Cleaning up that Driver folder! Where is it?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by MonarchX, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    I distinctly remember that there was a Windows 8.1 folder that stored previous versions of nVidia drivers I had installed. It kept getting bigger and bigger, even though System Restore was turned off. I do not remember the location of that folder, but I do remember deleting those previous nVidia drivers and saving myself quite a bit of space. Could someone please, let me know which that folder was and where it would be located?
     
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  2. zen45

    zen45 MDL Senior Member

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    C:/Nvidia is where mine is on win 8.1 ;)
     
  3. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    Nope, not that one. I don't even have a folder like that. I am talking about a system folder. I think it was DriverStore or something, but I checked it and nVidia folder is small. Something keeps eating away my space!!!
     
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  4. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #4 s1ave77, Dec 6, 2014
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    Even with options to show (most) hidden system files enabled, some still won't show up. Hiberfile.sys, although visible sometimes ignored, is one huge one among them. Additionally i would always check Shadow volumes and System Restore Points both don't show up anywhere but can consume a vast amount of (invisible) space :cool2:.


    EDIT: Reminds me that in Vista times i got a laptop from a friend that asked me to check what is consuming the disk space. Interestingly it was the paranoid system itself by very regulary creating Restore Points for each Software/Driver Install and on a general schedule. Summed up to ~80 GB on that machine :doh:. On a 250 GB drive indeed a number :cool2:.
     
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  5. assbutt

    assbutt Guest

    Never try to delete things from DriverStore manually. The correct way is to use pnputil.exe ;)