Solved Profile Storage Space Exceeded

July 28, 2009 at 09:40:56
Specs: Windows XP, 2.812 GHz / 3518 MB
I just experienced a new problem. There's a Red X in my taskbar and I didn't know what it was. I read up on it before posting here.

Apparently, I exceed my Profile Storage Space Quota. I can't even log off or reboot through Windows because it says I have to move some items from my profile to network or local storage. So I have to manually power down.

I had a few Windows problems and I did a Windows Repair using my original XP disc. Now the other problems are gone and I have this new one.

I never knew about this quota before, but after reading up on it, there should have beeen a Yellow X as a warning when I came close to my quota, but I never got that. The Red X appeared immediately after I repaired Windows, so I imagine the repair had something to do with it.

There's also a new wrinkle. I can't update any Microsoft programs. With the Windows Repair, it reverted back to IE v.6 and Windows Media Player v.9. When I try to update them, it goes through the new installation and then says "Installation could not be completed." I tried to install SP3 and half way through it aborted and said "Access Denied." I don't know if this is related to the Profile Storage Problem or not.

It's a home computer and I'm the only one using it and I have administrative rights.

How can I increase my storage quota. I looked at my Profile in the Advanced Tab of System Properties, but it didn't allow me to do it.

I would rather not have to delete anything from My Documents.

Also, will curing the storage problem allow me to update my programs?

Can anyone help me with these problems?

Thanks.

My Setup:

Dell 531s Inspiron Desktop
AMD Athlon Core 2 Duo CPU
4GB RAM
500GB Hard Drive
Windows XP with SP2 and all updates (can't update to SP3)


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August 11, 2009 at 05:29:55
Thanks Roscop, but I already fixed the problem in an easier fashion. XPUser above tried to help me, but I had never used the Group Policy Editor before and when trying to follow his advice, I mistakenly used Administrative Tools and couldn't find Limit Profile Size. I even posted it in my last message. No one bothered to tell me that I shouldn't be using Administrative Tools or how to open the Group Policy Editor.

So I researched it and the way to do it is type - gpedit.msc - into the Run command and that opens the group policy editor. Nobody here bothered to tell me that. Once in the editor, it was clear saling following XPUser's advice.

My Limit Profile Size was set to Not Configured. I changed it to Disabled and that solved the problem.



#1
July 28, 2009 at 10:22:53
start with telling us how much free space you have and when the last time you ran disk cleanup and defrag.

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#2
July 28, 2009 at 11:09:56
If you are running XP Pro ...

This is a group policy setting. Go to Active Directory or on the local security policy settings and drill down to:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > User Profiles:
Limit profile size = Disabled

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#3
July 28, 2009 at 18:49:05
Hello.

Reply to Response #1:

I have 3 partitions: C - D - E.

C: (OS Partition) Used: 16.1 GB - Free: 24.1 GB
D: (My Programs) Used: 191 GB - Free: 37 GB
E: (My Data) Used: 61.7 GB - Free: 135 GB

I ran disk cleanup and defrag a few days ago. I do that regularly.

Reply to Response #2:

I am using XP Pro. I can't find the Group Policy you mentioned. Is that only available with SP3, because I can't install that right now?

When I go to Administrative Tools, these are the options:

Componemt Services
Computer Management
Data Sources (ODBC)
Event Viewer
Local Security Policy
Performance
Services

I checked Local Security Policy first and then the other options, but couldn't find what you were referring to.

Thanks to both of you for helping me.


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#4
August 11, 2009 at 03:17:53
Hi guys...

Here's step by step instructions for getting rid of this message:

http://www.proposedsolution.com/sol...

Hope this helps.

Rosco


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#5
August 11, 2009 at 05:29:55
✔ Best Answer
Thanks Roscop, but I already fixed the problem in an easier fashion. XPUser above tried to help me, but I had never used the Group Policy Editor before and when trying to follow his advice, I mistakenly used Administrative Tools and couldn't find Limit Profile Size. I even posted it in my last message. No one bothered to tell me that I shouldn't be using Administrative Tools or how to open the Group Policy Editor.

So I researched it and the way to do it is type - gpedit.msc - into the Run command and that opens the group policy editor. Nobody here bothered to tell me that. Once in the editor, it was clear saling following XPUser's advice.

My Limit Profile Size was set to Not Configured. I changed it to Disabled and that solved the problem.


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#6
August 11, 2009 at 05:39:02
Dom

I am happy you solved your problem.

That said, you are being unfair to the people that tried to help you. They may not have visited this thread again since your post. Or they may have just missed that point. At any rate your comments infer a sense of entitlement. This is FREE help.


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#7
August 11, 2009 at 06:07:44
Hi, OtheHill.

I think we have to agree to disagree on this one. I am aware this is a FREE service and I don't think I am entitled to it. However, with that being said, the whole purpose of this site is to try to solicit help. Now, if no one knows the answer and can't help me, that is fine. If someone doesn't read the thread, that is fine.

On the other hand, people shouldn't waste my time either. If you look above, my messages are long. They take a long time to write. My opinion is that if someone does read the thread and does voluntarily and nicely try to help me and they do so by asking me a question or questions, then I have to take the time to respond. Asking the question was one sentence. Probably took 30 seconds to ask. Replying to everything was a 15 minute process. Then there were no responses until Roscop responded now, 14 days later.

My position is if someone does ask a question, forcing me to take the time, energy, and effort to respond, then they have an obligation to follow the thread and read my answer. If they don't want to do that, then they shouldn't bother asking me to respond to their questions in the first place. Why waste my time and theirs if they're going to ask me questions and then not respond to them?

Believe me, I am not unappreciative and I know it's free, but you would think over a 14 day period, someone would see that Administrative Services I was mistakenly using is not the Group Policy Editor and simply told me how to start the editor. The funny thing is no one responded for 14 days and now you responded five minutes after I responded to Roscop. ;)

I don't think I'm being unreasonable or too demanding. I just think that if someone does offer help, they should enable email notifications when there are replies to the thread and then follow up on it. If they don't want to do that, then as I said, I would prefer them not to respond in the first place, rather than keep me hanging.

And that's the story, OtheHill. :)



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#8
August 11, 2009 at 14:04:00
They don't need to enable email notification. Each time I visit CN any thread I have participated in will show as new activity.

That said, you are saying that because you can't follow instructions that XPUser is responsible?


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#9
August 11, 2009 at 19:50:41
> That said, you are saying that because you can't follow instructions that XPUser is responsible? <

No, I didn't say that. What I said is that NO ONE bothered to tell me. I didn't mention him specifically.

Also, you appear to be putting the cart before the horse. This is a Tech site, where people come for help. I use a home computer, am not on a network, and am the only user of the computer. So I never had a need for and never used the Group Policy Editor before. It's also not something that is intuitively accessible.

So it's NOT a matter of I "Can't" follow instructions, but rather a matter of I didn't know how to. You see it's a help site and on most such sites, when people offer help, they usually spell things out.

So I appreciate XPUser's help and he gave the right answer and I'm not blaming him, per se. I just thought it was odd that with all the experts here, that over 14 days nobody saw that I couldn't follow XPUser's advice because I was trying to do it through Administrative Services, instead of the Group Policy Editor, which I had never used before.

It reminds me of the old Steve Martin joke where he says, a guy wrote a book entitled, "How to make a million dollars and not pay taxes." So he buys the book and the first sentence says, "Okay, first get a million dollars." :)

That's sort of like what I felt like. I'm told, Go to to the Group Policy Editor and do this. Okay, where is the Group Policy Editor and how can I access it?

Anyway, I seem to have upset you with my comments to Roscop, when I said nobody bothered to tell me. It was not my intention to upset you and I wasn't singling anyone out. I was just innocently stating the fact that nobody did alert me to my mistake. I didn't mean to cause all this commotion.


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#10
August 11, 2009 at 20:02:37
No problem.

It was just your choice of words that bothered me. "No one bothered to tell me that I shouldn't be using Administrative Tools" That word bothered is what caught me. I understand your frustration. I can only guess why XPUser didn't reply back.

Anyway, all is well and I hope you return to CN frequently.


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#11
August 11, 2009 at 21:17:38
I just wanted to thank everyone for their posts. I was fearful that I had gotten yet ANOTHER virus, and was really grateful to A. get a straight forward fix; and
B. trustworthy advice that hasn't resulted in more problems. Thanks again.

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#12
August 12, 2009 at 07:34:20
Thanks OtheHill. All is well here, too. If I have any more problems, I do look forward to returning here.

I'm not quite certain what Slipping's message is about though. :)


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