need to free up space for defragmenter to wor

January 15, 2011 at 07:54:30
Specs: Windows XP
only have 8% free space and disk defragmenter needs at least 15% free space to work. Emptied temp files and removed programs, still at 8%. How do I free up more space??

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January 15, 2011 at 08:33:43
A good "cleaner" for removing junk from your system is CCleaner.

(Click on Download from FileHippo......, in the PayPal box)

Alternate download for CCleaner

Once you download and install it, open the program then click on (on the left hand side) OPTIONS, then COOKIES. Any cookies you want to save (trusted sites, places you have usernames/passwords), highlight them in the left column, then (using the directional arrows between the panes), move them to the right hand column under "Cookies to keep".

Still under Options, click on Advanced. Remove the check mark from the box for "Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 48 hours"

Then click on Cleaner (on the top left). When that window opens, click on Run Cleaner (bottom right of the window.)

When it finishes, close CCleaner, and restart your machine.

Also running RegSeeker to perform additional cleanups would help.

When you open RegSeeker, on the left, click on "Clean the Registry", then place a check mark in the box for "Invalid Services (Experimental)". Click OK.

Progress is reported at the bottom of the window. When it's finished, click on "Select" (under the found entries area)and select all entries. Then click on "Action" (to the right of "Select") and delete all entries.

Follow the prompts for backing up anything removed. File name and location will be provided.

It's a good day when you learn something

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January 15, 2011 at 08:44:01
I suggest you download CCleaner-Slim directly from the source. Go to the builds page, it's the last one on the list. The Slim version doesn't include any garbage sotware such as Yahoo toolbar:

You may as well get Defraggler-Slim while you're at it & use that to defrag your drive:

Also, you need to start cleaning house. Your system probably runs poorly due to the lack of free space. Start dumping any files you're sure you don't need & make sure you empty the recycle bin. Some people don't realize that the files in the bin still occupy space on the drive. And go to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs & uninstall any programs that you don't need.

All this should be done BEFORE you defrag.

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January 15, 2011 at 09:42:02
Disable System Restore... It records any changes in your computer and takes up extra space on your hard drive. To do this right-click on the "My Computer" icon >Properties> click on the System Restore tab> uncheck the box that says "Disable System Restore"(or something like that). Be sure to log on as the administrator to do this.

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January 15, 2011 at 11:27:35
I'm not a fan of system restore, but I don't recommend disabling unless you're computer savy enough to get yourself out of a jam when necessary. But you can lower the amount of hard drive space it uses.

Turn off or reduce system restore to save hard drive space in XP

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January 15, 2011 at 20:15:04
This can clean out System Restore, except for the latest Restore Point.
Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP

Also you can delete the Update folders indicated
here ----
Tidying up after installing SP2

And here ---
XP SP3: Post Installation Cleanup

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January 16, 2011 at 02:40:49
You can clean out your System Restore points by disabling system restore then/ enabling it.
Once completed go to system restore and create a new restore point.
CCleaner is good at freeing up space. Run the Windows cleaner as well, as it compresses files that are messy.
RevoUninstaller has some great cleaners in the tools section. Which bleach the left overs from clearing recycle bin.

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January 16, 2011 at 21:18:27
If you still cant free up space and want to defrag with 8%, download the trial version of an automatic defragger and run it manually or set it to defrag automatically. (Diskeeper works for sure on low free space)

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January 16, 2011 at 21:32:25
you never said how big your Hard drive is. If it's just a 20-40GB drive i would suggest getting an external HD and transferring files to that to free up & vids take up lots of space

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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