Bloated Windows Installer Files

March 17, 2009 at 11:01:16
Specs: Windows XP
Okay, I have a 70g Dell that has about a gig of free space left. Using TreeSize, I see that there are 31g being used up by Windows Installer Files.

Tricky part is that I can't access that folder. I'm the administrator and I've got the Windows Explorer set to see hidden folders/files but C:\\Windows\Installer just doesn't seem to exist.

I've done disc cleanups, ran CCleaner, tried to do defrags (not enough space to complete successfully) and all old programs that weren't being used have been deleted. Space is still scarce.

Any nudges in the right direction?


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#1
March 17, 2009 at 11:13:03
Why are you doing a DOUBLE slash mark after the "C" ????

It shows up for me if I do
C:\WINDOWS\Installer


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#2
March 17, 2009 at 11:16:31
Checkout the Windows Installer cleanup utility, it 'might' help.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

That folder growing out of control is a known problem. It's where uninstallers for windows updates are stored.


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#3
March 17, 2009 at 11:44:09
Look at this page for a fix ----
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/fo...
C:\Windows\Installer Folder is out of control!

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#4
March 17, 2009 at 11:46:27
Why are you doing a DOUBLE slash mark after the "C" ????

Whoops, sorry about that - just a typo on my end


Checkout the Windows Installer cleanup utility, it 'might' help.

Thanks, I'll try that and post back here afterwards!


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