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[GUIDE]: Making your windows folder smaller!

By: NeoMayhem (neomayhem@neomayhem.cjb.net) for Neowin.net

Original Thread: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?act=...11&t=62837&st=0

Why would I want to do this?

There are many reasons for making your windows folder smaller, first it saves space and removes windows features you will probably never use that are just slowing down your computer.

What can you delete?

That is what this article is about, I will explain everything I know is safe to delete, and what happens if you do!

Everything I explain in this article has been done on my main system and my other systems for at least 3 months now, my systems have been perfectly stable, and I don

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Thanks, well put together guide!

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great guide neomayhem :)

i've already done much of this, but i followed that thread when it was really going. this guide is really good for the average user, or for someone who doesn't know what something is.

good job (Y)

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thanks

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c0o thanks alot man, really helped...

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thanks for the guide

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excellent piece of text, Mayhem.. couldnt bother to read through it all, since i got my windir down to about 600mb.. i dont need any smaller than that.. :D

and what happens if you delete the entire dir in the cases of "\inf", "\Driver Cache" and "\Help"? i kinda wiped the whole dir structure (including the actual directory) and so far, no problems.. since i disabled WFP, it didnt hold me back at all..

again, very nice editorial work.. you should make a site out of this, kinda like BlackViper has out of his XP Services guide.. outstanding work

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Great job NeoMayhem! maybe this will get posted on the main page :D

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nice post really, i'm impressed :)

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A good thread :yes:(Y) ....

Radish.

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Great work (Y)

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9. c:\windows\downloaded installations\

that dir contains google toolbar for ie, some flash/shockwave plugin dlls and some quicktime files, i don't recommend deleting that.

also i don't recommend messing around w/ /inf dir. you just never know when you'll need those drivers. if you are so low on space that you need to clean out /inf dir you have bigger issues to worry about

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excellent piece of text, Mayhem.. couldnt bother to read through it all, since i got my windir down to about 600mb.. i dont need any smaller than that.. :D

and what happens if you delete the entire dir in the cases of "\inf", "\Driver Cache" and "\Help"? i kinda wiped the whole dir structure (including the actual directory) and so far, no problems.. since i disabled WFP, it didnt hold me back at all..

again, very nice editorial work.. you should make a site out of this, kinda like BlackViper has out of his XP Services guide.. outstanding work

Windows wont let you delete the help folder most of the time, and some programs add there own files in there so if the folder doesnt exist, the program may not install right. Same with the INF folder, many USB drivers you install from a CD place some INF files in there before windows actualy installs the drivers, so if the folder is gone, the drivers may not get installed right :wacko:

I most cases you will be fine deleting the folders, but in some cases it may lead to problems, so I leave them there :p

Same thing with the Diver Cache to, if/when you install SP2, it will place a SP2.cab file in there, and if the folder is gone, it may mess things up :wacko:

Great job NeoMayhem! maybe this will get posted on the main page

That would be cool :p

Glad you all like it so far :p

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another thing, unlike older versions of windows help, WinXP's help is actually very good. obviously not as big as MSKB, but it does have alot of info, guides and wizzards.

you should think twice about deleting it..

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another thing, unlike older versions of windows help, WinXP's help is actually very good. obviously not as big as MSKB, but it does have alot of info, guides and wizzards.

you should think twice about deleting it..

It is a lot better, but I never have needed to look at it, because most of what is answers is basic things I already know howto do :p

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really nice guide..i'll probably do this next weekend.... just before a re-format to make sure your "theory" is true...:)

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this is excellent NeoMayhem :yes:(Y)

Thanks so much..... i will be trying this soon :happy:

m0.

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Do you know if it's fine to delete the Windows\System folder in XP?

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Do you know if it's fine to delete the Windows\System folder in XP?

No, that folder contains dirvers and things to make older apps run on 2k/XP, windows *might* work if you delete it, but you would have problems with things :wacko:

LOL, look at the setup.inf file in the system (NOT system32) folder, it is the windows 3.1 installer :wacko:

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I did this yesterday and my pc seems to be more responsive in general, thnx :D

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this is a great guide, helps alot, thanks

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I did this yesterday and my pc seems to be more responsive in general, thnx :D

Cool, I am not sure if it really does, but it seems like it :p

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9. c:\windows\downloaded installations\

that dir contains google toolbar for ie, some flash/shockwave plugin dlls and some quicktime files, i don't recommend deleting that.

I think your mixing up that folder with the Downloaded Program Files folder.

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LOL, look at the setup.inf file in the system (NOT system32) folder, it is the windows 3.1 installer :wacko:

:laugh: youre right! wtf......

    caption  = "Windows Setup"

    exit      = "Exit Windows Setup"

    title    = "Installing Windows 3.1"

    options  = "In addition to installing Windows 3.1, you can:"

    printwait = "Please wait while Setup configures your printer(s)..."

    copywait = "Welcome to Microsoft Windows 3.1!\n\n  - If you're new to Windows, see 'A Brief Tour of\n    Microsoft Windows' in the Getting Started book.\n\n  - If you've used Windows before, see 'New\n    in This Version' in the Getting Started book."

LOL and check out the space requirements..

; Disk space required

; <type of setup>= <Full install space>, <Min install space>

    upd2x386full = 10000000,6144000 ; 10.0 Mb, 6.144 Mb

    upd2x286full = 9000000,6144000  ;  9.0 Mb, 6.144 Mb

    upd3x386full = 5500000,5000000  ;  5.5 Mb, 5.0 Mb

    upd3x286full = 5500000,5000000  ;  5.5 Mb, 5.0 Mb

       

    new386full  = 10000000,6144000 ; 10.0 Mb, 6.144 Mb

    new286full  = 9000000,6144000  ;  9.0 Mb, 6.144 Mb

    netadmin    = 16000000        ; 16.0 Mb

    netadminupd  = 16000000        ; 16.0 Mb

    upd2x386net  = 300000          ;  .3 Mb

    upd3x386net  = 300000          ;  .3 Mb

    upd2x286net  = 300000          ;  .3 Mb

    upd3x286net  = 300000          ;  .3 Mb

    new386net    = 300000,300000    ;  .3 Mb,  .3 Mb

    new286net    = 300000,300000    ;  .3 Mb,  .3 Mb

these are obviously some kind of packages, but look at the full and min difference.. :rofl:

also check out the file versions.. all are 3.10.. this seems to me like a Win3.1 installation disk.. its even close to 1.44mb.. weird..

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thanks to NeoMayhem for making this guide, in recognition it has now been made sticky :)

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