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[winxp] GUIDE: Making your windows folder smaller!


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#16 S.MULLA

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 22:30

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


#17 m0

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 22:58

this is excellent NeoMayhem :yes: (Y)

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

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#18 sphere

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 23:13

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

#19 OP NeoMayhem

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 23:15

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:

#20 Crackler

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Posted 22 May 2003 - 05:58

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

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Posted 22 May 2003 - 05:59

this is a great guide, helps alot, thanks

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 00:56

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

#23 A10

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 04:34

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.

#24 memNOC

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 04:44

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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#25 Daniel F.

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 09:46

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

#26 OP NeoMayhem

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 21:33

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.

I think so to, Downloaded Program Files has an IE icon, and is where downloaded/installed ActiveX controls are saved (ie, the Google Toolbar), you can delete this if you want, but it isnt part of the guide because most people will want it :p

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


Sweet, thanks ;)

#27 SuperJediMedia

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Posted 26 May 2003 - 12:45

C:\windows\system32\dllcache is "Windows XP File Protection", delete if you want, but know this!

If you delete it, your file system is basically like Windows 95, 98, ME, its WITHOUT protection against incorrect file replacements, system file deletions, etc.

If u R deleting this folder to save space, you should buy a NEW Hard Drive instead! They are NOT expensive these days!

Keep those files there CAN help eliminate a lot of DLLHELL problems, think back how suck it was with Win9x systems, DLLs can be overwritten with OLD ones easily. This is the very thing that Makes Windows XP better! Why you want to take it off?

Edited by JediXAngel, 26 May 2003 - 12:50.


#28 SuperJediMedia

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Posted 26 May 2003 - 13:02

I would like to know how much speed can you actually gain by removing these?

Give a Concrete # please.

A lot of these folder CAN BE deleted, you are right, but it's really NOT RECOMMENDED, unless you back up and like to reformat often.

Once you delete many folders listed here, you are WITHOUT protection. So once your computer begins to not work properly, not booting into Windows XP, etc... you'll be reaching a DEADEND.

You can NOT restore backups from the cache, you Can NOT restore from "System Restore". And for some folders, if you trying to install a hardware, you'll likely get some error screens.

Is it really worth it??? I doubt it myself!

If I delete those, it wouldn't be for Space reasons, cuz I have a pretty BIG HD! And, I work! so I CAN afford another.

It would be for SPEED reasons, so I'd like to hear how much speed do you really gain.

I NEED HARD Proofs, I don't just want estimates!!!

#29 PF Prophet

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Posted 27 May 2003 - 02:59

lol dllcache being gone dosnt dissable the windows file protection it just makes it so ya might have to pull out ur windows cd from time to time

i dont see the point of removing the inf folder not really worth the time IMHO

i remove my dllcache folder just after install never have any problems

corse system restore IMHO is for people to stupid to fix there owen fukups i mean if you dont know enuf to fix windows without system restore doing it for you maby you should get a mac

and i dont get rid of dllcache becouse it speeds the system up i do it becouse i dont need extra copys of aprox 600mb worth of ****
also makes changing windows more work

windows will still prompt you wether you wana replace new dll's with old ones if you dont know that you shouldnt even be reading this

have fun im off to tweak some more on windows :D

#30 prozak

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Posted 27 May 2003 - 03:02

it worked for me so far but i havent restarted my ciomputer



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