Cleaning hard drive space in Windows 8 Pro x64.

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by TimeFire, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. TimeFire

    TimeFire MDL Novice

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    Well, since i installed Windows 8 Pro on my desktop, it already ate 26,8GB of disk space. I have no extra apps installed (posting this from Internet Explorer 10). How can i free some of that space?
     
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    _patrik_ MDL Member

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  3. applegate

    applegate MDL Member

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    use uncleaner from josh cell

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    run windows 8 harddisk cleanmgr.exe (also clean windows installation files but you need admin rights) Note: cleanmgr takes for ever to finish :confused:

    You will save many GB's
     
  4. TimeFire

    TimeFire MDL Novice

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    Yeah i know, whenever i run the cleanmgr utility, it gets stuck on Windows Update temporary files, so i need to stop the win update service and delete everything in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.
     
  5. Espionage724

    Espionage724 MDL Addicted

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    Disable Hibernation via a command (I was surprised to find a 2GB hibernation file on my HTPC, even when I don't use the feature). Can also adjust your page file.

    I might also suggest CCleaner + CCEnhancer
     
  6. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    In Windows 8, the hiberfil.sys is required for hybrid shutdown, AFAIK. Disabling Hibernation disables hybrid shutdown also.
     
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  7. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    #7 murphy78, Jun 24, 2013
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    First run cleanmgr. It can help you clean up windows update downloads, and a few temp files.
    Next run admin prompt command: "powercfg -h off" that will disable hybernation and free up 2gigs. Be warned that it will also disable FastBoot, the win8 hybernation shutdown.
    Lastly you can clean up the winsxs folder by running the admin command prompt command:
    Code:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup
    If you have installed a decent amount of updates, that winsxs folder will get quite full over time.
     
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  8. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Small addendum: After having completed the cleanmgr, reboot. Only then the updates will be cleaned up.
     
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  9. Majestic

    Majestic MDL Junior Member

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    Windows' own Disk Cleanup:

    Control Panel/System and Security/Administrative Tools/Free Up Disk Space

    Remember to include "Clean up system files"
     
  10. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    win8 x64 has a footprint of about 9G, For me now is about 29G with a number of softwares including office 2013.......do you still have windows.old? :eek: