typing i was only getting a capital i that looks like a line. Also when i copy and paste the correct I , after pasting , the i turns back into a stupid line. any ideas ?

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Hi,
Did Microsoft come up with the solution of this issue on Windows 8.1
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2838018

re-build the index helps compacting the edb file but it will grow again
are there a Windows 8.1 patch available to address this issue?
the patch KB2836988 doesn't apply to Windows 8.1
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/127bab1c-f071-4057-a9c0-a997f1249f6c/how-to-install-kb2836988-or-is-it-valid-for-windows-81?forum=w8itprogeneral

Thank you
Andy

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I am currently trying to make a copy of the files on my laptop to an external drive but after 1 Gb of data is transferred the status box when copying stops and doesn't seem to be copying over any further files. When I try to cancel the process it does not register that I have pressed cancel and I have to shut off my laptop manually, waiting a few seconds before turning it back on.

I have uninstalled avast believing that it might be causing an issue with the transfer but the result is still the same.

Recently after a failed attempt it has rendered my hard drive back to an ntfs unreadable state due to error code 0x80070570 .

Any help to resolve either issue would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

A:Windows 7: Windows 7 stalling during copying of large files to externa

What is the external HD? How old is it? When was it formatted etc..

In any case I would run a diagnostic on the external drive.
Also try a copying utility such as TeraCopy free version and see if it has similar problems(once the external drive is returned to a normal state or using another drive.)

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I am doing pc upkeep for my girlfriend and noticed that she is almost out of free space on her hard drive. I used a utility called folder sizes to explore her drive and found a bloated folder in C:\WINDOWS\Installer.
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I know she has had numerous failed Microsoft updates, and some of the entries seem to correspond to them.
I have no plans to uninstall any programs,so what I would like to know is, is it safe to just delete the entire contents of the folder?
 

A:WINXP "installer folder"

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I have a DELL OPTIPLEX GX1 that crashed...I replaced the hard drive & updated from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Pro...Some where along the line my "RUN" box disappeared..I can get it if I safe boot..But also when I open some files the window is TOO large to access functions at the bottom of the page...I can NOT move the page up enough to use these functions...I tried to change the page size useing my mouse but I can NOT get close enough to the edges to do it...(off screen) I also tried to adjust the pixels on my display but that shrinks up EVERYTHING too small for me to use easily...Is there an adjustment some where that will correct this & maybe get my "RUN" box back ? ? ? PLEASE help...My name is Ron & you can contact me directly through e-mail OR thru this website...Thank you VERY VERY much...RON

A:Windows TOO large

Hi RM2007 !

What's the maximum display resolution you can set in the display properties ? You probably need to update your video drivers.

Your computer is pretty old and there doesn't seem to be any drivers for XP available from Dell's website.

Found these drivers from Ati's website : http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/xp/legacy-xp.html. Yours should be the second one (under Rage Pro).

If your video card has the standard 4MB memory then once the drivers are installed you'll be able to set your display resolution to 1024 x 768 (85Hz).

About the run command, check that it's checked to appear in the sart menu properties :
http://blbsnj.wordpress.com/category/xp-tips/

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I just bought a 160G hard drive, Seagate, to be used in an external case. Seagates software recognized it as 152+G but said that win 98 would only recognize as max of 137G unless I used their software and partition in 2 partions. This was Ok 1 partition at 80G and 1 at 80G. When all was said and done I only got 80 G and 1 at 57G, with 2 partitions. The partitions were done on a win98 desktop with drive as secondary slave. Any ideas as how to get more out of this harddrive.

Thanks for any help.
Go Cards!
 

A:Large HDD - Windows 98/ME

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Hi, I'm new here. Since a week ago, my computer using large amount of RAM for some Windows processes like explorer.exe and winlogon.exe. When I start the computer, it is working fine, but then after 1 to 2 hours, it use more RAM even if I dont do anything.

Here is the list of the most notable processes
-explorer.exe = 50.000 K to 150.000 K
-wisptis.exe = 20.000 K to 40.000 K (there are two processes, I suspect one of them is a virus)
-winlogon.exe = 40.000 K to 150.000 K

Is it normal or it is definitely a virus? How to reduce these RAM usage?

A:Windows processes using large RAM

Quote:




I suspect one of them is a virus




You are probably correct in assuming there is a virus, as these 3 processes are a part of the Windows OS (Wisptis.exe is a system process which comes included with Microsoft Office Suite driver for Wacom Tablet, Windows ink services and tends to run alongside Adobe Acrobat Reader) Winlogon is the logon service where you logon to Windows with your user name and password.
You can also run Process Explorer to get a better handle on what is doing this.
Due to forum rules, we cannot assist with malware removal here. Please click on the link in my signature for Virus/Malware Help and post in that section of the forum for more help.

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My windows folder takes 15.1GB of my 32GB on my C drive and the Winsxs folder inside it takes up 9.8GB, is that normal? My laptop has very few applications I installed and only one is over 1GB and its a bit torrent full of music(2.4GB) so does it really take such a massive supply of memory just to run it?

A:Large Windows Folders

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I want to make the move to SSD on my notebook. However, I am researching and seeing that a 30GB SSD may be to small for Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium especially with future windows updates. I am trying to reduce my current Windows 7 64 install on my original 320GB drive to see how small of a footprint I can accomplish, but I end up only reducing the install to 32GB after all the tips I've read out there.

I have uninstalled everything I can think of and turned of system restore. Any other tips and/or advice is much appreciated. Thank you!

A:30GB SSD large enough for Windows 7 64?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by unknown


Any other tips and/or advice is much appreciated. Thank you!


Hi.

You could use a program like VLite to remove additional Windows components, but I would think 30GB is still too small.

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{28672A49-65A7-11E0-9BF5-00FF01000001} 4/18/11 7.5GB (7,908,378KB)
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I noticed my C: almost filled up so I used my handy WinDirstat to figure out what happened. It looks like 10 days ago a huge file was created in my c:\windows directory. The filename looks like some HEX registry key of some sort. The curly braces are actually in the filename. I did some quick googling and didn't see anything like this. Any ideas what this could be? I tried moving it to my D: but the file is in use by "System". I'm currently at 3GB free out of 150, so I really need to clear this file out if it is not needed. I thought maybe it might be some corrupted swap file, but I have mine set to my D:

This is Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

A:very large file in c:\windows

Go into safe mode, and rename it. Reboot normally. If your windows loads fine, then just delete the file.

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