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Abnormally large Windows folder, size reduction possible?

Q: Abnormally large Windows folder, size reduction possible?


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
- System32 - 8.45 GB
- 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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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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many of the monitors have suggested settings for their particular screen. Might check the mfgs. specifications.

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Why is it so high? and what can i do to reduce these sessions as it seems to cause internet issues with other PCs in the network.

A:Abnormally large sessions (Draytek 2830)

Are you able to provide a screenshot of such information? Also what units is this 600-2000 mystery number working in? (Seconds? Minutes?)

Also what sort of traffic is currently in session? If you do not know then what protocol is being used to initiate the session? (TCP? UDP? ESP?)

As for other issues on the PC, what sort of issues are you experiencing? Connection drop outs, slow connection? It could be possible that this session is eating up available bandwidth


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A:Irfan View Image Size Reduction For Email

are you trying to email straight from Irfanview? If so do you have the correct plugin?

If not... reduce the image then "save as" to your pictures or documents then attach to an email that way


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Hi to all.
Can we change taskbar icons' size to a specific size other than two default windows defined sizes?

A:change taskbar icon size to specific size other than small or large?

The guy here told me about two dock apps. See if you like it. I didn't and am still looking into customizing the size of the icons...
Can you specify a custom taskbar icon size?

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My 32GB Windows 10 Home PC (recently upgraded from 8.1) is low on disk space. I deleted Windows.old and I have hibernation disabled. Apart from a few browsers, very little else is installed, yet I only have 11.7GB left?

One reason may be the size of the Windows folder:
Size 14.7GB
Size on Disk 9.91GB

From my calculations, Windows appears to be using the higher figure in determining available disk space.

Why is 'Size' so much greater than 'Size on Disk', can I do anything about it? I have a similar 8.1 machine, it does not have this disparity (12.4GB and 12.3GB).

What would be a normal 'Size' for a Windows folder on Windows 10 Home PC very recently upgraded from 8.1 i.e. with few, if any Windows live updates run ?

A:Windows Folder Size greater than Size on Disk

I imagine its because windows compresses some system files currently it may be using 9gb but with all files uncompressed you may be looking at 14 which is why it uses the higher value

Windows 10 will save disk space and no longer require a recovery partition | Windows 10 content from SuperSite for Windows

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I set-up Windows Live Mail from a help of this site, to which I truly feel grateful.

Now, I find a size of Font is too large,.... about '14' to '16' that I want to correct to normal font sizse, '12.'

My question is;
How to change from '14' or '16' to normal font size,12?'

Thanks for your help in advance.

A:Font Size is too large on Windows Live Mail

Hi -

Go into Live Mail, click on blue tab, top-left; select "options", "mail".

This screen will then appear -

Regards. . .



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I'm sure it's a simple one but any help appreciated.


A:Can't reduce large text/menu size in windows 8.1

Hi Andrew,
Welcome to W8F!

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Hello! Yes, I'm a newbie and a numpty. This place looks wonderful! I hope you can help me.

Here's what happened: I reinstalled Windows for my sister, who is visually impaired. I just installed Windows XP Pro. Just finished it, and then handed it over to her, to customize her settings. Since she has bad vision, she usually lowers the resolution down to 800x600 and has the font size and title bar sizes larger. Well as soon as I left her alone with her computer, she messed up the windows or icon settings so bad, so everything is HUGE. Everything is so huge, that (what should be) small menus now fill the whole screen. We can't get to the part of the preferences window to change the resolution to something higher, and we can't get to anywhere (that we know of) to change anything back to something resembling normal. Basically, we can't do anything anymore.

I know I can reinstall Windows XP all over again, but since I JUST DID THAT I'd like to avoid having to do it all over again. Is there some way to reset the preferences, without having to reinstall the whole operating system for something so seemingly idiotic? Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

A:All icons/windows too large, cannot reset or change preferences to smaller size

get into "safe mode" hold F8 key down soon as pc starts to reboot highlight top menu when the safe mode window opens tap enter once in safe mode boot up, you should be able to access the resolution settings and reset the one you require..

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wondering if some one assit me,
I use windows Vista Home Premium, all my desktop Icons and the internet explorer text size has become larger suddenly. I tried all means to change the size, but it looks like some bug has been affected. Wondering if some can assist me in bringing back to normal with out re installing the windows would be great.
I tried going to safe mode and chg the DPI scale to 96
I tried right click and changing, tried using ctl + scroll bttn, none of these worked.

A:Windows Vista Icon & test size chged large suddenly

Originally Posted by naveen30


wondering if some one assit me,
I use windows Vista Home Premium, all my desktop Icons and the internet explorer text size has become larger suddenly. I tried all means to change the size, but it looks like some bug has been affected. Wondering if some can assist me in bringing back to normal with out re installing the windows would be great.
I tried going to safe mode and chg the DPI scale to 96
I tried right click and changing, tried using ctl + scroll bttn, none of these worked.

Try the methods in this tutorial:

Icon Cache - Rebuild

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I need to ZIP a folder containing files of about 250 MB. How do I go about this in Windows 7 Home Premium? Also where is the "Compressed (zipped) Folder" (in the "send to" drop down menu) located? Thank you

A:How do I 'ZIP' a large folder in Windows 7

Launch Windows Explorer. Select all the files/folder you want to compress (you can also use CTRL+click to add more files). Right-Click > Send To > Compressed Folder. The ZIP will be located in the folder you are workin in. There is a tutorial if you need more info : Zip a File or Folder - How To

Here are screenshots of how it's done with the built-in zip feature :

If you want more features though, I recommend 7-Zip. It's lightweight, has a LOT of options, usually has better compression on ZIP (or you can use the 7z format which compresses even more), and is open-source : 7-Zip. It will add a context menu accessible via Right-Click in Explorer.

Here are screenshots of the same process with 7-zip :

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my windows 7 (32bits) folder on the C drive is too large (21.1 GB) is there a way to clean it up?

I have deleted temp files and also run the commands:
cleanmgr sageset:99 (Check all the boxes)
cleanmgr sagerun:99

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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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:

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)


A:Large C:\Windows\Installer folder

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Last night, just before bed time, my wife informed me that she had seen, earlier in the day, a message indicating low disk space on our Windows 7 (Home Premium) Laptop. I took a look at the properties on C drive and it was down to about a half GB free space. This was on an 80 GB partition on which Windows is located. I ran Disk Cleanup and there is still only a bit less than 3 GB free space. I took a quick look at the properties of each folder at the root of C drive and found that the C:\Windows folder occupied about 48 GB. Isn't this way too much? Could this be related to Windows 10 to which we never upgraded? I'll look a little further this weekend to see if I can locate the bulk of the files, but I'm guessing I'm going to have to remove some Windows Updates or something, and if so, I'll likely need a little coaching on that.

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Looking at the properties of my C:/Users/Pauline folder, it shows a size of 198Gb, yet opening the folder and viewing the size of each file and sub-folder, they add up to no more than 2Gb (I keep all the libraries and user data files on a separate drive).
Another user, myself, as C:\Users\Malcolm shows a size of 9Gb. Even this is much much larger than the sum of the sub folders, but I could live with that.
Going to folder options and showing hidden and protected files shows nothing in the way of very large files.
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 just received a running out of system disk memory notice on my Windows XP desktop computer. I was a bit surprised because I don't store much on the system disk, and as part of an exercise discussed on another thread here I had recently cleaned it up. I ran a scan with AVG free which came up with nothing and also Spybot S&D which cleaned out as many temp files as it could. After this I noticed one very large "hidden" folder remaining in the temp folder. It was called ~eu0000. In it was a single file called .eunf.
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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Okay I will do my best to try and explain this clearly.

I had one laptop hard drive crash/fail on I purchased a new laptop and transferred all my files over via a window's backup and crash plan backup to make sure I got everything. Now the new laptop is having the same issue as the old laptop--obviously there is a corrupt file somewhere. The hard drive on the new laptop has not failed--yet--but 308GB of my 750 HDD has been sucked up by these temp files. I have attached a word doc with 2 screen shots--first showing the main window with all of these tmp files and the second with one file opened.

There 99 of these tmp files, with roughly 200,000 items in each taking up a lot of HDD space. I tried to delete one of these folders and the process took forever and it got hung up.

First, what are these folders and has anyone heard of this kind of issue.

Secondly, is there a way I can delete these files by by-passing the recycle bin since these things are so large. I thought I read somewhere I could use cmd to do this, but am not sure how.

I've used CCleaner and Malwarebytes and neither touched these files. As a matter of fact the Windows\Temp file never seems to get cleared out unless I manually delete what's in there. I was able to delete other files in that folder, just not these. I am getting very concerned for the life expectancy of my new HDD.

Also, one final note. I ran a chckdsk scan. It got hung up at 74% on Stage 1 and refused to budge from there... Read more

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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Any ideas?


A:Windows Media Player, Explorer.exe, Folder with large amounts of .avis

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

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Hi there.

I've got a PC that has very little free drive space.

My windows folder says that it is 48GB in size. This to me seems like a hell of lot more than it should be??

If everything in the folder is selected, including hidden files, the size of them all is much less than this.

Is there anything I could do to solve this?


A:Windows folder size

Just as an update in case anyone else has the same issue.

It was the Installer folder within the Windows directory that was about 44gb in size.

I downloaded the windows installer clean up utility and then using a command prompt, removed all of the orphan files. This more or less cleared the folder and free'd up all of the hard drive space.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my query.
I just restored a bkf file and the restored folder is smaller than the original bkf file. I need to delete the bkf file which is 12 GB but don't want to until I am sure all the files were restored.
I would like to figure out which files were not restored.
Is there any way to figure out which files are missing. After I restored the files, the report says that hardlinks could not be transferred but does not the size of them. The bkf file size is 33,754,314 bytes larger than the restored file,but the bkf file "size on disk"is 19, 099,648 bytes smaller than the restored folder!!!
When I left click on the bkf file and select properties it does not tell me how many files are in the bkf file only the bytes.

Is there any freeware/program that will tell me the number of files in the bkf properties dialogue box? Or even better let me look at the size and number of files in the three main folders I backed up.? I can not access/explore the bkf file only restore it. That would solve my problem. My backup tree is C:sharedhardlinkdata>beth>documents and settings>beth> and then 3 folders underneath
Thank you

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A:Really fad up because of the large size updates

Unfortunately, that's seems to be the way of things for now. The vendors have to keep adding/revising their database defintions to keep them up to date. Some vendors do this several times a day. There are security programs which allow you to download updates manually. I still have to use dial-up because of the rural area where I live. A solution for me is to manually download the large updates to the security tools I use (SUPERAntispyware, MalwareBytes) from another computer with a high speed connection, save them to a usb stick and transfer them to my machine when I get home. However, I use NOD32 AV which does not have a manual download page so I have no choice but to update through the program's GUI if I want to keep it (which I do).

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This is NOT a Word issue, but a Windows pane setting issue.

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I believe that this is the result of a recent Windows update.

A font seems to have suddenly grown very large in some applications. An example is shown in the attached screengrab. It is mainly in page tabs but also in some search boxes and also in some application update dialog boxes.

This is the output from TSG Sysinfo

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16383 Mb
Graphics Card: BB Capture Driver, 6 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 228933 MB, Free - 19186 MB; D: Total - 453867 MB, Free - 137767 MB; F: Total - 278994 MB, Free - 271427 MB; G: Total - 220902 MB, Free - 214352 MB; H: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 67828 MB; I: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 557568 MB; L: Total - 1907695 MB, Free - 1470284 MB; Q: Total - 476936 MB, Free - 270095 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Anybody got any suggestions please?

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I just built a new PC with a 120GB SSD and installed Windows 7 Ultimate. The Windows folder size on this machine is about 22.5GB, which seems kind of large to me. I have Windows 7 Pro on a laptop and the Windows folder size is around 12GB. Is there some things I can safely remove from the Ultimate install to free up some room. I'm already using about 2/3 of my new SSD and I need to load a few more applications.


A:Reducing the WIndows folder size

One wonders why you bought the Ultimate Edition if you now want to shrink it down and remove some of it's unique features which presumably you chose it for? I can't help you there I'm afraid, for fear of "breaking" Windows.

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With windows xp i was able to use a program thast would, in windows explorer show me the size of the files as well as the folders entire size, however in windows 7 this program wont work, I was wondering if anyone knew of a suitable replacement.
I only ask as part of my day to day activities involves checking the disk usages, and when they get below a certain % of free space tracking down whats using the space, where and why and this tool was very useful!

thanks in advance


A:Windows 7 folder size columns

Treesize and WinDirStat

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Hi all,

I'm just wondering if it's possible to reduce the size of the C:\Windows folder without any functionality problems? On the machine I'm currently running windows 7 on it's not a problem, as I've plenty of free space, and the Windows folder is less than 9Gb.

But just to see how 7 will run on an older machine as a little experiment, I guess I could do with more free space as the drive on the old machine is a mere 20Gb! Any ideas?

A:Reducing the size of the Windows Folder?

It's a pipe dream.

Depending on exactly how old the hardware is, 7 might not even install (much less run correctly). Finding Win7 drivers for really old hardware is nigh impossible, as well.

If you just want to toy with it, you might want to pick a nice Linux distro to put on there (I like Linux Mint).

But no, making the Windows folder smaller is not going to happen.

You could always put a bigger hard drive in there, but the old hardware is likely not worth the investment.

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Recently, free space on my system partition is going low for no reason (800mb out of 48gb is free). I have installed FolderSizes program to see what use all space and top space user is windows folder (21.5 gb). Inside windows folder top space use folders are : Serviceprofiles (about 10gb); winsxs (4.19gb); system32 (3gb). I dont know if this ok, but i googled about normal size of installed windows, and its about 4-5gb. What to do?

A:Installed Windows folder size?

Hi VR777, and Welcome To The Seven Forums.
Have you gone into Explorer (file manager) and tried running "Disk Cleanup."

To do this go into Explorer (file manager) and right click on the HDD that needs attention. Then navigate down to Properties, and click on "Disk Cleanup;" this should help a little bit. Also take a look at how much space your System Recovery is set up for. You may need to turn "System Recovery" off because of the small HDD you are using.

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"Windows Explorer, by default, doesn?t show the size of the folder when you opt for the ?Details? view. This is one of the little things that users will find lacking in Windows Explorer."

I tried some 3rd party programs for this but, they didn't work with 7.

Anyone figure out how to display this information.

A:Folder Size in Windows Explorer

Hello Duckling,

Yeah, this has been removed since Vista. It has to do with how long it would take to calculate all of the folder sizes and displaying them in Windows Explorer. To see an example of this, right click on the C:\Windows folder and click on Properties. Take note on how long it takes to calculate just this one folder and all of it's subfolders in the boxed in red area of the screenshot below. Now, imagine that multiplied by how many folders that may be in a Windows Explorer window. It could give you a minute delay after before you would be able to anything in that Windows Explorer window.
This tutorial will show you a workaround for this using the pop-up description.

Folder Size - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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Is there a way to create a Windows folder and limit it's maximum size? I'm just curious (and lazy) as I want to use it as a "dump" for camera photos transfer that will eventually be backed up to a DVD. At present, I have to keep checking the size of the folder to ensure I don't go over the DVD max size for data. Having a folder that is size limited would assist in creating backups more easily and with more regularity.

Thanks in advance to anyone with advice on how to set this up.

A:Limit Max Size of Windows folder?

It could be done using a .bat file but some issues could arise so you must take them into consideration when writing the file.
If you put a cap on the file you will need to write the .bat file so that in the event that the size will go over the limit there will need to be a way to handle that.
Otherwise it may stop writing at the cap and half of a file could end up missing.
You would need to set it up so that it either creates a new folder and writes to it if all of the file wont fit or set it so that it alerts you to the potential oversize.

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I have Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and noticed that my c:\windows folder size is 24gbs!

Is this normal?

My Temp folder is 5.4GBs, not sure if it's safe to clean out the files in that folder...

A:Windows Folder Size 24gb

I don't quite understand the main question, but it is safe to empty the Temp files. The files are intended to be removed automatically, but it doesn't always happen.

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You know the columns they have for file size, name, type, etc. How do I get one for folder size?

A:Folder size in Windows Explorer

You don't, unless there is a third party program out there!

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Hi again ,

2nd post ... 2nd problem .. lol

I have a Windows XP machine. The problem is that when i check the Windows folder size , it shows the size as around 7 GB, But when i open that folder , select all the subfolders and check the size of these subfolders , the size is only 1.5 GB.

The free space on C drive is very less and speed of the system is too slow.

is there any workaround for this issue ?


A:XP windows folder size issue

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OS: windows XP sp2,
physical memory:1.5 GB

any one knows why my windows folder size is 5 GB ?
it was 2 GB when my windows was new installed .
but after the automatic updates installed ,
and after i installed Visual studio 2005 ,and other softwares
it became 5 GB in size .

A:Huge Size of Windows Folder

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I'm trying to save some space on my cramped SSD. My Windows folder is 24.1 GB, and of this subfolder winsxs is 13.2 GB, subfolder installer is 3.2 GB, subfolder System32 is 2.4 GB, assembly subfolder 1.4 GB and sysWOW64 is 1.2 GB. Those are the biggies. Am I stuck with these sizes or is there anything I can do to reduce them?

I have deleted all but 3 of my system restores, I do not have a hiberfl (spelling), and have reduced my swp. file on this partition to max. 850 MB (I have another 16GB swp. file on another partition).

A:Is 24.1 GB Excessive for Windows Folder Size (Pro)?

Let's be clear about one thing.
Randomly deleting stuff in your windows folders is going to kill your system.

Best thing I have for you is ccleaner.
CCleaner - Download
Use the file cleaner, but NOT the registry scanner.

Typical size for a windows folder with win 7 is between about 18 and 24 gigs.
There's a lot of factors that determine that, and while you are at the top end of that, you are not into a realm where I think something is wrong.
As long as you have another drive you can completely remove the page file from the ssd btw. You just have to have a page file it doesn't have to be located on the boot drive.

Deleting old restore points may buy you back a gig or two from the windows folder as well.

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I downloaded WinDirStat because I felt like my hard drive space was just disappearing. My hard drive capacity is 142GB. I bring this up because I only had about 5GB left to work with. I cleaned it up pretty well getting rid of a lot of old temp files and some other stuff. I now have about 40GB of free disk space. I've been reading the forums and everybody seems to be saying not to remove any files from winsxs. I feel like 13.5GB is a lot considering people think that their same folder being 4gb is a lot. is there any way at all that I can clean this up without breaking applications?

A:C:\windows\winsxs Folder Size 13.5 GB

Hello and welcome to the Vista Forums!

I have got quite a lot of say! First and foremost, that size is incorrect! The Windows Side by Side configuration stores a lot of duplicate files, exactly the same. However, the other copies are only hard links to the first copy, and don't take up any additional space. Those first copies may not even be in there anyway, and may point to somewhere else again!

Hard links are used to link these folders. These are far more robust than shortcuts or symbolic links. They show as the full size in Windows Explorer or WinDirStat. My point is that your file size is not 12GB. Microsoft always quote 400MB of actual data taking up space as manifests, first files, etc. etc. Your folder is quite large, so perhaps you are more around the 600MB line.

You can get some more general information here: Demystifying the WinSxS directory in Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003/2008 - Aaron Tiensivu's Blog

Sadly, you cannot delete any of it, and it is very difficult to shrink. The best you can do is run vsp1cln from a Command Prompt to remove some pre-SP1 stuff. Note that you can now no longer uninstall SP1, although this shouldn't matter too much, and you cannot then get pre-SP1 hotfix corruption replacement files out of it either, although that should matter even less.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!


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I had done a very recent repair installation of Windows XP Home Edition 1a by booting from CD. Then I installed Service Pack 3 and a multitude of updates, as prompted by Windows Update. The size of the Windows folder on my installation hard drive (C:/) has now ballooned to about 7 to 8 GB. Can any of these update files be removed safely? Thank you for your kind help.

A:Windows Folder is greater than 7 GB size

Well...I would examine the contents of any folder...before I ever thought about deleting anything in it.One utility that will enable you to accurately see the size of that folder, WinDirStat .My Windows folder is currently about 4GB and I have all updates and SP3 installed...I haven't deleted anything from this folder ever.LouisSystem manufacturer and model? What steps did you take to do this "repair install"?

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Recently when I use favorite ccleaner software to clean my temp files, I notice that there is large size file is creating by name of CBS.log in C:\Windows\Logs\CBS with size of 200 MB or more.
I never had this issue before and it seems that this causes a high usage of cpu and hard drive speed,which causes affect on my gaming experience or other works.
do anyone has any idea why it's creating and why so large? also any suggest to prevent it?

A:large size CBS.log files creating, was never before

CBS.log is where SFC (System File Cleaner) among others writes it's information. 200MB is not a lot so I wouldn't be too concerned.

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Hi all
It seems that the default paging size set in RTM is the same as the actual amount of physical RAM in the system - on the laptop I'm using this is 4GB.

Now unless your system is going totally 100% bonkers the general rule of thumb for setting paging size in almost every OS on the planet that uses paging is to set the page file size at HALF the amount of physical RAM installed in the system.

I've re-set mine without any adverse effects whatsoever. Also makes startup and shut down quicker as there's less paging info to initialize and free.


A:Default paging size in RTM too large

Windows has always set the default page file size to a range of 1.5x to 3x the physical RAM size. And given that 90% of the world's OS is Windows, I think that the vast majority of operating systems don't have it set to half the RAM size. :P

That having been said, setting the paging file size based on the physical RAM size is silly and makes no sense. Even if you set it to half the RAM size, that means that on systems with more RAM, you have a larger paging file (when in fact you will be using less of the paging file). I normally set my paging file to a static size, either 1GB or 2GB, regardless of how much RAM the system has.

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When sending E-mails with attachments, sometimes the attachments open and fill the entire screen. They are the correct size if'n you click on the attachment itself.
Am I doing antthing wrong???


A:Solved: Large size of attachments

You're talking about pictures? Yes it's normal. If you want a view of the picture in a size you can manage, double click on the attachment instead.

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We recently purchased a 22" widescreen Samsung EX2220 LCD monitor. Unfortunately the icons and labels on thedesktop and the teston the toolbars, taskbars, drop down menus are too small. I've changed the setting several times (Control Panel -display-Appearance-"Font Size" and all the "advanced" settings.) By doing this the fonts and text gets larger. However, every time we re-boot, all the settings go back to the way they were - small.
Does anyone know how to keep they large after a reboot?
Any help would be appreciated.

A:Can't keep Icons and font size large
do that first, will help anyhow

your issue may be because your graphics can not handle the resolution you are wanting, check your graphics card/motherboard spec with manufacturer to see what max resolution is

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Hi, I have the exact problem as another member. I have Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit on a 15 inch Toshiba laptop my first computer ever. I changed the DPI screen resolution to the largest print since it was orginally too small to see and now cannot access the bottom of that screen to make any changes to reset it back small again. This enlargement of the screen also occurs on many of the control panel screens and all websites I visit. Spent hours trying everything possible all kinds of ways to fix this and very frustrated. Tried to enter through Classic Control Panel and Ease of Use suggestion to change it but no luck. Will read up on that safe mode idea. My 20 something computer neighbor was also baffled and tried to reboot but was unable to do this either hoping to reset it all back to the factory settings. Thanks for any help. Judy

A:Cannot change large DPI size back

Hello Judy, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You should me able to boot into Safe Mode and change the DPI settings back there, then boot back into the normal desktop mode.

Hope this helps,

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This is driving me NUTS! I've been grappling with this problem for days! I am running Office 2010 on Windows 7 64-bit. I just created my first PowerPoint presentation containing 30 slides, all containing images, with a total of 35 images overall. All of the images together add up to less than 6 MB. During the creation of the slides I was careful to follow the guidelines for Sizing Digital Images For Powerpoint.

However, when I save the presentation to disk, it is over 55 MB! I have tried to Compress Pictures from the Format toolbar-- no effect. In fact, file size of the presentation was larger after this. If I go to File>Info>Optimize Media Compatibility, this option is GRAYED OUT and does not work! I want to be able to send this presentation as an email attachment, but 55MB is way too big!

What the heck is going on here? How can I fix this???

Thanks for any and all advice.

A:PowerPoint File Size Too Large!

are you saving just the presentation itself - or the full working powerpoint file?

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The contents of my Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder is currently using 3.8 GB of disk space. Is there any safe way to reduce this?

Dan Randolph -
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Drives me nuts that Folder windows do not (have option) to remember their size and position. Or am I just stupid?

And which forum would this be under?

A:Want folder windows to remember size and position

Choose the size and position you want and hold left control and click the red cross to works for me ..good luck.

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heres mine believe it or not been working on it all week, and made i niffty program to take out a few hundred gigs from it

A:So whats the size of your windows\winsxs folder

Quote: Originally Posted by dsk04

heres mine believe it or not been working on it all week, and made i niffty program to take out a few hundred gigs from it

Sorry, I am never going to believe that.


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Thanks for the help in advance.

I have a folder (actually many) that give the wrong size in MB. Right clicking on a folder and selecting properties pops up a dialog that has the size listed as 11.5MB (12,163,992 bytes). Last I checked 12,163,992 bytes = 11.6MB. Why does windows report an inconsistent size.

I need to understand where windows got the 11.5MB from.

PS I was going to upload a screenshot of the property dialog but could not figure out how to insert a picture into this forum.

A:Windows folder properties gives wrong size

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Hi All,
Weird thing is happening to one of the Win 2000 workstation.

When I right click on WINNT folder and choose properties - the size shows 15.xx GB.
When I go into to WINNT folder and select all files and folder (including hidden), and choose properties, the size shows only 2.xx GB.

anyone knows how to find out the difference? I need free up some HDD space.

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows 2000 WINNT folder size

It's the way Windows works - as follows:
If you select WINNT by itself, you get the larger value and the true drive space usage.
If you select all the files individually, hidden and system files are not counted, unless you have selected to show them in Tools => Folder Options => View.

To see a graphic of drive or folder space usage, download TreeSize here:

Just download the 'Download.exe' version that doesn't need to be installed, or if you want it installed in your computer, get the 'Installer' version.

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I would suspect the computer component that would dictate what size to set the Temp. Internet File Size...That being: Tools/Internet Options/General/Settings under Temporary Internet Files/Amount of disk space to use...Would be the size of your RAM.

With 4 1GB sticks installed with 3.31GB showing in "My Computer/Properties...What would be the proper setting in this case?

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I'm trying to merge several clips, there are 8 and they total to 283 MB, when done the file is 10.8 GB !

The files are shot at 30 fps 640x480 AVI, and I chose the same for output, other than changing from Default sound 8 bit mono I took 8 bit Stero?

I was using Honestech software, all I want is to merge the clips and have them be in the same format as they were?


A:Trying to merge clips but file size is much too large?

AVI (audio-video interleave?) is just a "wrapper" that can be used around several different codecs. So what you are doing most likely is taking a fairly substantially compressed avi, like a divx-avi or xvid-avi and converting it to a dv-avi, or some other much less compressed avi, hence the much larger file size.

Use Gspot to find out what codec the source videos are using and then either choose the same one as output or just use one of the codecs with greater compression. It may be listed in the software as MP4 or Divx or somesuch. Adjust compression as needed. The one listed as AVI is usually the DV-AVI and that is an editing format, not so much a final video product format because it is much less compressed.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 397316 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2015, Updated and Enabled

The last time I backed up my C:\ drive, I noted the size of the data saved was about 49GB. Recently, I did a Treesize scan of my C:\ drive and the scan reported 55GB. Is there some way I can determine which folders or files caused the jump in size? I have downloaded some small programs, such as an appointment calendar, a diary, but these are only a few MB. Also, I have updated some software, such as my antivirus (AVG free), Adobe, Java, Windows, as urged. I wonder if any of these could have increased the size of my data to 55GB from 49GB.

I am not so concerned about using HDD capacity. I have plenty of that for my needs. But when I do an backup image, my external HDD is limited to 37GB, and I have been using medium compression to fit the backup of 49GB. I don't know if I can fit 55GB, even with compression. That is why I want to determine the cause of the jump in C:\ drive usage.

A:Solved: Tracing large increase in OS size.

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Hi Guys,
I recently downloaded America's Army , it was an exe file of 2.50GB .
When I tried to open it ; the pc hung ;
First I thought the file must be broken.
Later when i put in a dvd, to install medal of honor demo 554mb, i experienced the same problem. I opened process explorer and the double clicked again on the exe; I observed that "medal_of_honor_pacific_assault_demo.exe" was opening multiple times , dunno how to put it , like a chain until i terminated it ;
like this

But when i try opening exe files of lower size live TTpro.exe 5mb ; and other stuff they open without any problem.

I scanned for viruses & spyware ; with zonealarm but detected none.

Also I noted that the exe files with large files dont have their usual icons .
I also made sure that they aren't isolated cases. Check the pics

My sys config is AMD 64 3000+ , 1.5GB Ram , nvidia 7100gs, 240gb hd

I'm totally confused about this.

A:Unable to open exe files having large size

How long have you let AA run before canceling it?

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The text and icons on the desktop are overlapping and the same website in IE is displaying large fonts even though the text size is set to medium. They previous user may well have set some disability option/s, but I can't see which.

Screen dumps attached.

Windows XP Home

A:Stopping large/variable size fonts

You should be able to adjust these settings through the Control Panel Accessability Options.

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How did I change the font size from appearance to large for an individual user in a Citrix desktop (Windows 7 build).

When right clicking personalize it's blocked by group policy.
This must not apply to all users only the one persons profile.

I'm currently looking for the registry setting under HKEY_Current_User.

Thanks in advance.

A:Changing font size to large via registry

Quote: Originally Posted by TheITGuy

How did I change the font size from appearance to large for an individual user in a Citrix desktop (Windows 7 build).

When right clicking personalize it's blocked by group policy.
This must not apply to all users only the one persons profile.

I'm currently looking for the registry setting under HKEY_Current_User.

Thanks in advance.

You want to revert the font size back to default in the registry , correct?

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hey i am venkatesh,
in my system the drive C: has a size of 24 GB and used space is around 21GB and if i see the size of all the folders in it (including the hidden folders) the size is around 16 GB..
i don't no this comes under which type of problem ....


A:difference in folder size and drive size

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I've been wanting to see how much space folders take up, like how Disks display them when you open My Computer. Is there such an addon to Explorer, or recommend any free apps that do this?

Pic attached is of Disks, but I want Folders to do the same thing:

A:Folder Size, like Disk Size addon/app?


Try foldersizes (paid not free)
this one though is free

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Hello everyone,

So recently, I looked at my local disc(C) and I found out that it is going short on GBs, so I looked in and found that Windows folder is occupying about 32 Gbs of the partition's space alone.. I don't know what to do and this is causing me problems with performance and soon will occupy all the partition.

Things I have tried so far;

Ran Ccleaner.
Deleted all files in Temp folder.
Deleted all files in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.

Windows version:

Windows 7 Ultimate |Service pack 1| 64bit operating system |

Thanks in advance

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Ok.. I have a laptop where I want to increase the font size of the folders file listings.

How do I increase that font size?

I went to DISPLAY, settings, appearance, advanced and managed to change everything EXCEPT the folder lising font size..

I selected bigger fonts. but that didn't help.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

A:help, increasing size of files listings in folder windows

Will this help you?

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When we open our storage HD for media (flicks and TV) and other folders with files and or other folders inside the File FOLDER. the command bar shows a column for size, length, date, etc but it shows no information. We'd mostly like to see the size of the file FOLDER with the files and folders in it. man now I'm confused.....

M/Videos/Folder/folders/files how to display size of the red folder in the size column in windows explorer

A:How do I show file FOLDER size in windows explorer

Issue has been discussed at Sevenforums already.

Folder size?
Any way to get the folder size to show in details?
Folder Size in Windows Explorer

Probably, best advice (non-3d party) here.

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How can I adjust page size for internet on my phone. Since last update page is huge and off screen. Lumia640 let W10 Mobile. Cheers drew.

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Outlook file size stays large even after compacting.
Outlook 2010 - 32bit
Win 8.1 - all updates installed
Hi there, hoping someone can shed some light on this for me.
Even after compacting the outlook pst file, the file size still seems to be huge.
Here are the details:
I've archived all the all old emails into separate pst files.
Compacted the main pst file, which it did drop down in size.
However when I do a folder size within the main pst file it shows the following
Inbox  1,283,757 KB (all sub folders included in that total)
Sent     761,452 KB 
Junk         3,330 KB
No other folders have anything in them, ie Drafts, Deleted, Outbox, RSS Feed, Search Folder
Total   2,048,539 KB or about 2 GB
The file size is showing 5,091,209 KB
Down from over 12 GB before archiving and compacting
Anyone know what's going on here?
Thanks for any help !

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How can I adjust page size for internet on my phone. Since last update page is huge and off screen. Lumia640 let W10 Mobile. Cheers drew.

A:Internet page size too large on mobile device.

Try this How to resize text, apps, and other items in Windows 10 Mobile | Windows Central (or)
Zoom in or out:
Place 2 fingers on the screen, and slide your fingers apart or together.

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what to know if anything can be done about the file size of wordperfect 9 after inserting a jpeg image. i inserted one jpeg image of about 200k and saved the file. it comes out to be over 6 times the size of the image. is this normal or is there something i'm not doing. i've created the jpeg from a bmp using adobephotoshop at difference quality but doesn't seem to work. tried different converting programs and still no major reduction in file size. running windows xp and install all the service paks for xp and wordperfect 9. any help would be great!!! thanks...

A:wordperfect 9 file size too large with image files

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Dell Latitude 810D probably about 4 years old running XP Pro SP3. The following has happened a few times in last 18 months but reboot has always solved problem - today it continues even after reboot. No new software has been added recently; anti-virus program runs in background all the time and full sys scan every night. Dell tech support says it is a software issue. I am not getting any error messages, just screen magnification that has not been asked for by user.

When opening Firefox or MSWord initially the web page (or word document) looks normal at a reasonable text point size, but within a few seconds it progressively zooms larger to over flow the screen. In Firefox it looks like 1,600% in Word it seems to go to 500%. In either application using the menu or keyboard shortcut to restore screen to a more readable text size only retains that for a few seconds before it zooms and over flows the screen. Usually clicking on the scroll bar to move vertically is erratic and even though you click to go down on the page the screen seems to jump downward but then back up on its own.

As I said, rebooting typical would solve things but not today. Using the computer of a friend as my laptop is impossible to work with. Typing text in browser search, or Word, or email program because of the magnification becomes nearly impossible to track. I have not tried other apps, but the magnification is consistent except that with Internet Explorer things automatically zoom out making things at ... Read more

A:Solved: Firefox, MS Word, etc zoom to large size on own

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When I was running windows 8.1 I got download speeds of 76 Mbps and upload of 33Mbps. Since upgrading to windows 10 Home the MAXIMUM download speed is 23 Mbps and upload of 10Mbps. How do I correct this problem remembering that I am a novice with respect to computers.
I am using a i7 duel 2.50 processor with 16 GB ram.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 404843 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014, Updated and Enabled

As you may see above, I have an HDD with 449GB of which 402GB are free: about 47GB in use. About 0.5 GB are personal data, which I backup weekly. I have a system recovery disc and the OEM Win7 and OEM drivers from Dell. Thus, in a catastrophic HDD failure, I would have the means of recreating my original OS and restoring my data.

I also have 38 GB IDE internal HDD from my last computer. It works well with an adapter set. My 47GB system will not fit on a 38GB drive. If I could trim the Win 7 OS down to about 37GB, then I could put a system image on the extra drive that I have from my old computer.

I do not do more with my computer than browse the internet, use email, and play free-cell. I don't think I need all the stuff in the 47 GB that now occupies less than 10 % of my monstrous HDD. How can I safely put my Win 7 on a reducing diet to get rid of 10GB of OS so that it will fit on my 38GB backup drive? Is that possible?

A:Solved: Windows 7 Weight Reduction

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When I was running windows 8.1 I got download speeds of 76 Mbps and upload of 33Mbps. Since upgrading to windows 10 Home the MAXIMUM download speed is 23 Mbps and upload of 10Mbps. How do I correct this problem remembering that I am a novice with respect to computers.
I am using a i7 duel 2.50 processor with 16 GB ram.

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I just upgraded a friend's laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Home and with Windows 10 Home it was getting 10-25 Mbps. The temporary fix was to connect the laptop to an Ethernet cable. I told the owner to contact their ISP and get a better modem. I hope it is not Windows 10 Home that is causing this problem.

Maybe this problem is caused by interference? I did notice that the laptop was getting much stronger signals from the neighbours which are much further away than this cable modem.

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my dell laptop with microsoft windows xp has had the screen settings in the diplay mode locked up too large to be able to get to the resolution bar reset to a higher resolution so that i can work with my programs. I can move the program up or down just enough to see the two monitors but not any lower. I'v gone into the safe mode to try and change the resolution settings but this has not worked and i have tried to reset the computer in safe mode to an earlier date when it was working ok but upon retart the curser andhour glass is as large as my thumb.

A:[SOLVED] screen size settings locked up too large to be able to change it

Are you able to reach your display settings?

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hi there people,
this is embarrassing!
been using Windows since forever but eyesight now failing.
Have increased the screen type size so that I can still read it, but now the icons are gigantic.
I do remember going through this exercise on my previous PC before I bought my Samsung R780 notebook and I did it then with a simple utility.

I am working on a project now that is overdue, so any help would be much appreciated.
I have quickly tried to find a similar problem via search with no luck.

A:Icon displays too large after screen type size increased

Hello Himagain, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This sounds like the DPI settings that you changed if everything is huge now. If so, then you could use OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to reset it back to the default 96 DPI (100%).

DPI Display Size Settings - Change

Hope this helps,

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ok I did a lot of research and a lot of people seems to think they know what I am talking about but infact they dont, and i have try and tried many of the methods they suggested and its obviously not working thats why im posting here.

I want to manually change the icon size of the toolbar/quicklaunch, NOT the taskbar, but most likely the pinned icon via toolbar/quicklaunch in window 7. this might also be related to changing icon size of the pinned icon on taskbar, but its not the taskbar thats troubling me, it is the toolbar/quicklaunch icons.

options listed and exists large and small icon size. large is too large, small is too small. i believe and strongly believe there is a way to change it, either through registry, or resource hack some .dll file, i donno which but i would like to get some help from experts please.

i hope to see other people out there sharing the same pain as i do.
these are the things that ive tried.

- shellicon in registry size 16 to whatever it is, has not helped.
- desktop -> personalize -> windows color -> advanced settings -> captions.. etc none has helped.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Desktop -> WindowMetricsFind "MinWidth" which obviously has no effect on the toolbar/quiclaunch icon size.

A:change toolbar/quicklaunch icon size other than large/small.

Quote: Originally Posted by koolkat77

could you post a screenshot of how your task bar looks now?

as you can see from picture below, same icons. but large is too large, small is too small. i wish there is a change in registry where i could modify this as i do not wish to use 3rd party dock.

those 3rd party program looks nice, but since they are not part of the taskbar, windows that are opened block them, and even if they do come with functions to be always on top, they block the windows that are opened instead.

unless theres a 3rd party dock that can be part of the taskbar, im wont be interested in it.

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Hi guys,

getting low disk space warning...
looking into this, i found folder windows\system32\dlg is 96gb...
for the pass week or so i've notice my cable modem light are going crasy and i'm not even brosing the net...
looks like something is dowling on to my c: drive,
when i stop the process ctfmon.exe my modem light stops.
i search my computer for file ctfmon.exe and found one in system32 folder and one in system32\dlg folder the one in the dlg folder as a mule icon beside and when i bring my mouse curser on it a yellow box open up with description is emule... i tried to remove this emule but can find it in add\remove...

any suggestions

A:c:\windows\system32\dlg folder size 96gb low disk space warning

Hi guys,

getting low disk space warning...
looking into this, i found folder windows\system32\dlg is 96gb...
for the pass week or so i've notice my cable modem light are going crasy and i'm not even brosing the net...
looks like something is dowling on to my c: drive,
when i stop the process ctfmon.exe my modem light stops.
i search my computer for file ctfmon.exe and found one in system32 folder and one in system32\dlg folder the one in the dlg folder as a mule icon beside and when i bring my mouse curser on it a yellow box open up with description is emule... i tried to remove this emule but can find it in add\remove...

any suggestions

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Hello, I have a friend who is starting to lose his sight, and is having trouble reading the text on the sidebar in Windows Explorer. Is there any way to increase the font displayed, other than decreasing the resolution?

Here is what I am referring to



A:Increase font size Windows Explorer Folder Task pane

Have you thought about increasing font size globally? Right click anywhere on the desktop, pick properties, then go to the appearances tab. For font size pick large or extra-large. You may have to reboot.
Also you can use the magnifier tool in Windows to see parts of the screen. Go to start, program, accessories, accessiblity, magnifier. If your friend ends up using it often, go to that same spot in the start menu, right click on magnifier and pick copy. Then go to the desktop, right click, and pick paste.

P.S: Just a technicality: your screenshot shows the "common tasks bar" aka "places bar". The "Windows sidebar" is actually a feature in Windows Vista, which you can see here (it's on the right; it's transparent, so you can't see it, but it's definitely a bar).

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When I'm nearing the threshold of adequate free disk space for reasonable defragmentation times, I start to monitor my disk space utilization a bit more closely.

Sometimes I notice some strange changes in how much free disk space I have, meaning fluctuations in amounts as high has 3 to 4 gigabytes. For example, I will see I've got 21.6Gb free then suddenly notice it has dropped to 17.9Gb. I use the Disk Clean utility to flush any excess files out, but that doesn't do much. I check the temp folders manually, just to be sure there aren't large garbage files left behind either. I clear the cache of my two main browers. Still no change. I'll go run Windows Update, expecting that maybe some files were downloaded and are now waiting to be installed, but that doesn't turn up much either. I even reboot to see if that forces some kind of clean-up (which sometimes happens), but that may not free up any disk space.

Later on, I'll check again, and sure enough I'm back up above 20Gb in free space. A mystery, as I've no clue as to what changed. Does anyone have an idea as to what may account for such large amounts of disk space being mysteriously occupied and then released?

Also, I just checked my Windows root folder and see it is taking up 11Gb of space. I seem to recall some time back when I first got my system that it was not much above 8Gb. Why would the operating system file tree end up swelling by nearly 50% and is there anything within it that could be pruned without... Read more

A:Disk space fluctuations and average size of Windows root folder

Hi Again
I think that the best way is to test yourself. Download win dir stat and it will give you a complete diagrahm of what is on your hard drive at any time.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
make the mandatory malwarebytes and anti virus scan.

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I've been working on a thorough system cleanup in an attempt to get my hard drive usage down to a minimum. The Windows folder (C: Windows) has been by biggest obstacle. I couldn't believe it was taking up 22GB of space even after running both CCleaner and Windows Disk Cleanup. I've been reading and researching all night, both on this forum and elsewhere and the answer appears to be that "winsxs" (inside the Windows folder and now at 11GB on my system) is designed to continue growing endlessly as it adds more dll files every time you install a program and it never deletes the files even after you've uninstalled the program. This explains why I see reports of people's Windows folder ranging from 10MB to 34MB. Wow, I remember just a couple years ago when WindowsXP, all my programs, documents, photos and audio files only took up 20 to 25GB.

I'm not inclined to be a complainer or criticize people who have built an entire operating system when I still struggle to point, click and make a program work. I'm thoroughly impressed with people who can design, program and create such an impressive and infinitely complex object as an operating system. Nevertheless, it does strike my simplistic, common sense mind as being a bit regressive to go from an OS (XP) that takes up 7GB on my old system to one (7) that takes up 22GB on my new system - and all to run pretty much the same software and do pretty much the same things, at least from a users point of view.

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A:Windows folder size is huge and taking over my hard drive - by design?

hi and welcome to the forums

here is a good program to see what disk space is being used in real time, its called windirstat link >>>> WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

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Report: Windows 10 Adding Blue Light Reduction Option

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Hello, I want what's inside the external hard drive, to look the same no matter the pc it's plugged into.
So, I found how to change Folder Icons permanently from another thread,..
Now, what remains is changing the folder view, or else the icons won't be clear, so is that even possible?
PS. I know it's kinda OCD ..

A:External Hard Drive, Permanent Folder View (Folder Icon Size)

I did some research , and found that it was possible on windows xp via the "desktop.ini" through "FolderType=string" (eg: pictures, videos), but it seems it's impossible on windows 7.
The reason is that the " Show Common Tasks" in Folder options has been removed from windows 7.

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Hello Friends,

Over the past few days I have noticed that my Folder Properties (Right Click > Properties) doesn't show the 'folder size' or the 'number of files/folders' the folder contains.

In the General Tab of the Folder Properties the following is displayed:

Size : 0 bytes
Size on disk : 0 bytes
Contains: 0 Files, 0 Folders

Everything else works fine. This problem is specific to the folders. In case of files all details are shown as usual.
In fact when I bring my mouse over the folders the tool tips DO show the folder size and also names of files they contain.

Also this is not because of the folder being empty or anything as this problem is for ALL folders invariably including the Windows folder.
I have tried using Command Prompt. The 'dir' command can list the folder size with no problems.
I also have all requisite permissions as I am the admin. Also UAC etc. is in place.

Additional Details: I have no problems moving folders, copy pasting etc. whatsoever and the computer is working totally fine. Only this problem stumps me.

Please help.

A:Folder Properties General Tab doesn't show Folder 'Size', 'Contains'

nomal and annoying behavior of Win 7.

If you really need to know the size of a folder, you can use a powershell script or, easier, for normal-user is:
Use TreeSize Free which is one my favorite little program jewels.
JAM Software - Windows Freeware

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Source: Report: Windows 10 Adding Blue Light Reduction Option

Microsoft appears to be the latest tech giant joining the fight against the gadget blue light that keeps you awake at night.

The software giant yesterday released a new preview build of Windows 10, which contains references to a f.lux-like feature supposedly intended to limit exposure to blue light before bedtime and help you sleep better. Microsoft itself hasn't made any announcements about this, but a Twitter user by the name of "Core" dug into build 14915 and spotted references to the so-called "BlueLightReduction" feature, as was first reported by WinBeta.

Read more: Report: Windows 10 Adding Blue Light Reduction Option

I'm a massive fan of f.lux, I discovered it two years ago when I noticed my quality of sleep wasn't the best, ever since using f.lux, it's made a huge difference to my sleep for the better.

Feel free to give it a try! Let me know how it goes: f.lux

I can't never use a device without it now (Twilight Pro user on Android as well).

A:Report: Windows 10 Adding Blue Light Reduction Option

Thanks for this handy post Spartacus.
I will look into this,
if MS does add it I hope they don't break anything lol

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So this is a new build and I had some BSOD issues, boot-up problems and random shut down issues...all of which seem to be taken care of. I just have this one last issue that I am wondering about but not sure if its a big deal...

My boot time seems longer than it should with the amount of memory, SSD, and processor I have. Here are my times:

0-15 secs BIOS
15-40 seconds (25 seconds) Black cursur flashing screen will pause and curser will flash more.
40 - 1:06 (26seconds) The Windows startup and logo
1:06 - 1:20 (14 secs) login password and open browser.

Total time 1:20 I cant say this is horrible but 50 secs seems a long time after the BIOS to the login password. This startup time is only slightly better than my old platter HD and I have seen some people post outragous boot up times with SSD's. I am not expecting those speeds but was curious for anyones thoughts with what might be going on. I think I am more concerned because I dont remember the black screen as long on any of my other computers and the windows logo seemed quicker. But between login and browser I think is fast.

A:Abnormally lag between BIOS and Windows

I'm have never used your mother board. The motherboards that I have use has a setting in seconds for how long the bio splash screen stay. This info should be in your manual for your motherboard.
Once you are in Windows 7 lets see what is starting up.
Start and type in msconfig and go to Start Up. How many check mark do you have. I have 4, Microsoft current version, mouse, keyboard, and security. Now slide over to the Service tab. Put a check mark in Hide all Microsoft Services. Don't mess with Microsoft Services. All I have is one of my 3rd party security programs.
You have a very nice computer.

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I am having Windows XP SP2. Symantec Anitirus is used in the system and updated. Win IT pro got installed recently. After sometime the system restarts undefinetely. I dont find any solution for that. Re-installed Windows XP, but no icon appears in the desktop after system logs in. Restart of system started again. Formatted the drive where Windows XP was installed and tried installing again. But getting message as "tbsvbcap.sys", "event97.dll" etc. are not avaiable. Tried with original and backup CD but did not help. Please help me to resolve the issue.
- Kumar
Chennai, India

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My XP computer is as stated above too slow.
I'm just wondering wether theres a program or something that I perhaps could run/download which will tell me directly whats taking up the most memory..
I've run a Norton Full System scan and I have about 2 million files, however I have a lot of music and pictures, perhaps this is why its so slow?

My computers details:

System: Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

It's a Stone make computer don't know if thats any good or not..

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU
6420 @ 2.13GHz

As far as I know (from the Norton antiVirus scan) I don't have any viruses etc..

Thanks, Regards Wilkinson.

A:My Windows XP computer is abnormally slow.

Hi and welcome to TSF how much space is left on your harddrive look in computer then at your hdd it tells you the hdd size and how much free space is there you need a minimum of 15%, this will help you see what has taken up most space TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

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Hey guys,

I recently purchased a new computer with windows 7, it would boot up in under a minute up until about 2 days ago. Now it is taking about 10 minutes to boot, it gets to the "Windows" picture on the black screen and will stay there.

The HD activity light stays bright and does not flash at all during this time. Also, a strange quiet little noise comes from within the computer as if its trying to start up something again and again.

After awhile it will finish booting up and everything works perfectly after that

Thanks for any help


A:Windows 7 bootup abnormally long all of the sudden. help?

I'd wonder what the quiet little noise is? Can you open the case and try to see what's making the noise? I'd suspect a device that's not able to be recognized - and the noise is Windows turning it on and off repeatedly in order to figure out what it is.

If you can't open the case, then I'd suggest returning it to place you bought it from. A 10 minute boot is not normal!

I'd suggest the reports from this post to get us started (I understand that you aren't having BSOD's - but we can use the reports anyway):

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I have a laptop running Windows XP Home Edition SP3 which is taking really long to startup. It takes about 6+ minutes for me to start seeing my desktop icons, so I thought that this kind of wait is a little out of the ordinary.

I have already done the following.
Removed all unessential item from the MSConfig startup menue.
Scanned for viruse/malware
Disk Defragment
Disk Cleanup
CheckDisk /r /f
None of these things have improved the startup time. I should have done this from the start but it is now a little late. This has been going on for about 3 months otherwise I would have done a system restore. Only essential applications are in the startup menu and all of these would be non GUI programs such as an update manager or service. I read somewhere that you can look at the %SystemRoot%\NtBtlog.txt file to better diagnose the cause but there is a giant log in this file whcih does not seem to help me much.

If anyone has some advice that they can share it would be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.



A:Windows XP Startup Taking Abnormally Long

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Hello. New user here looking for some help. I was cutting and pasting 4 media folders from C:/media/movies to C:/media/TV shows
I cut them. Clicked my media folder link to open it in file explorer and the TV shows folder was missing.
It was just there 5 minutes prior because I was looking to see what files I had there already and what I needed to move over. This folder was pretty large...30ish shows with multiple seasons. I believe it's too large for the recycle bin, but I checked there anyway. I also ensured the view hidden folders option was checked. I can see all other hidden folders. Not sure how that would have happened anyway. Also, a search for file names produces nothing. This is the only drive on the PC. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't notice a big increase of free space as if it was deleted. All other folders in C:/media ate still intact.

A:large folder vanished

Just FYI - I no longer use "cut".  I always use "copy", then I go back and delete if it's not needed.
I've lost too many files that way
If you've cut and it hasn't appeared, try pasting again to see if it was just a glitch
Try GetDataBack Simple from here:
The free version will tell you if there's something left to recover - then they'll want money if you want to recover it.
You can also use the free PCInspector from here:

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I'm having trouble with a game all of a sudden and I'm not sure if it's hardware or software related, so I may try to reinstall the game (even though it has been working perfectly fine for 4 years until now ) and see if that helps.

The game... NASCAR Racing 2003 Season... takes up about 15 gigs on my hard drive. I will burn most of the files to a CD, but I'd like to copy the entire folder or subfolders somewhere else on my hard drive (ample space) to make it an easier transfer later on.

The folder is 15 Gb. Will Windows let me copy and paste something that big? How long will it take?

Or is there a certain reasonable limit for each copy and paste? Don't want to make my CPU and hard drive explode to make matters worse.

A:The Big One- Copying a large folder in XP... How big is too big?

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